Shovels & Rope and I’m With Her: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan

I’m With Her is Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. Four years after their formation at an impromptu show in 2014 at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO, the band released their debut album, See You Around (Rounder Records), in February 2018. Co-produced by Ethan Johns and recorded in Bath, England, See You Around has garnered praise from NPR, who instantly hailed the collection as “willfully open-hearted” and The Guardian calling their sound both “ethereal and purposeful.” From their early contributions in bands such as Nickel Creek and Crooked Still, these three musicians are noteworthy for their recent and extensive solo career successes, including several Grammy awards. I’m With Her have honed a special, family-like chemistry, garnering acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay combined with their indelible harmonies, as the New York Times describes of a live performance, “…when the three women sang together, their voices became one instrument, sharing every breath.” Touring in support of the new album, the band have sold out shows across the US and Europe and have also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS Saturday Morning and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. The trio was recently nominated for Duo/Group of the year by the Americana Music Association.

As the Bronte sister wrote, “The ties that bind us to life are tougher than you imagine.” Shovels & Rope, the musical duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, embody that bond. Married for a decade, their covenant extends to blood and beyond: as parents, bandmates, and creative […]

Meet Kate Rhudy and The DIY Country Music Scene

In the hours before her daily shift at her restaurant, Kate talks feminism in the south, DIY in country music, and sometimes feeling like a total fake.

Kate Rhudy: Humor is the way my brain works. It’s how I’m able to process things. I think it’s a way of not letting something stay a demon forever in your mind, and thats what songs are for me in some kind of way — taking a bad experience and wrapping it up and putting a bow on it and letting it be what it was. Not being too precious about it but being able to bundle it up and then put it aside.

KR: In the past three years I’ve formed some relationships especially with people who are in my band and other bands in the triangle and it’s really sweet. The best thing about my music community is not my life all the time, my community is my restaurant and my roommates and thats really nice. I feel like that is really nourishing and music isn’t in my face all the time. I’m glad to have both i feel lucky to have both: a good music family and a good immediate community.

SS: What do you like about living in Raleigh? How does Raleigh allow you to make the music that you do or live the life that you want?

It’s a quieter, slower moving life here. I live in a neighborhood. I can walk to work. I know the bartenders at the bar down the street, they’ll open the pool table so you can play for free. It’s some sort of routine or tradition.

Kate Rhudy loves the service industry. “Even if I’m a musician full time I hope that I can always pick up shifts at a restaurant someday,” she says with a calming earnestness “I still kind of hope that I am able to be at home.” From her kitchen in […]

Mountain Man To Play Levon Helm Studios

North Carolina three-piece, Mountain Man, will visit Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY on June 1. Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) and college friends Erin Sarle and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig have reunited with a new album and tour after an eight-year hiatus. Toronto musician Doug Paisley will open the show. Tickets […]

Job Seekers- Carolina Renaissance Festival holding auditions

Courtesy of Carolina Renaissance Festival CONCORD — The Carolina Renaissance Festival — a combination of outdoor theater, circus, arts and crafts fair, jousting tournament and feast — will hold open auditions 8:30 a.m. to noon June 22 and 29 at at the Cannon School located at 5801 Poplar Tent […]

Right here right now – Summer, surfing, steaks and seafood this weekend in Charleston

The Wahine Classic surfing competition returns to Folly Beach this weekend. In tune with our Folly Beach Guide, we’ve got a surfing event you don’t want to miss this weekend. You can also catch a pup party, duck race and two foodie events. Growing up in a South Carolina […]

anahan Parks and Rec will host an unusual event at the Hanahan Amphitheater on Saturday: a Music Jam AND the Lowcountry Ribeye Steak Grilling Championship. Sounds like the perfect combo to me. The Music Jam will feature local musicians: Keith & Nathan Miller, Mia B., Kirby Jane, Steam Roller, Bullets Benign and Last Resort: A Tribute to The Eagles. The steak-grilling component will include competitors/grillmasters from throughout the country, but if that’s not your thing, several food trucks will be on site, as well as craft vendors, games and a jump castle for the younger ones. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for comfort.

WHEN: 2-9 p.m. June 1

WHERE: Hanahan Amphitheater, 3100 Mabeline Road

PRICE: Free admission

Family Fun Don’t Be Left Out! Carowinds Debuts New Shows for Summer 2019 – Quick Look…

While you might not realize it at first glance, over the last several seasons, the additions to Carowinds have made the “place where the Carolinas come together” an incredibly well-rounded theme park. Whether it’s been the additions of world-class roller coasters with Fury 325 in 2015 and Copperhead Strike […]

Can You Name This Christian Holiday Biggest Seller Ever? Recorded Today in Music History – May 29

Today in Music History for May 29: In 1837, Charles W. Fry, the English musician who, along with his three sons, formed the first Salvation Army brass band, was born. Fry also authored the hymn, "Lily of the Valley." In 1894, comedienne and singer Beatrice Lillie was born in […]

In 1942, Bing Crosby recorded the world’s biggest-selling record — “White Christmas.” It is estimated to have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide and is still considered to be the best-selling traditional vinyl single. “White Christmas” was written by Irving Berlin, and was featured in the films “Holiday Inn” and “White Christmas.” In 1974, it was among the first eight records named to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame.