DJ for Front Street Blues
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Lan Nichols has been producer and host of Front Street Blues on WHQR 91.3fm in Wilmington NC since its inception in 2003. In addition to making FSB a weekly reality for Blues listeners, Lan is a 40-year veteran of the electric & acoustic bass, directs the annual Cape Fear Blues Festival, and he's an active member of the Cape Fear Blues Society. A proud supporter of the Raising The Roof! Campaign for The Blues Hall Of Fame in Memphis TN, he has also spearheaded numerous efforts (along with members of the CFBS) to create funding for Blues projects and artists, both regionally and nationally. He's been a volunteer and employee of Public Radio since 1999, working as... Read More
The Acoustic Endeavors seed was planted in 1991 when Warren Amberson (bass, mandolin, guitar) and Kelly Green (guitar) met at a festival in Iowa. Warren had finished a stint in the Army (where he'd played with the U.S. Army Bluegrass Band in Europe), and he was touring the U.S. with his German bluegrass band, Foreign Affairs. In 1992, Warren and Kelly put a band together in Tennessee where the two of them attended the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Music Program. Originally with Glen Rose and Tommy Austin, the band went on to win fourth place at the 1994 SPBGMA band contest. The following year, Acoustic Endeavors won the South Carolina Pizza Hut regional championship. Over the years, others who have played or recorded with the band include Tim Laughlin, Amanda Mathis, Tommy Morse, Ernie Power, Randy Utterback, Greg Honeycutt, and John Golden. Previous album projects
Intentionally or not, these Indiana brothers may have created a sonic bridge between old-school blues traditionalists and new-breed blues primitives. The guitar and blues harp on these mostly original tracks ooze with postwar authenticity and the primal production speaks to the Hill Country sounds found so inspiring the last couple decades. Along with the decidely Delta title track, “Your Image”, “Cruel Lovin’” and “You Crazy” stand out.
Rachel Brown Album: Just Look My Way Label: Self Released Genre(s): Classic Country
Posted By: Duane Verh
Feb 22, 2014
While streaks of Ronstadt are evident in the sweet, strong delivery of this Northern Ohio singer, Ms. Brown clearly fashions her own identity over the course of this all-original set. Comfortable and pleasing as she sounds in traditional country mode, Ms. Brown blends her splendid vocal chops with a flair for ballad crafting that takes her into fresh and varied regions. Bandmate bassist Bill Watson contributes the swinging leadoff track, “As We Speak”. Other standouts include Ms. Brown’s “Adam and Helen”, “Just Words” and “Peace in The Valley”. Backup is solid.
Billy has been a true master of the Chicago Blues for decades. Fans and newcomers alike are always granted something amazing from Billy Branch. His new release after a 15 year pause from recording comes as a refreshing whirllwind of Chicago blues music. Released on the Blind Pig record label, "Blues Shock" is a combination or what everyone loves about the blues with a splash of creative geniuss. Billy Branch has brought a refreshing release to the world through Blues Shock. the entire project was produced by Billy and many of the tracks were his creation. Not only does Billy bring his amazing talent to the CD but also some of the songs his fans have come to love over the years. Blues shock was well worth the 15 year wait and I would suggest you add it to your music collection.
Sugar Brown Album: Sugar Brown's sad day Label: Self Genre(s): Blues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Feb 19, 2014
Retro production that evokes the sounds of the Chess and Excello labels provides an ideal surrounding for this tasty mix of blues classics and impressively simpatico originals. The Toronto-based vocalist/guitarist/harmonica player’s knack for old-school sound and feel rings as genuine as they come. Savvy, sparing accompaniment fills out an inspired-sounding throwback set.