Music

Music
7:28 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Blues Musician Shares His Passion For Louisiana Music And Wetlands

Credit Native Orleanian Fine Photography/Jerry Moran Images

Guitarist and vocalist Tab Benoit has received numerous awards in the music industry, including twice winning the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award, which is considered by many the highest award in blues music, twice.

But Tab Benoit has also made a name for himself for his efforts in bringing awareness to the deteriorating Louisiana coastal wetlands.

Tab Benoit joined us to talk about his music and his environmental efforts.

Listen to the interview.

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Ken Caillat On Rumours And Catawba College Music Department

Rumours album cover

You might be surprised to find out that the country’s leading music education magazine has named Catawba College in Salisbury a “Best Music School” for six years running, alongside schools like Juilliard, Eastman and Peabody. The College is attracting the attention of those in the music industry, including Grammy Award winning record producer Ken Caillat. You may remember the album Ken won his Grammy for—Rumours, the classic Fleetwood Mac album from 1977, including monster hits like “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop.” He’s in town this week, working with popular music students at Catawba, and he’ll join us to talk about his work at Catawba, music production, and the dramatic story of the creation of Rumours.

Read more
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Folk Music And Its Influence

Folk music has broad appeal and extensive influence. It has been used for decades for protests and by musicians to tell simple, relatable stories. But, folk as we know it now is not the folk of the past. More and more artists are fusing it with other genres to create unique sounds, while still using the folk label. So what impact does that have on how we classify folk? What is modern folk music? Perhaps, it doesn’t matter and we should just enjoy music for music’s sake. We explore these questions and hear from modern folk musicians.

Read more
Local News
8:35 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Earl Scruggs Center Opens In Shelby

Saturday's a big day in Cleveland County. In downtown Shelby, people are gathering for the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. The museum and cultural center in the old county courthouse has been in the works for more than seven years. Its namesake, the late bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, was born and raised in Cleveland County and kept ties to the area after he left and hit it big in Nashville. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen recently got a peek behind-the-scenes as workers were putting the finishing touches on the exhibits.


Read more
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Wynton Marsalis

Grammy award-winning jazz and classical musician Wynton Marsalis is internationally known for his trumpet playing and jazz style. He's from a family of famous classically trained musicians who play, produce and compose jazz. But Marsalis is also an advocate for music education and working with young jazz musicians. He co-founded the Jazz at Lincoln Center Program and is the music director for that group's orchestra. Wynton Marsalis is in Charlotte this week to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, so while he's here, he'll join us to talk about his musical roots in the Marsalis family, his thoughts about jazz and the trumpet, and we'll hear some of his music.

Read more
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Arturo Sandoval & The Catalinas

Our guest today has received many accolades - winner of nine Grammy Awards, an Emmy, six Billboard Awards and now, Arturo Sandoval will be the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer from Cuba was the protégé of legend Dizzy Gillespie and is now an internationally renowned musician and considered by some as one of the greatest living jazz artists. We meet with him and then later in the program, a blast from the past. The Catalinas are known for their distinct sound from the late 50s and 60s that many are still nostalgic for - Carolina beach music. The band is being inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and we'll talk to them about their history and recognition. Join us for a music filled hour with Arturo Sandoval and The Catalinas.

Read more
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Tony Arreaza And Styles&Complete

Tony Arreaza

Tony Arreaza is more than just a talented Latin musician. He has been in and formed multiple bands, currently plays in two and heads a local production company that focuses on bringing the best in Latin entertainment to the Queen City. He is also the Cultural Events Director at the Latin American Coalition which is putting on the annual Latin Music Festival October thirteenth. And many of us have heard of another type of music festival happening these days: electronic dance music festivals.

Read more
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Ethan Uslan And I Love Lucy

Ethan Uslan's passion is old ragtime music and it's his mission to keep it alive. He performs live on the show in our Spirit Square studio.
Tim Ross

Part One: Ragtime Piano Player Ethan Uslan. Ethan Uslan is a throwback musician with a modern mission. Ethan plays old time ragtime piano tunes and he also provides a live score for silent movies. Ethan's music and film tastes are from yesteryear but he's on a mission to bring this sound and style to modern audiences. Uslan is the subject of a new documentary film and he has concerts scheduled throughout the area. Ethan Uslan comes back for another music filled visit, when Charlotte Talks.

Read more
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Blue Ridge Center And Uptown JazzFest

North Carolina is home to one of the most visited sites in America and it happens to be a road. The Blue Ridge Parkway holds some of the most beautiful vistas, historic sites and cultural treasures in our state and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is dedicated to preserving this iconic scenic highway. We'll visit with folks from the foundation and then we jazz things up a bit. Four years ago the uptown Jazz Fest was born and it's a hit. We'll talk to organizers to find out what to expect from this year's festival. Music and mountains when Charlotte Talks.

Read more
Charlotte Talks
10:15 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Sounds Of Charlotte: Local Music Scene

The sounds of a city aren't just fire trucks and car horns. The real sounds of a city can be found in the music venues around town and at the concerts that local bands participate in. These are local musicians and local stories - all told through the crooning and tuning of their music. But in such an up-and-coming town as Charlotte, do the bands really make it big? Is there undiscovered, hidden talent in the Queen City? Well, yes there is. For instance James Brown sings for the native band Matrimony, which was recently signed to Columbia records. That sounds promising. And Charlotte’s music scene continues to mature with heightened access to artists and the revival of a young, hip arts scene. A conversation about local music, when Charlotte Talks.

Read more

Pages