Eric Hodge

Host, "Morning Edition"

Eric Hodge hosts WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and files reports for the North Carolina news segments of the broadcast. He started at the station in 2004 doing fill-in work on weekends and All Things Considered.

In August 2004, he took over the Morning Edition slot where he enjoys the challenge of bringing North Carolina news to listeners each weekday. Eric moved to Carrboro from New York City in 2000. He worked for the BBC and XFM radio while living in London, England. He has also run his own music marketing company, worked for major record labels in both New York and London, and worked on the Grammy Award nominated Harry Belafonte project, "The Anthology of Black Music."

Eric grew up in Michigan, trained at the Broadcast Center in St. Louis with CBS's KMOX radio and worked at a variety of stations in the Midwest and upstate New York.

Ways to Connect

Courtesy Cat's Cradle

The pandemic has devastated the arts industry in North Carolina including musicians, venues and the people they employ. A new recording released Thursday aims to lend a hand to one of the legendary venues in this state, the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro.

Album cover for Libby Rodenbough's 'Spectacle Of Love'
Sleepy Cat Records

Libby Rodenbough is taking a break from the indie Americana band Mipso to release her debut solo album Spectacle of Love. The Durham-based musician is expanding her musical pallet with contributions that include electric piano, synthesizers and even bass clarinet.  The songs are mysterious and beautiful with echoes of artists from Rickie Lee Jones, to Andrew Bird, to Gillian Welch.

Album cover for Chatham County Line's 'Strange Fascination
Yep Roc Records

It's hard to believe, but Chatham County Line has been making music for two decades. The band's new release is called 'Strange Fascination' and is the first since the retirement of banjo ace Chandler Holt. It's also the first to feature drums across the entire album.

Dave Wilson is the guitarist, lead vocalist and chief songwriter for the band. John Teer handles mandolin, fiddle and soaring harmonies and Greg Readling holds down the bass and plays the piano.

Image of Joe Troop on the left and Diego Sanchez on the right, who play together to form an acoustic world music sound.
Joe Troop

Joe Troop is the lone North Carolinian in the Grammy nominated band Che Apalache.  Like just about everyone else, Joe is staying at home during the pandemic which has taken a heavy toll on musicians who can no longer play in front of live audiences. That's a serious blow to their livelihood.

BJ Barham is back with his band American Aquarium.  The North Carolina native released a solo record called Rockingham a few years ago, returned with his band on Things Change and is now releasing the appropriately titled Lamentations into the world of lock downs and quarantines.

Album cover for Skylar Gudasz 'Cinema'
Courtesy of the artist

Skylar Gudasz has a new record out today called Cinema. The Durham-based singer-songwriter worked with four co-producers, but guided the project herself, playing most of the instruments while recording in North Carolina and at Justin Vernon's place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

Winston-Salem's Caleb Caudle has been hanging out with members of Wilco, The Jayhawks and Robert Plant's band. And, he's been recording in Johnny Cash's legendary cabin studio just outside of Nashville. The result is the new collection Better Hurry Up. Caudle sat down with WUNC's Eric Hodge recently to talk about the new album.

One of Better Hurry Up's highlights is 'Monte Carlo.' Caudle says he recalls riding around in the back of his grandfather's Monte Carlo growing up.

Album cover for Jonathan Wilson's 'Dixie Blur'
BMG/Bella Union Records

North Carolina native Jonathan Wilson has come home on his new record Dixie Blur.  The long-time California resident was talking to Steve Earle at a session of the live-music radio program E-Town when Earle suggested he take his latest batch of songs to Nashville to record with live musicians.  On past efforts, Wilson often worked alone in his studio outside of Los Angeles, playing all the instruments himself.

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack as Wye Oak
Courtesy of Kendall Bailey Atwater

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack are once again making music as Wye Oak. That's not easy when they're also playing in Bon Iver, Lambchop, Sylvan Esso and their own solo projects 'Flock of Dimes' and 'Joyero.'

There are three new singles to listen to as well.

The duo has expanded their band for a tour that includes a stop tonight at Baldwin Auditorium in Durham. You can hear more of their music at WUNCMusic.org, on the WUNC app and at 91.5 HD2.

Come Hear NC On Songs We Love: Best of 2019

Dec 27, 2019

This year we've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. We produced 48 episodes, and on this final episode of 2019 we go back and revisit the top ten of those according to downloads. The series ranged from fiddle tunes to funk to metal to indie rock to country - it's all a part of what makes this state a great place for music.

Thanks for a great 2019!

An image of James Taylor
Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, we look at the one song that most everyone identifies with our home state. Writer Will Blythe joins Eric Hodge to talk about James Taylor's 'Carolina In My Mind.' He says it's a song that affects people both young and old.

An image of  The Red Clay Rambers
John Rosenthal

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, former Cat's Cradle owner and Crook's Corner chef Bill Smith talks about The Red Clay Ramblers. Smith saw The Red Clay Ramblers perform all the time in the early days of Cat's Cradle. For this episode, he focuses on their version of the song 'Aragon Mill.'

Nina Simone, file
Jack Robinson / Getty Images

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, HC McEntire joins Eric Hodge to talk about Nina Simone's 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.' Like Nina Simone, McEntire grew up in Tryon, NC. She says the music Simone made often illuminates the challenges people in the South face, even to this day.

An image of Michaela Anne
Matt Wignall

Michaela Anne grew up the daughter of a Navy officer. That means she moved around - a lot. In turn, that constant uprooting fuels some of the songs on her new album, 'Desert Dove.' She spoke with Eric Hodge about her upbringing and the process of recording the new album.

One of the themes she explores is constantly being on the move, both growing up and as a touring musician. On 'Child of the Wind' Michaela sings that her "home town was a back seat looking at highway signs."

Alexandra Sauser-Monnig
Kendall Bailey Atwater

'Dawnbreaker' is the debut album from Daughter of Swords, the new solo venture from Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig. It's an album that Sauser-Monnig says was written about a break-up that had yet to happen. It's also one that touches on the topic of hitting the road.

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Josh Coyle

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Jacob Sharp of Mipso talks about 'Black Flower Blooming' by The Dead Tongues. He says it's a song that both speaks to living in North Carolina, and also needing to spead your wings and fly from home. 

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Joe Del Tufo

Jonah Tolchin's journey through life has been a little rough over the past few years.  His marriage ended and it left him looking for a new beginning.  'Fires For The Cold' is the result of putting some of those harrowing personal experiences to music. It's something he excels at.

Dom Flemons
Tim Duffy / Music Maker

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, Grammy winner and American Songster Podcast host Dom Flemons talks with us about the legacy of 'Shady Grove.' He says it's a song that is synonymous with North Carolina. 

Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, we chat with Durham rapper Lord Fess  about Sylvan Esso's 'Die Young.' It's a song he says speaks to him personally, and is also one with incredible production.

Tift Merritt
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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week we've got MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger telling us about why he loves 'Traveling Alone' by Tift Merritt - the title track from her 2012 record.

Here's a video of MC Taylor performing 'Traveling Alone' at the North Carolina Art Museum in 2017.

Jack Klatt - It Ain't The Same
Yep Roc Records

Jack Klatt grew up in Minnesota. As a teenager, his musical tastes took him from The Clash, to Bob Marley and Woody Guthrie.  You can hear some of that in the songs from his new record 'It Ain't The Same.'

Ahead of his show at Cat's Cradle on November 9th, Klatt chatted with WUNC Morning Edition Host Eric Hodge about the new record. He talked about the process of recording the album, one that's a bit more produced than his previous work.

An image of Doug and Jack Wallin
Rob Amberg

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On our 40th episode, Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council Wayne Martin talks about a recording of the song "Pretty Fair Miss In A Garden" he made with fiddler Doug Wallin. He also talks about how the traditional music of North Carolina has resonated not only in our home state, but worldwide.

Merge Records

Durham's Hiss Golden Messenger is back with their 11th studio album 'Terms of Surrender.' It's an album that touches on dark topics in a hopeful and optimistic way, something principal member MC Taylor excels at. The album kicks off with the politically charged 'I Need A Teacher.' To create a video for the song, Taylor and director D.L.

Mandolin Orange
Mark Maya

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, writer Allison Hussey tells us about a rare recording of the gospel standard 'Fifty Miles of Elbow Room' recorded by Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange with Josh Moore.

An image of Jonathan Wilson
John Vettese

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, musician Kamara Thomas talks about the Jonathan Wilson song 'Can We Really Party Today?' She says it's a song with dual meanings.

Jonathan Wilson plays The Arts Center in Carrboro on Friday, October 25th.

An image of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Terry Cryer

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, Dom Flemons talks about a recording of the song 'Cindy' that Pete Seeger made with North Carolinians Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

Stick around after the episode to hear Dom Flemon's 'Sonoran Church Two-Step.'

An image of Sonic Youth
Amanda DeCadenet

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, Merge Records recording artist H.C. McEntire talks about the Sonic Youth song 'Chapel Hill.' It's a song that paints a picture of what the indie rock scene was like in the early '90s and was a lot of people's first impression of the town.

An image of Trentemoller
Sofie Nørregaard

Danish electronic artist Anders Trentemøller is back with his fifth studio album 'Obverse.' The music is dark and ambient and this time features vocal contributions from Slowdive's Rachel Goswell and Warpaint's Jenny Lee Lindberg, among others.

Chatham County Line
Patrick Shanahan / Yep Roc Music Group

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, Pinecone Director William Lewis tell us why he loves Chatham County Line's 'Living In Raleigh Now.'

The International Bluegrass Music Association Festival takes place next weekend in...Raleigh.

The Kruger Brothers
krugerbrothers.com

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, musician Joe Newberry tells us why he is inspired by the Switzerland born and NC based bluegrass trio Kruger Brothers. "Carolina In The Fall" tells the story of their journey here.

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