WUNC's Songs We Love

WUNC's Songs We Love
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This is where you'll find our occasional series  called WUNC's Songs We Love.  It's a look at the stories behind the songs we're playing on WUNC Music.  That's the new music stream from North Carolina Public Radio.  Check it out!

This series is available as a podcast.  See the subscription links under Ways to Connect on this page.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.'

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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.

Elizabeth Cotten
Diana Davies

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, folk musician Alice Gerrard talks about Elizabeth Cotten's 'Freight Train.'

On Saturday night at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, an all-star group of musicians pays tribute to the music Alice Gerrard made with Hazel Dickens. Most of the seats are free.

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
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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 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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Marc Krause

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, Loamlands founder and Pinhook owner Kym Register talks Des Ark and their song 'Carolina Girls.'

Petey Pablo album cover
Jive Records

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, Hopscotch Music Festival director Nathan Price joins Eric Hodge to talk about Petey Pablo's classic 'Raise Up' and what it meant to him growing up in North Carolina.

This year marks 10 years of the Hopscotch Music Festival, which takes place September 5-7 in Raleigh. WUNC Music will be live streaming from the event.

Doc Watson
Sugar Hill Records

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, Jacob Sharp of Mipso tells us why he loves Doc Watson & David Grisman's version of the Gershwin classic 'Summertime.'

Mipso plays a homecoming show at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh on Saturday, August 31st.  

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Brad Bunyea

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, musician Molly Sarlé talks about Jake Xerxes Fussell's version of 'Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing On a Sweet Potato Vine?'

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Trilby Berger

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, Motorco's Glenn Boothe talks The Popes, their role in the late 80's North Carolina pop scene, and their great lost major label debut.

A picture of 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, Kamaya Truitt-Martin is in for Eric Hodge again. She talks with Da’Mon James, Emma Pollard, Victor Amaya, and Director Allison Swaim of WUNC's 2019 Youth Reporting Institute about songs that inspire them and say something about North Carolina.

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, Yep Roc recording artists Mandolin Orange stop by to talk with Eric Hodge about why they love Chatham County Line's 'Crop Comes In.'

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Merge Records

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. Eric Hodge is back this week, and on this episode he chats with Laura Ballance of Merge Records about one of the labels early singles from the Raleigh band Angels of Epistemology.

Merge Records celebrates their 30th anniversay with a series of concerts in Durham and Carrboro July 24-27.

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Lindsay Metivier

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, Kamaya Truitt-Martin is in for Eric Hodge. She talks with four of WUNC's 2019 Youth Reporters about songs that inspire them and say something about North Carolina. Some of their choices might surprise you.

Come Hear NC On Songs We Love: G Yamazawa

Jul 6, 2019
Poet and Emcee G Yamazawa
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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. On this episode, Kamaya Truitt-Martin is in for Eric Hodge. She talks with the WUNC Youth Reporting Team about G Yamazawa's 'North Cack.'

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Jimmy Williams

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, director of the Festival For The Eno Greg Bell talks John Dee Holeman, who has performed at the festival all 40 years it's been held.

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, Marvin Levi of The Veldt tells us about the impact that the metal band Corrosion of Conformity had on Raleigh and beyond in the 1980's.

An image of Earl Scruggs
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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, Executive Director of Pinecone William Lewis talks with us about the legacy of Earl Scruggs and his song 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown.' It's a tune that is as relevant at bluegrass festivals today as it was when it was written in 1949.

Jack Spencer

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, Chapel Hill honky tonker  John Howie Jr. tells us why he loves Emmylou Harris' 'When I Was Yours.'

Stick around after the episode to hear 'Back When I Cared' from John Howie Jr.'s latest album 'Not Tonight.'

Pigmeat Markham
Chess Records

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, Durham musician, activist, and scholar Pierce Freelon talks to us about Pigmeat Markham's 'Here Comes The Judge' and its influence on modern hip hop.

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Demon Records

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, Chapel Hill drummer Rob Ladd tells us why he loves Don Dixon's 'Girls L.T.D.' from the album 'Most Of The Girls Like To Dance But Only Some Of The Boys Like To.'

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Autumn de Wilde

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, former Local 506 owner and Motorco booker Glenn Boothe tells us why 'Where's Summer B.?' by Ben Folds Five brings him back to a certain time in Chapel Hill. 

An image of The Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley single
Capitol Records

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 Joe Newberry talks about the legacy of the song "Tom Dooley." It's a song that was made famous by The Kingston Trio, but has been covered by artists ranging from the Grateful Dead to the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

An image of Doc & Merle Watson
Jim McGuire

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, Chatham County Line's Dave Wilson tells us why he loves 'Southbound' by Doc & Merle Watson.

An image of Nina Simone
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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. On this episode, singer/songwriter Skylar Gudasz tells us about her love of Nina Simone's 'Wild Is The Wind.'

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