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WUNC Music is curated locally with songs that inspire, energize and bring joy to listeners across North Carolina.  It’s a place for music discovery and a home to old favorites.

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David Holt

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 the North Carolina Arts Council Wayne Martin talks with Eric Hodge about guitarist Etta Baker. Also included on this week's episode is an exclusive performance of the song 'Crow Jane' by Etta Baker and her friend and fellow guitarist John Dee Holeman.

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UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this week's episode Rick Miller from the legendary Chapel Hill band Southern Culture On The Skids talks with Eric Hodge about John D. Loudermilk's 'Tobacco Road,' and the many, many times it has been covered. Be sure to stick around after the interview for a live version of Southern Culture on the Skids covering the song.

The Hopscotch Music Festival turns 10 this year! To help kick off festivities the fest will be celebrating with a Halfway To Hopscotch party at R&D Brewing on Saturday, March 23rd. WUNC Music will be there, plus we'll be live streaming the event.

More information about the party, including a full list of vendors can be found here. Stop by and say hello!

In the spirit of The Austin 100 and all things music at SXSW, listen to NPR Slingshot's second-ever Station Breaks, a monthly playlist spotlighting emerging artists. These acts are creating the songs that NPR Music station personalities are excited to hear.

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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 week's episode Libby Rodenbough of the Chapel Hill band Mipso talks with Eric Hodge abour Randy Newman's 'The Great Debate.'

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Mike Benson

Today we have a special episode of Come Hear NC on the Songs We Love podcast.

Yola Carter caught the music bug as a small child growing up in a tiny seaside town in southwest England.

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ABC 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 Phil Cook talks with Eric Hodge about The Sensational Nightingales classic gospel song 'My Sisters And Brothers.'

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks juggle the chaotic life of raising a family while also fronting the Grammy Award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band. The band's latest album, Signs, released on Feb. 15, explores that balancing act while also transforming grief and confusion into art.

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Julie Roberts

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this week's episode Music Maker Relief Foundation co-founder Tim Duffy talks with Eric Hodge about 'Cornbread And Butterbeans' from the Grammy Award winning album Genuine Negro Jig by The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

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Laura Partain

After spending several years collaborating with her band mates in The Stray Birds, singer-songwriter Maya de Vitry set out to find a different voice. What transpired were a lot of walks in the woods, traveling to meet friends old and new and mustering the confidence to sing her own songs in her own voice. The result is Adaptations

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Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our music discovery station, WUNC Music.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our music discovery station, WUNC Music.

WUNC Music launches a new series this week that explores North Carolina Music one song at a time.  All year we’re asking people from the music community to come and talk about a song that they think says something about our home state.    North Carolina is home to ground breaking artists spanning gospel to indie rock, old time to metal, country to hip hop, beach music to straight ahead jazz.  We’ll bring in musicians, writers and club owners to talk about the songs they love.  You may be surprised by some of their choices.

Mandolin Orange To Unleash 'Tides of a Teardrop'

Jan 31, 2019
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Americana darlings Mandolin Orange will release a new record tomorrow called Tides of a Teardrop. It's been a couple of years since Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz released Blindfaller, which earned the duo rave reviews and an expanding audience.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify and Apple Music playlists at the bottom of the page.

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Dustin Britt

The ever prolific Al Riggs (they/them) is kicking off 2019 with the release of 'Godkiller,' an LP that they say is 'uglier' than some of their most recent work. While this may be the case thematically, there is quite a bit of beauty on these nine songs. Ominous lyrics touch on themes such as anxiety and queerness, while synths and acoustic guitar strums create an atmospheric back drop.

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Elizabeth Weinberg

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery station, WUNC Music.

On this episode Eric Hodge chats with the North Carolina based folk trio Mountain Man about their song 'Rang Tang Ring Toon' from their 2018 album 'Magic Ship.'

The song is a playful romp that the band says came about organically. It's gone on to become one of their favorites to perform live.

Listen to the episode here:

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery station, WUNC Music.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery station, WUNC Music.

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Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery station, WUNC Music.

There was a time in our history when families gathered around the radio to listen to stories and music. WUNC produced a show from a couple years back that tries to rekindle that spirit. It's called 'Occasional Shivers' and was written by Chris Stamey. On this episode of the podcast we focus on the song that inspired the show.

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York Wilson Photography

Greg Hawks says his new record is a culmination of all of his musical influences. That means the songs on I Think It's Time contain nods to classic country, 1970s pop/rock, rhythmic soul and his roots in the American South.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery station, WUNC Music.

On this special episode, we take a look at the legacy of Big Star and focus on the 2017 tribute album Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live...And More.

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Michael Rank is doubling down on his musical move to funk and soul. The Triangle-based singer/songwriter was known for his Stones-y, outlaw country swagger and dusty folk on a series of recordings before pivoting to Sly and The Family Stone and D'Angelo on last year's Another Love.

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Carrie Schrader

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery station, WUNC Music.

This time we take a look at Amy Ray's 'Didn't Know A Damn Thing,' from her latest solo album Holler. The song starts off like a country song complete with banjo, pedal steel and two-step back beat. But as the lyrics build, out comes a story about a white kid growing up in the Jim Crow South.

Listen to the episode here:

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Doug Paisley's new record Starter Home is a quiet beauty. The Canadian musician will remind you of Guy Clark, John Prine and Gordon Lightfoot, even as he puts his own stamp on a long tradition of singer-songwriters.

He recorded the new songs over a few years at several home studios in Toronto. Paisley will be at The Cat's Cradle Back Room in Carrboro tonight. 

Nathaniel Rateliff “Tearing at the Seams"

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Tom Carter

Old Time fiddler and songwriter Bill Hicks died this week.  He was 75 years old.   WUNC’s Program Director remembers him on this episode of the Songs We Love podcast with a close listen to his iconic song “The SOB In The Carvel Truck."

In a Facebook post announcing Bill’s passing the Red Clay Ramblers described their old friend as “...one of the finest musicians to come out of the 20th-century American South, and he leaves a great legacy of fiddling, singing, and songwriting."

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Elizabeth Weinberg

Tune in to WUNC Music on Wednesday, November 14th at 5pm EST for the Mountain Man Radio Hour! Ahead of their shows at The Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw this weekend, Mountain Man has programmed a special hour of tunes for you.

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