While she may not be the most celebrated local artist in recent memory, Laura Reed may undoubtedly be one of the most successful. While she’s been recently calling Nashville her home, she recently returned to the Triangle and celebrated the release of her latest album The Awakening. But for the past three years, Reed has been working with a group of ridiculously well-known producers like Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum) and Shannon Sanders (Robert Randolph, John Legend, India.Arie) who have helped translate her raw talent into a pristinely polished piece of music.
Phian interviewed Eric and Erica last Thursday before they played Local Band Local Beer at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh.
You can hear four of their songs during the interview: Side Pony, Wild Holiday, What a Fine Day and Silver Trampoline.
Phian Interviewed Star Studies last Thursday before Local Band Local Beer at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh.
Five of their songs were played during the interview: Earthbound, Little Mama, Lover Lay Down, Deep Sea Blues and Peace of Mind.
Phian interviewed Coytah before they played Local Band Local Beer night at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh.
Three of their songs were played during the interview: On My Way, My Design and Summer In Paris.
dJ/dx and Me interviewed Ancient Cities last Thursday before they played Local Band Local Beer at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh.
You can hear three of their songs during the interview: Edie Sedgewick, Werewolf and Juice. Listen for details about their new music video and the answer to “what movie would Ancient Cities write the soundtrack for?”
Phian interviewed Raleigh group Kurtzweil last Thursday before they played Local Band Local Beer at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub.
They played two of their songs live in WKNC’s studio during the interview: Waiting For You and Sunblinded.
Phian interviewed local band Borrowed Arts before they played Local Band Local Beer at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub last Thursday.
You can also hear four of their songs during their interview: Helium, Open Eye, Symptoms, and Fuji Tenfold.
Phian interviewed Durham group The Pinkerton Raid before they played Local Band Local Beer at TIr Na Nog Irish Pub last Thursday.
You can also hear four of their songs during the interview: A Beautiful World, Just A Boy, Sins of the Fathers, and April Flower.
The Pinkerton Raid will be playing locally again at Motorco Music Hall in Durham on Friday August 8th.
One of the best parts of North Carolina’s music scene is the familial vibes that go around. Some have described it as an “incestuous” community where lineups are interchangeable, band members come and go, but everyone feeds off of one another. So what happens when one of the area’s most beloved songwriters decides to go on his own and craft an album entirely on his lonesome…well something along the lines of Weller.
Nathan Toben has long been a fixture of the North Carolina music scene. Years ago he could be spotted in rhythm sections for acts like Wild Wild Geese or Americans in France, but he’s best known for being the mysterious front man for The Toddlers. The Toddlers received constant praise from musicians and concertgoers alike for their dark, dreamy pop songs that propelled them to opening spots for acts like Lost in the Trees and The Love Language. But once the band released their full-length debut they seemed to die out with a whimper. Now nearly half a year later Nathan Toben has resurfaced as the sole member of Weller, an incredible music expedition into the depths of “studio magic” and the inner-expanses of one man’s mind.
Toben joined Grant Golden in the studio for Carolina Grown two weeks ago to discuss the inspiration behind his concept album 1, a piece of work that’s as brooding as it is groovy. Compelled by the age-old concept of the four elements, Toben teamed up with Wesley Wolfe (who covered most of the production for the album) to crank out an album’s worth of introspective pop brilliance. Throughout the hour Toben discussed the songwriting process behind these tracks, his inspiration for making this a studio exclusive project (meaning no live shows) and what we can expect to hear from the esteemed songwriter in the near future.
Listen below for some selected tracks from Weller’s debut full-length and the full conversation:
Phian interviewed the Bourbons before their show at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub’s Local Band Local Beer night. They also played three songs: Speakeasy, Louisville, Kentucky, and a special unnamed track.
The Bourbons will be playing in Raleigh again on August 28th at the Pour House.