When you’ve got an area as firmly entrenched in tradition as North Carolina is, you’re guaranteed to have a slew of bluegrass aficionados. Folks like Hank Smith and Lindsey Tims are proof of this, two musicians who are doing their damndest to expand the horizons of a genre that many may pigeonhole as a niche, or static genre. Throughout our hour long conversation, we covered a wide array of topics ranging from the recent IBMA Festival in Raleigh, the evolution of the bluegrass genre and where their traditional roots have taken them as musicians.
Durham’s Toon and the Real Laww helped kick off the 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival with their performance opening for De La Soul at City Plaza. Listen to their conversation with Walter-Ego before the big show.
WKNC’s DJ DiGiorno interviewed Cancellieri during the 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival. Check out the interview below!
Check back for more interviews later this week.
Phian interviewed Urban Soil last Thursday before they played Local Band Local Beer at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh.
You can hear two songs at the start of this set: Cultures Collide and Dig Deeper. They also played two songs live in WKNC’s studio: The One Who Lost The Love and Natural.
In the closing hour of the live broadcast from Hopscotch, The Mattador had the opportunity to interview Dent May. The songwriter from Mississippi stopped by to chat about his unique sound, writing process, influences, and what makes a show awesome for the folks on stage. The set he went on to play at Deep South that night was stripped down compared to his albums, but it was all still super dance-able. Check out the interview below!