I love live music. There should be no surprise there. I love having local bands and musicians on my show to play live.
Since starting here a few months ago, I've had the great Jim Arrendell on the show, Molly Kummerle (the grand maven of local music), The Get Right Band, Red Honey, Kenny Roby and the wondrefully charming Danny Ellis (who opens for Bonnie Raitt in Charleston tomorrow night!) I tried to hook things up to get the Wallflowers on the show when they rolled through town. As well, I emailed Glenn Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket but he was playing here on a Saturday night, and elsewhere the days before. I had a great chat and email exchange with the manager of the band Train, trying to get them on the phone when they returned to Johnson City a few weeks ago (scheduling just didn't work out that time, but there's another shot in a couple of months when they start their summer tour.
Well, tomorrow will be the first time I have successfully gotten a reasonably well-known musician on the show! Paul Thorn is playing the Orange Peel tomorrow night, and at 3:15 tomorrow afternoon, he will be sitting here with me in the studio for an interview and a song or two.
I first saw Paul Thorn in 2008, when he opened for Huey Lewis and The News in Atlanta. He was a charming performer who played deep south rootsy rock and roll, and told very funny tales of his younger days as a boxer and as the son of a Pentacostal preacher, both of which inform much of his writing. His 30 minute performance that day, won me over as a fan.
When I saw he was coming back to Asheville (having been here a few times) I decided to reach out to him and see what we could do. To my happy surprise, his manager and I worked out the details, and it is happnening. Also, his manager, Billy, asked me what albums I was missing from my Paul Thorn collection, and then mailed me a copy of every one of them. Class act.
I set out to make this show about politics, but also about local arts and culture. I've opened the door to more theatre exposure, and now am on the pursuit of more big name musicians.
I am having fun, and I hope all of you are as well!