Singer/Songwriter and keyboardist Claire Culbreath and guitarist John Brandon have been performing together as a duo for years and formed the band Shades of Blue. Shades of Blue blends their love of 60's and 70's music, Claire’s nod to the great vocalists of those decades like Carol King, and John’s blues guitar work. Their repertoire extends to current pop sounds and jazz as well, and they can be heard performing at vineyards, restaurants, corporate functions and private parties throughout the Triad.
Today we talk to award winning recording artist French Horn soloist Eric Ruske. After subbing with the Chicago symphony throughout college, Eric won his first gig just barely out of his teens as the assistant principle French Hornist for the Cleveland Symphony. From there he launched his solo career, performed for years with arguably the finest brass ensemble in the world, the Empire Brass. And now, when he's not soloing with orchestras across the country or in the studio recording, Eric is on the faculty of Boston University. Eric spoke with David Ford.
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The first day of Summer has come and gone and for music lovers here in the Piedmont Triad that can only mean one thing: Eastern Music Festival. EMF in Greensboro runs from June 24 – July 27, and this year’s line-up of world renowned performers is arguably the most incredible in the festival’s 52 year history. Violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Andre Watts and cellist Lynn Harrell are just a few of the many wonderful guest artists who will be performing concerts with the Festival Orchestra, and chamber music as well as teaching the talented EMF students. Gerard Schwarz was named music director of the Eastern Music Festival in 2007, and since that time he has expanded the festival's audiences to the largest in its history while enhancing education and programming to include a composer in residence, 3 new concert series. He’s also been responsible for bringing regular premieres of new works to EMF each season by some of this country’s greatest living composers. He spoke with David Ford recently by phone from his home in New York. David began by asking him about what’s been behind the festival’s success.
Today we delve into a great hour of summer music. First up: the unique sound that is the Darnell Woodies. Their fusion of bluegrass, punk, rock, jazz, and more comes to Studio A. Then it's Durham-based MC Taylor and Hiss Golden Messenger. MC is one of the finest songwriters in America today. David Bowie described MC's latest LP Poor Moon as, "...mystical country, like an eerie yellowing photograph." And then, it's the Grammy Award winning Athens, Georgia based singer/songwriter, producer and front man for the Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood.