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Carolina Grown: Eno Mountain Boys Interview

One of the comments I hear most about the North Carolina music scene is its ‘incestuous’ nature, how bands gradually begin to feed off of one another to shape the overall sound of our music scene. But every now and then you’ll find folks who are running against the grain and doing so with wonderful results. Eno Mountain Boys have crafted a unique blend of classic country, contemporary Americana and punk rock sentiments to make for an authentic, genuine and passionate musical experience.

Throughout the hour we spoke with Eno Mountain Boys on how this sound came to fruition, discussed their musical histories, and delved into the work behind their debut full-length studio album Deer Velvet. Plus we were also treated to two live tracks from the band that showcases their excellent harmonies, jangly vocal lines, and nostalgia-soaked, heartfelt lyricism.  

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Carolina Grown: Josh Moore Interview 

When it comes to unsung standouts of the local music scene, Josh Moore is the first that comes to mind. For years Moore has been quietly honing his craft, building up simplistic yet swelling songs that peer deep into the songwriter’s ethos. After several years of work with Jeff Crawford, Moore rallied up a crew of longtime collaborators like Ryan Gustafson, James Wallace and Mark Simonsen to complete work on Parted Ways, Moore’s debut solo album. Prior to the album’s release show, Josh Moore joined us on Carolina Grown to discuss his hardcore origins, the creative process behind his debut album, and what fans can expect down the road from Moore’s live shows.

Throughout the hour, Moore also performed several songs from the album live in-studio. Check out the full segment to hear a breakdown of Moore’s songwriting, tracks from Parted Ways, and stripped-down takes on “Broken Man” and “Parted Ways.”

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Sometimes living in the Triangle can be a bit overwhelming. Soaking in so many new, hip acts, it’s hard to remember that there’s an entire state’s worth of incredible music to be paying attention to. It leads to some mesmerizing artists flying quietly under the radar in the Triangle’s music scene. However, when you release music as rich and ornate as River Whyless it’s hard not to make people pay attention.

River Whyless has taken the genre of folk music, one that many may feel has been driven into the ground by over-played and super-hyped acts like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers, and have crafted songs that are as fresh and unique as they are rustic and traditional. Live shows may find the act shouting into violins for melodic textures, using bicycle wheels as percussive instruments, and frequent trade-offs of vocal duties. All of these facets come together to build one surprisingly cohesive but immensely diverse sound.

Throughout the hour, River Whyless performed three new tracks from their recent self-titled EP and discussed how a new approach to recording altered the sound of this release. Listen below for our full conversation and some gorgeous live takes on “Life Crisis,” “Maple Sap” and “Miles of Skyline.”

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Wild Fur Interview

The North Carolina music scene is an ever-changing beast. Following a natural ebb and flow, we find bands continually dissipate and form anew, boasting a revamped sound and a Frankenstein-ed lineup of local favorites. Such is the case with many of our favorite locals, but every now and then we find acts that stay true to their roots while naturally blossoming into unique, uncharted sonic territory. So goes the story of Wild Fur.

Many folks may be familiar with Wylie Hunter and Nick Jaeger from the plethora of projects they’ve both been involved with like Wylie Hunter & The Cazadores, Roman Candle, Max Indian, and the list goes on. One wouldn’t reasonably expect a new project from these two roots driven artists to sound the way Wild Fur does, a swirling mixture of synths, guitars, drum samples and smooth vocals that’s as rooted in Americana as it is electronic pop. However, Hunter and Jaeger aren’t satisfied with complacency, and that shows in their recent conversation on Carolina Grown.

Prior to their show on Jan. 23 at Local 506 with Floating Action and Dad & Dad, the founding members of Wild Fur joined us in the studio to discuss the band’s origins, songwriting techniques and news on when fans can expect to hear their heavily anticipated full-length. Check out our full conversation below along with the premiere of “Get Up & Go” the newest single from their forthcoming full length.

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One of the best parts about great music is its ability to transcend time and space, to transport you back to a night with your friends, the loss of a loved one, or even the walls of your high school with your head hung low and your headphones on. Astro Cowboy serves as a brilliant display of the latter, although I hadn’t found the band until I long escaped the woes of eastern North Carolina, music like theirs just thrusts you back to that high school angst in the best way.

Last Friday the band stopped by Carolina Grown to talk about what it’s like making music in Wilmington, entering into a local music scene they knew next to nothing about, and how you probably shouldn’t throw away your Rock Band set just yet. Although the members of Astro Cowboy are still young, barely able to get into the bars they’re now performing at, they tackle relatable moments of hopelessness, despair, regret and longing with the poise of an aged songwriter. Whether they’re lamenting over burnt pale skin or brief teenage flings, Astro Cowboy is making vulnerability look cool again.

Listen below for our full conversation with the band along with three tracks from their latest release Hedonism Colosseum.

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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.

Bringing a soulful, blues-inspired take on the standard singer-songwriter antics, Laura Reed crafts an intensely passionate sound that feels as broad as it does personal. Throughout the hour Laura spoke at length about her songwriting process, the way working with producers can shape your musical output, and the reasoning for returning to your roots.

Laura performed two tracks from her latest record The Awakening, along with an older track called “Wanna Show You.” Listen to her full interview and performance.

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Skylar Gudasz is arguably one of the Triangle’s most overlooked songwriters. Whether she’s churning out haunting folk rock with Spooky Woods, catchy hooks with Skylar Gudasz & The Ugly Girls, or most recently crooning somber songs of love with her solo project, you’ll always find yourself fixated on Gudasz’ enchanting voice. But one of the reasons she’s so overlooked may be due to the fact that she’s just so damn busy that it’s hard to focus on any single project.

Lately Gudasz has been touring along with a wide array of musicians in support of Big Star tribute shows, where she performs some of the iconic act’s most influential tracks with some of the band’s original members. A few weeks ago Gudasz joined Grant Golden in the studio for Carolina Grown in advance of the Big Star tribute that took place at Cat’s Cradle. Speaking of how she came to love the legendary indie act, what brought her into this group of highly esteemed musicians, and what we can expect from her solo endeavors, Skylar filled the hour with engaging conversation and a breathtaking performance of Neil Young’s “Needle and the Damage Done.” Listen to her full conversation and in-studio performance.

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Grant Golden of “Carolina Grown” sat down with members of Dark Water Rising on Aug. 8. Listen back to their conversation.

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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 for some selected tracks from Weller’s debut full-length and the full conversation.

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Grant Golden interviewed High Point band The Low Counts last month on Carolina Grown. You can also hear three of their songs during the interview: You’re Crazy, Cut Me Out and Lush.

The Low Counts will be coming to Raleigh on July 18th, but you can check out their show schedule to find a show closest to you.

Find out more about The Low Counts on their website, Facebook and Bandcamp.

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