Music News and Interviews

Hailing from Winston-Salem, NC, Judy Barnes is a musical group with a unique approach to their artistry. Like any true opera-inspired rock and roll band, all members of the group bring their own musical talents and experiences to create captivating tracks. Since 2000, Jodi Burns (vocals, piano) has been creating and exploring concepts that now constitute the repertory of Judy Barnes today. Expect rich harmonies, pulsating instrumentals, and angelic vocals composed in pure symphonic drama.

Jodi Burns and Tim Nolan joined me at Hopscotch Music Festival during WKNC’s live stream from Wristband City to talk about the journey of Judy Barnes and their self-described live performances full of “sad songs with jokes in between.”

Listen here.

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Pre-Phuzz Artist Highlight: Judy Barnes

I’ll be honest; prior to the Phuzz Phest lineup announcement I knew nothing about Judy Barnes. I’m still unsure of her musical background, but I have come to accept the fact that it doesn’t matter. The songs that Phuzz Phest put up of Judy Barnes from soundcloud captivated me like no music has recently. Barnes is able to blend beautiful piano melodies with jaw dropping vocals to create a sound of her own. Being a native a Winston-Salem, I feel like Barnes will be one of the best up and coming local acts to go see. Barnes will be playing at Krankies on April 6th at 9:00 pm; and even though I have to make the trek back to Raleigh that night, she is making a strong case on why I should stick around in Winston just a little longer. 

Music News and Interviews

Phuzz Phest Announces 2014 Lineup

WKNC is delighted to be the primary media sponsor for this year’s Phuzz Phest- Winston-Salem’s premiere annual music festival.  This fourth annual event returns to the City of the Arts & Innovation’s burgeoning downtown area to thousands of music fans across the southeast. This year the festival will span three days from Friday April 4 through Sunday April 6, featuring their most potent and genre-spanning lineup yet with more than 50 musical acts coming from as far away as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brooklyn and Detroit.

Though far from NC’s largest music festival, Phuzz Phest has built its reputation on keenly curating the region’s best acts for a truly special weekend of music, offering attendees a rare opportunity to see critically-acclaimed artists alongside under-praised locals in settings more intimate than would otherwise be possible.


The 2014 lineup features headliners like L.A.’s pioneering noise-punk duo No Age, visionary rap legend Kool Keith, hypnotic alt-country songstress Jessica Lea Mayfield, and San Francisco psych-rock stalwarts White Fence. Festival alumni and Merge Records acts Mount Moriah & The Love Language make return appearances alongside Ex Hex, the new project of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Autoclave, Helium) whose debut record is due in March via Merge Records. View the full lineup below, bold indicates headliners.

All Them Witches (Nashville, TN)

ASG (Wilmington, NC)

Bocanegra (Lima, Peru)

Body Games (Carrboro, NC)

Brain F/ (Charlotte, NC)

Caleb Caudle (New Orleans, LA)

Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk (Winston-Salem, NC)

Diarrhea Planet (Nashville, TN)

Drag Sounds (Greensboro, NC)

Eston & The Outs (Raleigh, NC)

Estrangers (Winston-Salem, NC)

Ex Hex (Washington, D.C.)

Ex-Cult (Nashville, TN)

Flagship (Charlotte, NC)

Human Pippi (Charlotte, NC)

I, Anomaly (Winston-Salem, NC)

IYEZ (Brooklyn, NY)

Jessica Lea Mayfield (Kent, OH)

Jews & Catholics (Winston-Salem, NC)

Josh Moore (Carrboro, NC)

Judy Barnes (Winston-Salem, NC)

Kool Keith (The Bronx, NY)

Libraries (Wilmington, NC)

Loamlands (Durham, NC)

Miss Eaves (Brooklyn, NC)

Mount Moriah (Durham, NC)

Must Be The Holy Ghost (Winston-Salem, NC)

No Age (Los Angeles, CA)

Primovanhalen (Winston-Salem, NC)

Spirit System (Winston-Salem, NC)

T0W3RS (Carrboro, NC)

The Bo-Stevens (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Genuine (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Love Language (Chapel Hill, NC)

The Nervous Ticks (Richmond, VA)

The Sweets (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Tills (Asheville, NC)

Toon & The Real Laww (Durham, NC)

Trioscapes (Greensboro, NC)

Twelve Thousand Armies (Drughorse, NC)

Uzzard (Winston-Salem, NC)

Whatever Brains (Raleigh, NC)

White Fence (San Francisco, NC)

Wilde Blood (Winston-Salem, NC)

Woodsman (Brooklyn, NY)

Yip Deceiver (Athens, GA)