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Charlotte is known for banking and football. But what can be said of the Charlotte music scene? Join award-winning host Joni Deutsch for Amplifier, the new music podcast from WFAE, where we shine a light on the artists who call Charlotte home. You just might find a new favorite song along the way.
||CleanQUISOL Wants to Restore Power to the (Music) People||Queer and Trans People of Color often face issues of equity in their communities, and the music industry isn’t any different. QTPOC artist QUISOL is using his music as a vehicle to try and change that. QUISOL,||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJamie Hoover Soaks Up Nearly 40 Rock’n Years with The Spongetones||If the opportunity doesn’t exist, create it. In the case of one Charlotte resident, if you can’t join The Beatles after being inspired by their landmark 1963 performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” then you join the next best thing: The Sponget||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Soaring Cinematic Jazz of Emily Sage||When was the last time a voice stopped you in your tracks, a voice so pure that it simultaneously paints a lush soundscape and transports you to a magical place and time? Because cinematic jazz singer Emily Sage can do just that.||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Mixtape Magic of Yung Citizen||Imagine assembling a crew of local rappers, singers and songwriters to pull together one of the best mixtapes in Charlotte. It’s anything but simple, but that’s all in a day’s work for emerging hip-hop producer Yung Citizen.||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCHÓCALA Will Make You Put Your Hands Together||Named after the camaraderie-filled “high five,” up-and-coming band Chócala brings friendship to the forefront through a mix of Latin rhythms and powerhouse pop-rock. Liza Ortiz: Part of — I’ll call it the “magic” of this band — is really||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Sign of the Times, Unearthing History One Song At a Time||“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots,” said civil rights leader Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a thought that could just as easily apply to the history (or lack thereof) of music.||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteps to Indie Music Success From Artist Arsena Schroeder||Whether you’re an independent musician or a DIY business owner, here are a few Charlotte tips to keep in mind: 1. Keep pounding (the pavement for opportunities) 2. Don’t sell out (but make it sell). 3. Listen to the wise words (and beautiful R&B sin||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrash Room on Fighting Frustration Through Punk Rock||Call them rebels with a cause. Call them ear-splitting anarchists. Call them Trash Room, the Charlotte punk band transforming rage into mosh-pit-happy ragers. Mike Beeson: “That’s the first thing you have to do — have good songs.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSampling the Sixties with Mash-Up Artist Dirty Art Club||"You'd be really hard-pressed to listen to something today and not be able to at least find four bars of it that's completely derivative of something else." So says super music producer Mark Ronson, and so agrees Charlotte electronic act Dirty Art Club.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGypsy Guitarist Vadim Kolpakov Brings a Different Kind of ‘Western and Country’ to Charlotte||A seven-string guitar is more than meets the eye. In the hands of Vadim Kolpakov, it can be used to entertain with a mix of Spanish flamenco, American jazz, Latin rhythms and Romani groove. But look a bit closer,||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCountry Crooner Perry Fowler On Owning Petra’s, A Piece Of Charlotte Music’s Heart||The hills are alive with the sound of music: not just from Perry Fowler’s mountain music band Sinners & Saints, but also from Fowler’s locally-owned and operated venue Petra’s. “I understood completely what this place could be with just a little||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTosco Music Parties Celebrates 30 Years of ‘Bringing People Together’||It may take a village to raise a child, but in the case of John Tosco, it took a living room to raise a vibrant music community that's included The Avett Brothers, Rachel Platten and thousands of regional artists.||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoel Freidline & Maria Howell are Bringing Back that Ol’ Razzle Dazzle||The reports of jazz music's death have been greatly exaggerated, and world-travelling band leader Noel Freidline and acclaimed actress/vocalist Maria Howell are here to prove it.||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRemixing Retro with Soulganic||Listen to a playlist of classic soul songs (perhaps featuring legends like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin or Otis Redding), and you’ll hear some common themes: resilience, love, healing. While contemporaries to the original soul movement,||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDane Page Wears His Heart on His Folk Music Sleeve||In the words of author Beau Taplin, "Home is not where you are from, it is where you belong." For folk artist Dane Page, Charlotte is always and forever that musical home.||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll is in Bruce Hazel||How do you capture the thrill of first discovering your favorite song or the adrenaline rush of your first concert? For singer-songwriter Bruce Hazel, it means taking that bottle of rock 'n' roll nostalgia and sharing it with veteran musicians as leade.||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn the Charlotte Music Mix with Producer Chris Garges||Editing. Mixing. Engineering. While they might not be the most glamorous part of the music industry, they’re just as essential to crafting your favorite song as singing and songwriting. Audio production requires a mix of patience and passion and for m||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNeo-R&B Artist Jason Jet is Taking Off||It’s no small thing for a musician to be called the “next best thing to come out of Charlotte,” especially when such praise comes from Grammy Award winner (and Queen City native) Anthony Hamilton. Without a doubt, those are high expectations,||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusician-Turned-Chef-Turned-Musician Brit Drozda||A cup of Norah Jones-inspired piano pop. A few sprigs of ’70s folk-rock creativity. And a good dollop of entrepreneurial spirit. Mix it all together, and you get the musical delight that is Brit Drozda. It’s about human existence,||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPiano Phenom Chad Lawson||Credit: Noah Turley Steinway artist. Chart-topping pianist. Podcast composer. It’s no wonder Chad Lawson is considered the “Chopin for the Spotify generation” with his innovative work in classical music. “Regardless of where you are in your care||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean‘Godmother of Charlotte Rock’ Hope Nicholls||Hope Nicholls singing with her band Fetchin’ Bones in 1989. Photo courtesy of Hope Nicholls Charlotte has changed a great deal in the past 30 years, but a musical constant of sorts has been Hope Nicholls, the singer-songwriter who has kept to her own||9/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Amplifier: WFAE’s New Podcast On The Charlotte Music Scene||Charlotte is known for banking and football. But what can be said of the Charlotte music scene? Launching September 3, Amplifier, the new music podcast from WFAE, where we shine a light on the artists who call Charlotte home.||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat To Expect On WFAE’s ‘Amplifier’ Podcast||WFAE’s Joni Deutsch and Marshall Terry discuss Amplifier, WFAE’s new music podcast about the people, places and things that make up the Charlotte music scene. MARSHALL TERRY: Starting on Monday, WFAE is launching a new local music podcast called Am||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
An excellent podcast
A great way to learn about the Charlotte music scene. Highly recommended.
Well-done and much-needed coverage of Charlotte’s music scene
If you care about Charlotte or just like good music, then you should listen to this podcast. After hearing a range of punk rock and classical piano in the first two episodes, I was hooked. Charlotte had a rich music scene across all genres that didn’t get enough attention - until now.
Thank you for making my morning commute bearable!
I love hearing all the stories of how fellow music lovers became inspired and continue to be inspired by music. How they are contributing to our rich and diverse music scene. Joni’s love of music is contagious and I look forward to my morning commute whilst listening to Amplifier.