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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.

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ENCORE: Country Crooner Perry Fowler On Owning Petra’s, A Piece Of Charlotte Music’s Heart

August 15th, 2019


Host note: In conjunction with Ken Burns’ upcoming PBS documentary Country Music, WFAE is celebrating country music’s history and influence in the Charlotte region with a number of free events this August/September, …

Play That Funky Music: Groove 8 On Being Broken Up By Prince, Reunited By Quincy Jones, And Calling Charlotte Home

August 1st, 2019


Charlotte has a rich history of funk music. Back in 1965, the “Grandmaster of Funk” himself Mr. James Brown recorded his single “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” right here in the Queen City. As one of Charlotte’s …

“We’ve Leveled Up:” Nerdcore Duo GameBreax On Bringing Pop Culture To Hip-Hop

July 18th, 2019


Summer is more than just a season for sun, sand and vacations. It’s also a time for geek culture to be celebrated with a number of pop culture, comic …

Stranger (Synth) Things: Charlotte Rock Band Fortune Teller Takes Us Back To The 80s

July 4th, 2019


The third season premiere of Stranger Things (set in the ‘80s). The upcoming sequel to Wonder Woman (set in 1984). The next iteration of American Horror Story (also set in 1984). There’s just something about the ‘80s …

Take a Picture, It’ll Rock Harder: A Snapshot of Music Photographer Daniel Coston

June 20th, 2019


Thousands? Millions? It’s difficult to pin down how many pictures Daniel Coston has taken in his twenty year career as one of Charlotte’s go-to music …

Self Aware Records: The Charlotte Music Record Label Keeps On Spinning

June 6th, 2019


In 2008, Self Aware was an “indie zine” highlighting the rock, punk and alternative scenes of Charlotte music. While its mission hasn’t changed much over the course of a decade, Self Aware has now grown to become an …

Mind Over (Music) Matter: Joe Kuhlmann on Celebrating Mindfulness and Tackling the Mental Health Crisis

May 23rd, 2019


Ask anyone in the Charlotte music scene, and they’ll tell you: The Evening Muse is one of the best local music venues in the Queen City. Thanks to the work of venue co-founder Joe Kuhlmann, The Evening Muse has helped …

Encore: Learning a Thing (or Three) from the ‘Godmother Of Charlotte Rock’ Hope Nicholls

May 9th, 2019


Host note: This month, Charlotte is capping off its 250th birthday with Charlotte Shout, a creative celebration of the Queen City’s past, present and future. And when one thinks of Charlotte’s musical legacy and …

From Coltrane To J. Cole: Harvey Cummings II Has The Jazz Chops

April 24th, 2019


From contributing music to the hit Cartoon Network show “The Boondocks” to performing with Marsalis jazz family royalty, it’s no wonder Charlotte native Harvey Cummings II has been called a “jazz legend in the making,” …

‘Dear Journal…’ A Day in the Musical Life of Charlotte Dream Rockers Petrov

April 11th, 2019


The sights you see, the people you meet, the life experiences that shape your hours, days, and years. How would you paint a picture of your …

‘I Can Be Myself:’ Dexter Jordan on Singing R&B and Loving His Identity

March 28th, 2019


Acceptance is a recurring theme for up-and-coming R&B crooner Dexter Jordan: accepting new friends and collaborators in the Charlotte music …

For Queen (City) and Country (Music): Caroline Keller On Making It In Nashville And Breaking It In Charlotte

March 14th, 2019


If you tuned into the 2019 Grammy Awards in February, you might have confused it for the Country Music Awards. Up-and-coming country star Kacey Musgraves took home some of the biggest awards of the night with “Best …

Lights… Camera… Music! Bringing Classical to the Big Screen with the Charlotte Symphony

February 27th, 2019


By the time this interview is released, the film industry will have capped off its awards season with the Oscars. While some focus on the more prominent awards like “Best Actress” or “Best Motion Picture,” it’s just as …

Pulling at Those Heartstrings: A ValenTUNE’s Day Conversation with Jason Scavone

February 14th, 2019


In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked singer/songwriter/producer Jason Scavone about his love for singing and songwriting, not falling out of love with music given the up’s and down’s of the industry, and what it takes …

Bakalao Stars on Charlotte’s Golden Age of Rock En Español

January 31st, 2019


If you lived in Charlotte in the early 2000’s, you lived through the golden age of Rock En Español in the Queen City. Latin reggae band Bakalao Stars …

Scratchin’ the Surface of Charlotte Arts and Music with DJ Fannie Mae

January 17th, 2019


Charlotte DJ Fannie Mae is breaking ground as the first DJ for the Charlotte Ballet, as well as the go-to DJ for the Queen City’s museums, clubs and festivals.

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Ink Floyd On Being A B(r)and Advocate For Charlotte Music

January 3rd, 2019


Since opening shop in 2018, Ink Floyd has become a visual center for the Charlotte music scene, designing and printing up thousands of posters, shirts and stickers for regional musicians and venues. But it’s more than …

Amigo’s Alt-Country Finds the Humor in the Heartache

December 20th, 2018


With such friendly faces and such a friendly band name, you wouldn’t expect Amigo to be one of the darkest rocking country acts in Charlotte. But …

Lonnie Davis on Planting the Seeds for ‘America’s Classical Music… Jazz’

December 6th, 2018


Some may recognize jazz as being the lifeblood of New Orleans, but what of Charlotte?  President and CEO of the Jazz Arts Initiative Lonnie Davis …

Neo-Soul Artist Cyanca on Finding Her Way: ‘Your Pain is Equal to Your Breakthrough’

November 21st, 2018


The laid back mix of hip-hop, neo-soul and spoken word that shows Cyanca is a star in the making.

The post Neo-Soul Artist Cyanca on Finding Her Way: …

In a World of Music Streaming, Charlotte’s Lunchbox Records Keeps on Spinning

November 8th, 2018


It may seem like we’re in an age of music streaming, but Lunchbox Records owner Scott Wishart shows that, in actuality, we’re in a record renaissance.

The post In a World of Music Streaming, Charlotte’s Lunchbox Records …

Melinda Whittington On ‘Amplifying the Human Experience’ Through Opera

October 25th, 2018


Opera singer Melinda Whittington's career combines costumes and characterization with a love of history, languages, cultures and singing. Here career …

QUISOL Wants to Restore Power to the (Music) People

October 11th, 2018


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 …

Jamie Hoover Soaks Up Nearly 40 Rock’n Years with The Spongetones

September 28th, 2018


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 …

The Soaring Cinematic Jazz of Emily Sage

September 27th, 2018


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 …

The Mixtape Magic of Yung Citizen

September 26th, 2018


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, …

CHÓCALA Will Make You Put Your Hands Together

September 25th, 2018


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 …

A Sign of the Times, Unearthing History One Song At a Time

September 24th, 2018


“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots,” said civil rights leader Marcus Mosiah …

Steps to Indie Music Success From Artist Arsena Schroeder

September 21st, 2018


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 …

Trash Room on Fighting Frustration Through Punk Rock

September 20th, 2018


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 …

Sampling the Sixties with Mash-Up Artist Dirty Art Club

September 19th, 2018


"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 …

Gypsy Guitarist Vadim Kolpakov Brings a Different Kind of ‘Western and Country’ to Charlotte

September 18th, 2018


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, …

Country Crooner Perry Fowler On Owning Petra’s, A Piece Of Charlotte Music’s Heart

September 17th, 2018


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 …

Tosco Music Parties Celebrates 30 Years of ‘Bringing People Together’

September 14th, 2018


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.

The …

Noel Freidline & Maria Howell are Bringing Back that Ol’ Razzle Dazzle

September 13th, 2018


The reports of jazz music's death have been greatly exaggerated, and world-travelling band leader Noel Freidline and acclaimed actress/vocalist Maria …

Remixing Retro with Soulganic

September 12th, 2018


Listen to a playlist of classic soul songs (perhaps featuring legends like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin or Otis Redding), and you’ll hear some …

Dane Page Wears His Heart on His Folk Music Sleeve

September 11th, 2018


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 …

The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll is in Bruce Hazel

September 10th, 2018


How do you capture the thrill of first discovering your favorite song or the adrenaline rush of your first concert? For singer-songwriter Bruce …

In the Charlotte Music Mix with Producer Chris Garges

September 7th, 2018


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 …

Neo-R&B Artist Jason Jet is Taking Off

September 6th, 2018


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 …

Musician-Turned-Chef-Turned-Musician Brit Drozda

September 5th, 2018


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, …

Piano Phenom Chad Lawson

September 4th, 2018


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 …

‘Godmother of Charlotte Rock’ Hope Nicholls

September 3rd, 2018


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, …

Introducing Amplifier: WFAE’s New Podcast On The Charlotte Music Scene

August 31st, 2018


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 …

What To Expect On WFAE’s ‘Amplifier’ Podcast

August 31st, 2018


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 …

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