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Divided & United is the name of a new, two-disc collection of songs from the Civil War. The selections tell tales of fear, loneliness, exhaustion and triumph. All recordings featured on the album, which was produced by Randall Poster, are new takes on old songs; historian Sean Wilentz wrote the liner notes for the record.

The collection features lesser-known songs of the Civil War, some by a songwriter named Henry Clay Work. According to Wilentz, Work was a key member of a group of composers that wrote the history of the era through song.

WCBE proudly presents Leon Russell at Woodland's Backyard on Friday, November 15th!  

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The Nashville Indie-Roots group The Apache Relay will perform on Saturday, November 9th at The A&R Music Bar with L.A.'s Scottish-American singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice. 

WCBE proudly presents the Philadelphia based group Dr. Dog on Thursday, November 7th at The Newport Music Hall

WCBE proudly presents the Brooklyn based band The Lone Bellow on Thursday, November 7th at The Basement

WCBE presents Derek Vincent Smith AKA Pretty Lights  at The LC on Wednesday, November 6th!  Self described as Electrohiphopsoul, Pretty Lights is out on tour with the brand new release A Color Map Of The Sun and is making a stop in Columbus! 

WCBE proudly presents the great double bill of the Drive-By Truckers and Old 97's at The Newport Music Hall on November 6th!  

WCBE proudly presents Lotus at The Newport Music Hall on Friday, November 1st  with The Floozies and DJ Moxy

WCBE Presents Beats Antique at The Newport
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The Electronic/World fusion dance trio Beats Antique are out on tour in support of their brand new concept album A Thousand Faces-Act 1 and will be making a stop in Columbus on Tuesday, October 22nd! 

The Grammy nominated Bluegrass outfit The Steeldrivers will perform on Saturday, October 12th at Woodland's Backyard

Singer songwriter Willy Mason is out on the road in support of his first album in five years...Carry On!


proudly presents Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors at The Basement on Wednesday, October 2nd! 

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traoré has always been a sophisticate. She grew up as the daughter of a diplomat who was posted in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Her most recent stage project was Desdemona, a critically acclaimed theater piece riffing on Shakespeare's Othello, done in collaboration with novelist Toni Morrison and renowned theater director Peter Sellars and mounted at London's Barbican, in Vienna and at Lincoln Center.

Review: Mazzy Star, 'Seasons Of Your Day'

Sep 16, 2013

Mazzy Star came out of the Los Angeles neo-psychedelic indie-rock scene of the '80s — a spin-off the band Opal, which dissolved after lead singer Kendra Smith bailed.

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Probably best know as a longtime member of the Jerry Garcia Band, Melvin Seals & JGB will return to Columbus for a show at Woodland's Tavern! 

WCBE proudly presents the legendary Texas singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver at Woodland's Backyard

There's an element of Gregory Porter's singing that feels like a welcome throwback, though he doesn't spell it out precisely. It's in the way he leans heavily into and erupts "Hey!" without fear of coming up short. It's in his coat-and-tie handling of an audience, well-mannered but without quaint mannerisms. It's in one of his better-known songs, where he asks "1960 what? 1960 who?" without a distinct answer — just a suggestion of the decade's historic events, alert black community and cathartic swing.

Lou Barlow has been reuniting with old bandmates left and right in the last decade or so, even as his personal life has broken apart. In 2005, the rock veteran rejoined Dinosaur Jr., having long since moved past the acrimony surrounding his departure, and he's now back with Sebadoh for the first time since the turn of the century.

The new documentary Muscle Shoals recalls how interracial harmony in tumultuous times made possible a new kind of music. Leading African-American artists traveled to North Alabama — not exactly a place they thought they'd be welcome in the civil rights era — to jam with an all-white crew of session players. In little rooms near the wide Tennessee River, they perfected soul and anticipated Southern rock.

WCBE proudly presents the Mickey Hart Band on Wednesday September 25th @ Woodland's Tavern

Husband and wife, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst make up the duo Shovels And Rope out of Charleston, S.C. 

Citizen Cope, aka Clarence Greenwood will perform an intimate solo acoustic performance at The Newport Music Hall on Sunday, September 15th!  Doors open at 7PM.


6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Sean Carney Band
9:00 p.m. – Charlie Musselwhite


On her latest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, singer Neko Case lays her heart — and her healthy sense of humor — bare. It's a deeply personal record that, among other things, offers intimate, sometimes wry meditations on the recent loss of both of her parents and a grandmother. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and I spoke with Neko Case about the music, and shared questions from listeners, in this interview that we originally webcast live on Aug. 29.

The story of Sylvester Stewart — we call him Sly Stone — is that of a great urban engineer who launched out of the Bay Area in 1967 with a series of bridge-making hits: fusing rock to rhythm and blues, bringing jazz and funk into the mainstream with a band that was black and white, male and female. The story takes a weird corner and ends (or at least peaks) with some chattery scary masterpieces, isolated midnight moanings, fear and dread as universal in the '70s as love had been a few years before.

If Bob Dylan's long career as a genius of the American spirit has taught us anything, it's that one fan's trash is another one's treasure. "I never looked at songs as 'good' or 'bad,' only different kinds of good ones," he once said. Dylan's music, from the magpie folk of his early years to the historically conscious balladry of his current albums, has always reminded us that our legacy includes not just ennobling beauty, but also minstrelsy, dirty blues, sentimental sappiness and rama-lama-ding-dong.