WXYC's new Southern music show premieres Friday

Hey gang - Well, we've been at work on the concept for the whole darn semester, but finally, we're proud to tell you that a new show is about to make its debut on WXYC. This Friday at 4, you'll hear the first "Carolina Breakdown," a coproduction of WXYC, the UNC Curriculum in Folklore and the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

It's a pretty straightforward concept -- an hour of locally peformed, Southern-oriented music each week, along with brief interviews with band members and songwriters. We've been taping acts at Graham Memorial's Thursday on the Terrace series, and will do so again this Thursday. We've also been taping acts at the ArtsCenter, and will -- guess what -- do so again on Friday and Saturday.

We'll provide frequent, though not annoyingly frequent, updates here as the show evolves.

The show will primarily feature artists and bands that define themselves as "Southern." We'll be exploring what it means to be a Southern musician -- whether it's hip hop, country, bluegrass, roots rock, or anything that falls in between.

On the premiere show, you'll hear The Carolina Chocolate Drops, a great African American string band from Durham, and the Allen Boys, a "sacred steel" quartet out of Mount Airy.

Next week's show will feature Nashville singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell and Mississippi free-style hip hop artist Top Notch the Villain.

The show will also be available as a podcast. Details here soon.

We're looking for suggestions to book bands for the spring shows. Got one? Email us at carolinabreakdown@unc.edu.

Thanks to all the great WXYC staff who've supported the concept. We hope you'll enjoy the first show this Friday at 4.