The Sound

Weekdays, 7pm - Midnight The News and Ideas Network
  • Hosted by George Olsen
  • Local Host George Olsen

Five hours of Americana, roots rock and contemporary folk with an emphasis on performers from North Carolina . . . Ocracoke Island's Molasses Creek, Wilmington's Bag of Toys, the Triangle's Red Clay Ramblers, Asheville's Underhill Rose . . . we travel the mountains to the coast to present the state's best musicians.

The following CDs are available for your $40-or-more pledge...

Tribal - Imelda May
Little Steps - Rob Drabkin (autographed by the artist)
Live at Legends - Buddy Guy
The Double Down Live in Denver Vol. 1 - Band of Heathens (CD/DVD)
The Double Down Live in Denver Vol. 2 - Band of Heathens (CD/DVD)
Birds Fly South - The Mastersons
Anytime Anyplace but Only You - Russell Johnson
Mississippi Mile - John Oates (autographed by the artist)
North and South - Amelia's Mechanics
Love Potions and Snake Oil - D.B. Rielly
Jump Little Children: Old Songs for Young Folks - Lightnin' Wells
Ghost Train...The Studio B Sessions - Marty Stuart
Man from Another Time - Seasick Steve
Letters in the Deep - Cadillac Sky
Love & Circumstance - Carrie Rodriguez
The Meantime - Randall Bramblett
Pizza Box - Danny Barnes
The Pursuit - Jamie Cullum
The Day After Everything Changed - Ellis Paul
The Stars are Out - Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles
The Wreckage - Will Hoge
Works Progress Administration - WPA
Everything You Love will be Taken Away - Slaid Cleaves
Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm
Ready for the Flood - Mark Olson and Gary Louris
Oktibbeha County - WSNB
Recovery - Louden Wainwright III
Same Old Man - John Hiatt
Alligator Purse - Beausoleil
Life Death Love & Freedom - John Mellencamp
Bucket - Mando Saenz
Lay It Down - Al Green
Nine Lucid Dreams - Two Loons for Tea
On the Way - Abra Moore
Secret Heart - Lauren Adams
Vagabonds - Gary Louris
Live from Austin, TX - Tift Merritt (DVD)
Live from Bearsville Theatre - Dar Williams (DVD)

Support The Sound!!!

Over 50% of the funds we use to keep The Sound on the air come from folks just like you. Listener financial support is crucial to the well-being of The Sound as well as all your Public Radio East favorites. We believe what you hear on Public Radio East on its own is enough to pledge your financial support... but a little incentive never hurt, so make a $40-or-more pledge and we'll send you your choice of CDs from the lengthy list above. Make your selection, then click on the red Support this Station button in the top right-hand corner, and type the name of your chosen CD in the comments section and we'll get it out to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your pledge. You're making The Sound possible.

George Olsen
Host/producer "The Sound"

Free download of Superman Blues from the Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson's new CD "Meet Me in Bluesland", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of The Love You Save (Mississippi) from Lipbone Redding's CD "Unbroken", a past favorite on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of Porch Lights from the Cerny Brothers' new CD "Sleeping Giant", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

INTRO – The Triangle’s Red Clay Ramblers have been involved in a number of artistic collaborations … with Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright and actor Sam Shepard for two of his films and one off-Broadway play and with the late Doug Marlette on the musical based on his comic strip Kudzu, amongst others. Another collaboration took the band away from stage and screen into a different realm, and about nine years after its debut the music is now available on CD. George Olsen talked with Bland Simpson of the Red Clay Ramblers and has this.

INTRO – If you like your country or acoustic music slick and highly produced, don’t buy the following CD by Raleigh’s Lynda Dawson and Greenville’s Pattie Hopkins. One guitar, one fiddle, two voices … that’s it … and the CD’s title tells you everything you need to know about the music inside. George Olsen talked with Lynda & Pattie and has this.

Free download of Really Wanna See You from Lydia Loveless' new CD "Somewhere Else", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of The One That Got Away from Ken Yates' new CD "23", currently featured on The Sound.  Visit Ken's website here.

The Top 40 CDs as heard on The Sound (so far) in 2015 (thru August 28)

INTRO – The typical view of the path to musical success sends the enterprising young musician into one of our country’s media centers… New York or L.A. For the members of Asheville’s The Broadcast, they’re taking a road less traveled in an effort to establish a musical career. George Olsen spoke with the band’s lead singer Caitlin Krisko and has this.

Not one... but TWO... free downloads from Rob Drabkin's latest CD "Little Steps." Enjoy tracks currently featured on The Sound Down to Fate as well as the CD's title track.

INTRO --  An Asheville Americana trio is starting to get some national attention with airplay of their second CD taking it into the Top 20 of some radio charts. The national attention comes courtesy of some humble origins that embarrassed teenagers across the country can probably identify with. George Olsen has more.

Time in the car with parents can sometimes be irritating for the kids, sometimes beneficial, sometimes both.

The new CD by Anders Osborne "Peace" is currently featured on The Sound. From that CD, enjoy a free download of 47.

INTRO – It’s not quite a comeback for the Cleveland County-based band the Acoustic Syndicate. They hadn’t been in a studio since 2004, they haven’t regularly toured in that time either… but they never quite got all the way out with occasional shows here and there over the last several years. Now they’re back in a big way… new tour, new CD… and again willing to consider the bright lights with the knowledge they can always contentedly return to the farm. George Olsen has this.

Currently featured on The Sound, download for free Every Day from Caitlin Canty's new CD "Golden Hour."

For Andrew Marlin, the genesis of Mandolin Orange’s 3rd CD “This Side of Jordan” evolved from a near-tragic incident in his own life back in 2011 that occurred around the release of the duo’s 2nd CD.

Free download of Can't Trust the News from Enter the Haggis' new CD "The Modest Revolution", currently featured on The Sound.

Beth McKee's Next to Nowhere CD was our 2nd most played release in 2012. You can download one of our featured tracks "On the Verge" here.