The Busker Broadcast is a show dedicated to street performers. Abby The Spoon Lady hosts each week and avidly supports a cavalcade of musicians who have risked their lives for the sake of art. Abby debunks the myth that street performers busk because they can’t get gigs inside venues; nothing is further from the truth. Listening to the show, your senses become alive with the very spirit of Asheville, a folksy, grassroots-oriented town.
The genre is considered Free Form, however there is a distinctive bluesy-jug band music groove to many of the songs played. Jug band music sprang up in the 1920’s, is influenced by blues and jazz, which later evolved into separate country and city styles. A revival of Jug Bands occurred during the 60’s and has since retained its original swagger. Talented musicians use everything from spoons, garbage can tin tops, mandolins, ukulele, shakers, tambourines, banjos, horns, wood flutes, pianos and acoustic guitar to create their unique sound. Mixed into the woven gritty tapestry, you will hear poetry set to catchy rhythms.
Abby August 8th show inspires us with twenty-seven busker acts singing about their lives. Artists on the playlist serenaded us with songs like “And I” by Annie Williams from the Introduction to Annie Williams album. She sings, “I love you whether or not you change” with an Alternative, melodic-folk sound that compares to Dido without the commerciality. Another standout performance act featured on this show was The Buskits. This is a child-duo is comprised of a nine year old named Kyle and his thirteen year-old brother, Andrew. The song, “No Milk Today,” from the In Retrospect album was spun at the top of the playlist for good reason. The string/percussion instrumental was played with professionalism that most don’t develop until much later on in life.
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By: Ameilia Terry