The Gilded Gutter blog has just posted an insightful interview with The Rebel, aka Ben Wallers, and in this case also his sometimes partner on-stage (and full-time partner off-stage), Sophie Politowicz. The Rebel is mainly Ben’s solo artist moniker. His group thing is the Country Teasers. If you know me, you know I like them both–a lot. Most intriguing thing I learned from the interview: Ben Wallers’ favorite band is Datblygu, a Welsh band from the 80s and 90s that I’ve never heard of. I will remedy that deficiency as soon as possible. Meanwhile, I’m waiting for the new Rebel EP, The Five Year Plan on Monofonus Press, to arrive at the record store. It will get played, perhaps with some Datblygu, during my radio show next Monday night, 8-10pm, on Asheville Free Media (http://AshevilleFM.org)

On another note, Asheville Free Media was given a fantastic birthday present by Michael Gira of Swans and by Sir Richard Bishop last Saturday, Sept. 10. We simulcasted their live show that night at the Orange Peel here in Asheville, and the second rebroadcast of the entire show will be during Sunday brunch this week (Sept. 25), 10am-1pm. That’s during “Mental Notes”. Don’t miss it–there will be no archive. Tune in!

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