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MerleFest Adds The Avett Brothers, Molly Tuttle, and Sean McConnell to 2019 Festival

WILKESBORO, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2019) – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions for MerleFest 2019: The Avett Brothers, Molly Tuttle, and Sean McConnell . The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, April 25-28. MerleFest is pleased to welcome these three distinguished artists to the 2019 lineup: The Avett Brothers: The Avett...

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STUDIO B - PRESENTED BY SIERRA NEVADA

New Tunes At Two

New Tunes At Two

Monday, January 21

Robert Ellis – The Texas Piano Man

Tuesday, January 22

Whitehorse – The Northern South Vol. 2

Wednesday, January 23

Alice Wallace – Into the Blue

Thursday, January 24

Daniel Romano – Finally Free

Peak of the Week: Thursdays at 9pm sample a new release

Thursday, January 24: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Live From the Ryman – One of ‘NCW listeners’ favorite artists. In fact this new release was #2 in the Top 100!

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WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week had a chance to catch up with the Editor In Chief of Our State Magazine, Elizabeth Hudson.  Our State celebrates North Carolina from the coast to the mountains.  Elizabeth talked about January's issue which featured Biltmore's Hidden Jungle, a young farm couple in Yancy County and their world-famous calf- Baby James, plus Martin Luther King, Jr's speech presented in Rocky Mount.  This interview first aired on Jan. 18, 2019.

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Vicki Dameron

Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark says we've got a super lineup for our show this Sunday. We'll revisit a session with Matt Walsh, who has played with blues greats Bob Margolin and Hubert Sumlin. Walsh's latest album is “The Midnight Strain.” He and his band mates played songs from it, live in Studio B, on the eve of its release last year. We'll also feature a session from singer/songwriter Elise Davis, showcasing her new album “Cactus,” in our studio this past November. Studio B Rewind airs every Sunday at 7pm with your Host Kim Clark.

 

Opinions Editor and Columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times, Casey Blake updated More to the Story (aired Jan. 16, 2019) on various news topics from the Asheville area. That included how the Government shutdown is effecting local employees, Buncombe County's lawsuit against a contractor in a possible kickback scheme, and how the Asheville Airport surpassed a record in 2018.

Two men laughing and playing music
Vicki Dameron

Former NASCAR driver, and now broadcaster Kyle Petty joined WNCW's Friday Feature as he was preparing for a concert with Musician David Childers.  Kyle talks about his love for music, singing and songwriting, but the heart of this interview was his long-time charity work that includes Victory Junction, a camp for children with disabilities.  No one is turned away. We hope you'll have a listen to this feature from January 11, 2019.

More to the Story: Charlotte's Climate Change Plan

Jan 18, 2019
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Vicki Dameron

Charlotte has an ambitious goal.  A goal aiming for a zero-carbon city for fleet and buildings, a strategic action plan, by 2030.  The Queen City is receiving technical support and resources towards Climate Change, after making a small list of cities across the nation to do so.  During this More To The Story from January 9, 2019- Charlotte Observer Government and Politics Reporter- Ely Portillo is guest.  An update on Interstate 77 toll lanes is also discussed.

New album with familiar band from acoustic music mainstay

The Devil Makes Three
Jay Westcott

This Americana group blends folk, blues, ragtime, & rock. Or as they are described on their website, "the band nods to the revolutionary unrest of author James Baldwin, the no-holds barred disillusionment of Ernest Hemingway, and Southern Gothic malaise of Flannery O’Connor." Their tour takes them through the South this week with shows that include Asheville on Thursday, and Knoxville on Saturday.

WILKESBORO, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2019) – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions for MerleFest 2019: The Avett Brothers, Molly Tuttle, and Sean McConnell. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, April 25-28. MerleFest is pleased to welcome these three distinguished artists to the 2019 lineup:

The most award-winning act in Bluegrass (including 8-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and 7 Grammys!), the Queen of Bluegrass and her incredibly talented band of pickers returns to the area for WNCW's 6th annual "Goin' Across the Mountain Live" concert at Isothermal's Foundation Performing Arts Center, Friday night at 7pm (tickets here). Support your flagship bluegrass station, and catch some of the best, live!

Congrats to the Rangers for ranking #3 in WNCW's Top 100 of 2018! (in good company with the likes of John Prine and Jason Isbell.) And all of the great successes these boys from Brevard and Asheville have experienced the past few years couldn't happen to nicer guys. We welcome them back to their home radio station in advance of their Asheville show Saturday the 19th (with Hiss Golden Messenger!)

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