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New Crowd Around The Mic 22 - Available At Discount During Pre-Drive For Fall Fundraiser 2018

We are officially in our Pre-drive stage and ready to show you some of our thank you gifts for our fundraiser that begins October 21st and ends October 27th. Pre-drive means we are offering many of our gifts at a $20 discount for items like our new Crowd Around The Mic CD 22. It's an amazing compilation of many of our Studio B performances this year. We hope you like it - we do! You can go to wncw.org and click on donate to help listener-powered radio in its 29th year of being on the air....

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River Whyless - Van Dyke Brown - Featured on New Crowd Around The Mic Vol. 22

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Friday, October 12th at 10pm: "Tom Petty: An American Treasure" Radio Special

We all miss the great Tom Petty. Reprise Records has a new career-spanning box set of unreleased recordings from the Petty archives, as well as this hour-long radio special with Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell, and of course various interview segments from Petty himself. We'll be spinning tunes from An American Treasure throughout the week(s) on 'NCW, and click here for a video of an unreleased song from 1982!

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New Tunes At Two

New Tunes At Two

Monday, October 8th

Missy Raines – Royal Traveller

Tuesday, October 9th

John Scofield – Combo 66

Wednesday, October 10th

Robert Walter’s 20th Congress - Spacesuit

Thursday - October 11th

The Stray Birds – Let It Pass

Peak of the Week: Every Thursday at 9 PM Sample A New Release

Thursday, October 11th - Amy Ray – Holler

Indigo Girls cofounder has what’s got to be her strongest solo work to date, thanks in part to some Asheville talent on this!

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We'll revisit a couple of recent sessions by bands that have brand new albums: 

The bluegrass super group Songs From The Road Band will be playing tunes from their latest Road To Nowhere and our friends from Knoxville, TN, the Black Lillies, will be showcasing their evolution into a full-blown rock band when they play songs from their new album Stranger To Me. Sunday with Kim Clark at 7pm.

 

It’s nearly impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, the 14-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Madisonville, TN. While the music of this “modern-day Janis Joplin” has been described as “old-timey,” she adds her own unique, contemporary blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a sprinkling of blues, delivering vivid emotion with every spirited yet haunting note. She'll be at the Isothermal Community College Performing Arts Center, Saturday, October 6th. Showtime is at 7:30pm  

We all miss the great Tom Petty. Reprise Records has a new career-spanning box set of unreleased recordings from the Petty archives, as well as this hour-long radio special with Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell, and of course various interview segments from Petty himself. We'll be spinning tunes from An American Treasure throughout the week(s) on 'NCW, and click here for a video of an unreleased song from 1982!

Soul/rock/dance band The Fritz settled in Asheville in 2011, after forming in college in Florida. They have a new EP out Friday, and a show in Asheville Saturday night the 13th, and we're glad to have them serve up a funky, soulful lunch in Studio B  on Wednesday. Check out this new video of theirs here.

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Singer/songwriter Vanessa Peters seems to be really hitting her stride with a new album called Foxhole Prayers. "I'm a literature geek at heart and for years I've wanted to do an album somehow influenced by The Great Gatsby, but the idea seemed much to nerdy and abstract. But after I re-read it last year, it dawned on me that we were literally reliving the Gatsby years."  She plays Wednesday in Charlotte, and Thursday in Knoxville (and Italy a week later!)

Paul Cauthen is one of Americana's best new singer/songwriters. We first got to know him when he was a member of the band Sons of Fathers. WNCW 's Music Director Martin Anderson spoke with Cauthen at September's AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tennessee during a morning spent at SoundStage Studios, following a late night showcase with a dozen or more other WNCW favorites musicians. We originally aired the interview on Wednesday, October 3rd, and now you can listen to the PODCAST.

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It's no secret that Hurricane Florence left behind massive amounts of damage to parts of Eastern North Carolina and in particular, the coast.  One of those hard hit places was the City of Wilmington.  Daily Courier, Rutherford County, Reporter Mackenzie Wicker, used to call the Wilmington area home.  Her sister lives there now, as do some college friends.  Mackenzie shared all she knew about what residents were dealing with in Wilmington, during this interview on September 26, 2018.

Toe River Arts of Burnsville in Western North Carolina, recently named a new Director of the group.  Nealy Andrews was guest of this Friday Feature Interview of the Week, when she discussed Toe River and this year's Annual Music in the Mountains Folk Festival (held 9/22). Traditional arts programs and keeping a long folk and music tradition going were main topics when this segment aired on Sept. 21, 2018.

Posted by Host and Producer of WNCW's Friday Feature- Paul Foster, Senior Producer, News and PSA Coordinator, and Morning Edition Regional Host

More to the Story: Notable News from Asheville

Oct 3, 2018

During this time period, Asheville and Western North Carolina were dealing with minor headaches, compared to other parts of the state, in the aftermath of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Florence.  This was discussed, as well as The FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, water quality standards, and an editorial piece, "We Are Not Your Enemy." Asheville Citizen-Times Opinions and Columnist Editor- Casey Blake was our guest (Sept. 19, 2018).

Howdy SkunkFest Fans! Albino Skunk Music Festival is happening in just a few days in Greer, SC and we are READY for some skunk action - We hear The Farm is in fabulous shape and the lineup is equally fantastic! We'll be there in full force... we'll have a WNCW tent run by The Southards and many other awesome volunteers. And, Joe Kendrick and Jasmin Melton will be emceeing and representin! Come out and see why many people call it "one of the best festivals in South Carolina." Enjoy live music, great food & drink, friends and WNCW family!

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