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Live Friday, September 28th around 10:30am: Amanda Shires

Yes she's the Texan fiddler married to Jason Isbell with her latest album recorded in Nashville by producer Dave Cobb. But throw out all your presumptions of what she'll sound like, because Amanda likes to keep you on your toes, which is one of the things we love about her. "I wanted the songs to have atmosphere,” Shires says. “That the album was going to be sort of poppy, and that I was doing that to bring some sunshine into the world, cause it’s pretty dark right now.” Her busy tour...

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The National Reserve - Other Side Of Love


This Old Porch Host Carol Rifkin Welcomes LILLIAN CHASE & LEILA WEINSTEIN Sunday, Sept. 23rd to WNCW

Lillian Chase is a 14-year old old-time and bluegrass fiddler and ballad singer with an album produced by John Doyle. The 6th generation native of Western North Carolina found the fiddle at the age of 6, and has a strong interest in the local and regional old-time music that goes with our mountain history. This spirited youngster also plays the stand-up bass, and enjoys playing classical violin in one of the Asheville Symphony Youth orchestras. Lillian appeared at Merlefest 2018 and also...

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New Tunes At Two

New Tunes At Two

Monday, September 24th

Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions

Tuesday, September 25th

John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions

Wednesday, September 26th

Cordovas – That Santa Fe Channel

Thursday - September 27th

Loretta Lynn – Wouldn’t It Be Great

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

Thursday, September 27th -The War & Treaty – Healing Tide

Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount Trotter were one of the most talked about acts at this month’s AmericanaFest. Love’s healing power is the theme.

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The FEI World Equestrian Games are taking place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC.  Spectators and horse teams have traveled to the United States from all over the world to attend or participate.  Outside of the games and the competition - in our Friday Feature this week, we ask important questions like - Who is providing healthcare in case of an emergency or injury, be it large or small?  And, where are numerous volunteers staying while they give of their time and talent.  From Sept. 7, 2018 - guest interviews include RN Lori Oliver of St.

In the early days of the popularity of malls taking our nation by storm, there was Charlotte's Eastland Mall.  That mall no longer exists, but the huge amount of land that it sat on has been a long time topic of what's next for that part of the Queen City.  Hear the details of that story - plus news on continued growth and expansion of Charlotte's Douglas International Airport. Charlotte Observer Business Reporter- Ely Portillo covers it all in this More to the Story from September 5, 2018.

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Chester McMillian is a legend of old-time guitar in Mount Airy, NC, playing the distinctive Round Peak music of Surry County for decades. McMillian grew up in a family of musicians and started playing early in life when his father helped make him a cigar-box guitar.


WNCW knows all about good regional music and the artists that have made a name for themselves with many of them making their way on to our airwaves.  That's why we wanted to know more about Public Radio WFAE's new music podcast called Amplifier, focusing on Charlotte artists/musicians.  On-Demand Content and Audience Engagement Producer- Joni Deutsch hosts Amplifier and talked all about on the August 31, 2018 Friday Feature. 

Mike Conley/McDowell News

Reporter Mike Conley from the McDowell News filled in WNCW on some of the latest top stories.  This included County Commissioners wanting to pull the county out of the district health department, citizens fighting for a piece of history at the courthouse, and new ownership of the old downtown movie theatre.  This interview first aired August 28, 2018.

Posted by Host and Producer of More to the Story, Paul Foster- WNCW Senior Producer, News and PSA Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

Friday Feature: Children First Organization

Sep 10, 2018
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Children First

Natasha Adwaters with the Children First Organization, located in Asheville, spoke to Paul Foster during this edition of The Friday Feature Interview of the Week.  As a new school year is just getting underway, Adwaters talked about keeping school children fed and filling backpacks with needed supplies.  Learn about the history of this group and its on-going mission. This feature first aired August 24, 2018.

Posted by Host and Producer of the Friday Feature- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News and PSA Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

Regardless of where they're from, this trio's sound caught our attention with their beautiful, engaging Americana/country/folk blend. But also intriguing is that Mari Sandvaer Kreken, Tor Egil Kreken, and Kjetil Steensnaes hail from Oslo, Norway. It's not every day you hear a sweet banjo tune sung in Norwegian...but why shouldn't it be, if it sounds like this? Darling West plays the Grey Eagle in Asheville Wednesday night, before heading to AmericanaFest in Nashville.

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He's the "songwriter's songwriter" of Western North Carolina, and Malcolm Holcombe has yet another great collection of songs out this month, "Come Hell Or High Water." Jared Tyler joined him once again on it, but this time so did Iris DeMent and Greg Brown! Malcolm and Jared play Wednesday in Boone, Thursday in Charlotte, Friday in Asheville. 

WNCW's Music Host Spencer Jones welcomes WNCW News Producer Kevin Washington to the Friday night Music Mix as a guest DJ. Jones has been inviting staff members from the station to have fun and share some of their favorite tunes with him to give the "behind the scenes" folks an opportunity to be on the air. We're super excited to hear Washington's picks for Friday night... we hear it's gonna be hoppin'

Joni Deutsch
Photo by Daniel Coston

Want to get into the Charlotte music scene, but don't know where to start? Or, are you wondering: where even is it?