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Vicki Dameron

WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick is back with his popular podcast On The Way Up. Each episode features some of the best tunes that are either fresh out of the shrink wrap, or just making their way into the hearts of WNCW listeners. Kendrick said in this episode, we'll go back and look at some of the songs that were played the most on WNCW for the first ten months of 2018. "We are almost set to begin voting for the top releases of the year in making our top 100," said Kendrick. "That voting will begin after Thanksgiving.

Friday Feature- Bluegrass Boogie (Art of Music)

Nov 14, 2018

The Smoky Mountain News is presenting "Bluegrass Boogie" - just one of numerous events that will make up this year's Balsam Range - Art of Music Festival in Waynesville, the week after Thanksgiving.  Bluegrass Boogie includes live music by Ol' Dirty Bathtub and Darren Nicholson.  Reporter Garrett Woodward from the SM News is guest on this Friday Feature to provide all the details (aired originally Nov. 9, 2018.

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It's hard to think of someone more qualified to spin an hour of great tunes than Randall. His songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, & Hot Tuna among others, he's played for many years with Steve Winwood, Gregg Allman, Widespread Panic, & Sea Level...and of course we love his own records, too! He and his band play Ambrose West in West Asheville Friday night.

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Hey, it's "Frank" On Friday in the Noon hour again! Only it's the progressive bluegrass version, as one of the best returns to Studio B before their show at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall Friday night (at 8:30, a half-hour before "Frank On Friday" airs) It's Frank on mandolin, Mike Munford on banjo, Chris Luquette on guitar, and Jeremy Middleton on bass. Frank will also teach a master-level mandolin workshop at Lake Junaluska on 11/30 as part of Balsam Range's "Art of Music Festival."

Two of our favorite contemporary Americana stringbands, in a double-bill! Join Joe Kendrick as we bring you live interview sessions from both, amongst their soundchecks for their Thursday night show in Shelby, NC. We expect to go live with The Steel Wheels around 3:30pm, and Chatham County Line a bit past 5:00 pm.

You might know one of our favorite contemporary cosmic Americana troubadours... but do you know one of our favorite current power-pop rockers? They are one in the same, as Aaron's latest release "Karma For Cheap" is more reminiscent of his time with the New York Dolls. He joins us in Studio B before playing Ambrose West in West Asheville Tuesday night.

The Berlin-based trio Trouble Notes is Bennet Cerven violin, Florian Eisenschmidt guitar, and Oliver Maguire percussion. They play a powerful blend of EDM, hip-hop, and indie rock along with classical, klezmer and jazz. Get to know them with Renee in Studio B Monday afternoon, in advance of their Wednesday evening show in Asheville, NC.

Our wonderful and talented Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark says this weekend's show includes some legendary musicians. "Rodney Crowell has been collecting songwriting awards since the mid 1970s, was a mainstream country superstar in the late 1980s, and has been a favorite of ours since his album “The Houston Kid” came out in 2001, said Clark. "When Rodney performed at the Don Gibson Theatre last month we were able to join him on stage during a soundcheck for a live performance and interview, and you'll hear it on the this Studio B Rewind.

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Vicki Dameron

Our great friend, multi-instrumentalist, singer, storyteller and TV host David Holt returned to WNCW earlier this month to talk about his new, third season of his television series that highlights great roots music from our region.

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WNCW and NPR bring you the results for South Carolina's Midterm 2018 Elections!