Christmas

Man playing guitar
Vicki Dameron

Pre-Jam. It's an annual WNCW tradition. The event is a special concert held each year, at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, in advance of Warren Haynes fundraiser for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. WNCW Music Director Martin Anderson said the idea of the Pre-Jam started at the station. "What began as a live Studio B session and a great opportunity for various artists to meet and jam with each other for the first time, has now become a tradition with a vibe all its own, said Anderson.

Martin Anderson on stage at the Warren Haynes Christmas Pre-Jam in 2016.
Photo by Vicki Dameron

On this episode of On The Way up, we spotlight Christmas themes with some of the best new music to come our way this season, like The Minus 5, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Decemberists, Lowland Hum and more. On “DJ For A Day”, I’ll talk with WNCW morning host and music director, Martin Anderson, about our top 100 of 2017, as voting for that yearly best-of list is going on right now at wncw.org. Plus we’ll spin you a “Segue of the Week”, pairing a newly reissued and practically unheard of soul tune from 1983 with another funky gem from our stacks of Christmas discs.

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