On The Way Up

Open the door to a world of music from WNCW with On The Way Up, our new music podcast hosted by Joe Kendrick. 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. Along with the new songs is the occasional feature “DJ For A Day”, where we give you a glimpse into life as a music host and into the broader music industry. Also included is the “Segue Of The Week”, with a new song paired with a classic track. For newcomers to WNCW, here is your introduction. For longtime fans who would like to keep up to date, this podcast is for you too.

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2018’s crop of new music is almost all harvested, but there are plenty of good songs to cook up and put on your podcast plate in this, episode 37 of the show. We’ll feature a couple of retrospective releases, with one from the late Charles Bradley, and another bootleg from Bob Dylan, who is up to volume 14 in that series. We serve up a punk cover by Ty Segall and a segue of the week from the Mekons, a set of new Christmas tunes, and much more.

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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.

This episode includes a couple of our favorites in the Americana world, Courtney Marie Andrews and Kim Richey, plus some Chicago blues from the Nick Moss Band and an archival release from Jimi Hendrix with Stephen Stills on vocals, the return of my favorite trio from Hoboken, NJ, Yo La Tengo. We also welcome WNCW’s Paul Foster to our DJ For A Day segment, as we dive into what it’s like to be on the radio early (and I mean early!) every day, and what’s important and what’s not in the news world. Plus, a Segue Of The Week with a nugget from Nilsson.

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Scotty Robertson (left) and Joe Kendrick (right)
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In this episode, you’ll hear the return of The Mammals, who have expanded their musical palette considerably since their last release 12 years ago, folk music with a punk sensibility from The Tillers, Peter Rowan returning to bluegrass, plus captivating debuts from Vivian Leva and Lauren Ruth Ward, and more. We also have a DJ For A Day conversation with WNCW’s Rhythm Theorem and midday host Scotty Robertson about our recent programming moves, and we’ll wrap it up with an international set, including our Segue Of The Week.

On this episode we feature some of the artists making a big splash on our airwaves lately.  Tunes include a live 1963 album from the late great Doc Watson, R&B from England’s James Hunter Six, and newer voices as well, with a new spin on reggae from Holly Cook, hypnotic desert soundscapes from 3hatttrio, thick jazz grooves from Charlie Peacock and much more.

Welcome to Episode 32 of our exploration of some of the most notable songs to arrive in our mailboxes and inboxes lately here at grassroots radio. We’ve got everything from favorites like Wood Brothers and Calexico to the long-awaited return of North Carolina’s (and now more New Orleans’) own Squirrel Nut Zippers, several instrumental stand outs, and a Segue Of The Week with a dark classic from the band Portishead.

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WNCW Host Martin Anderson
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In this show we play some heavy hitting favorites, with western NC’s Steep Canyon Rangers showing up in the playlist, and a new and decidedly different approach from The Decemberists, plus one of our favorite Americana bands from Brooklyn, with a new single from Yarn. We’ll also get to some nifty jazz and violin tunes as well as feature an up and coming old time band from the high country here in the old north state.

After a holiday break, we return with a batch of music to break your sonic fast over the past month, and hopefully give you some warm feelings in this cold season along the way. The end of the calendar year and holidays always spell a slow time for new music, but we finally collected enough new offerings to make a quality mix for you, and are glad to get this show into a forward gear again. We’ll spin two western NC bands along with WNCW favorites like James McMurtry and Mavis Staples, and dip into some jazz and alternative rock along the way.

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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Carolyn Young filming for NPR's Night Owl series
Joe Kendrick

In this episode, we sample some of the many different styles of music WNCW loves to play, including some tasty covers by the likes of Infamous Stringdusters, Charley Crockett,  Dori Freeman and newcomer Elise LeGrow. Plus, a Doo Wop “Segue Of The Week”, and on DJ For A Day, a conversation with Isothermal Community College broadcast instructor Carolyn Young about our mini adventure with NPR filming videos for their Night Owl series, and more.

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