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Vicki Dameron

Long Time WNCW Bluegrass and Gospel Music Host Dennis Jones Passes Away

"It is with great sadness that we share the news of former WNCW Technical Director and Goin' Across The Mountain Host Dennis Jones' passing. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends." ~ David Kester - WNCW Director of Radio Operations

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STUDIO B - PRESENTED BY SIERRA NEVADA

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Queen Bee Images By Vicki Dameron/Other Images Courtesy of Eli "Paperboy" Reed

Studio B Rewind, SUNDAY June 16th - Eli Paperboy Reed PLUS Queen Bee & The Honeylovers at 7pm

Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark says we're going old school this week with the classic soul sounds of Eli Paperboy Reed and his band playing songs from their latest album “99 Cent Dreams.” "We'll also dive into 1930s era jazz and get schooled on some local history in a session with Queen Bee & the Honey Lovers," said Clark. "They'll be spotlighting their new release titled simply “Asheville.” It's all here at grassroots radio WNCW 88.7 FM. You can also stream it LIVE at wncw.org or ask...

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David Weintraub

Friday Feature: Guardians of Our Troubled Waters, a Documentary Film

On this segment of the Friday Feature Interview of the Week we're proud to share The Center for Cultural Preservation's new documentary on the river hereos of the South called "Guardians Of Our Troubled Waters." Award Winning Documentary Film Director and Executive Director for the Center, David Weintraub, is our guest. He'll be discussing the new film and announcing when it will be debuting in cities across Western North Carolina. SaveCulture.org provides full information or... just go ahead...

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New Tunes At Two

New Tunes At Two

Monday, June 17th

Shinyribs – Fog & Bling

Tuesday, June 18th

Jakob Dylan & Various Artists – Echo in the Canyon (soundtrack)

Wednesday, June 19th

Studio B LIVE Session With Horse Feathers

Thursday, June 20th

Matt Hebert – Where the Heart Beats Slow

Peak of the Week: Thursdays at 8pm sample a new release with Host Ross O'Neal

Thursday, June 20th - Anders Osborne – Buddha and the Blues

The soul and spirit(s) of New Orleans - including the late Dr. John in particular - can be felt in yet another great bluesy collection from Osborne.

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Vicki Dameron

"It is with great sadness that we share the news of former WNCW Technical Director and Goin' Across The Mountain Host Dennis Jones' passing. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends."

~ David Kester - WNCW Director of Radio Operations

Collage of musicians playing music in Studio B and posing on the streets
Queen Bee Images By Vicki Dameron/Other Images Courtesy of Eli "Paperboy" Reed

Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark says we're going old school this week with the classic soul sounds of Eli Paperboy Reed and his band playing songs from their latest album “99 Cent Dreams.”  "We'll also dive into 1930s era jazz and get schooled on some local history in a session with Queen Bee & the Honey Lovers," said Clark. "They'll be spotlighting their new release titled simply “Asheville.” It's all here at grassroots radio WNCW 88.7 FM. You can also stream it LIVE at wncw.org or ask your Smart Speaker to play WNCW!

Bonnaroo 2019 is here! Are you going to the farm? We know lots of our WNCW friends and fans are going to Bonnaroo. Better get your tickets now if you have not done so already... they're going quick! Here's some basic info you need to know about camping and directions. Ticket info is at the bottom of this post.

Festivals dates are June 13-16 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Info from Bonnaroo folks at the fest:

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Stephanie Janard

The Alternative Radio Coalition Was There - Still Corners in Paris:

The mandolinist for Balsam Range released a wonderful solo release this year called "Fret a Spell" (get it?), and he stops by for a visit with Jasmin Melton before Balsam Range plays the Cherry Bounce Festival in Forest City, NC  Friday night. Darren's own band, which draws from a variety of styles, plays Bearwaters Brewing in Canton, NC on Saturday, as well as the Folkmoot Center in Waynesville, NC on Sunday the 23rd.

DVD cover for documentary Guardian of our Troubled Waters
David Weintraub

On this segment of the Friday Feature Interview of the Week we're proud to share The Center for Cultural Preservation's new documentary on the river hereos of the South called "Guardians Of Our Troubled Waters."  Award Winning Documentary Film Director and Executive Director for the Center, David Weintraub, is our guest. He'll be discussing the new film and announcing when it will be debuting in cities across Western North Carolina.  SaveCulture.org  provides full information or... just go ahead and listen.  Originally broadcast on WNCW June 7, 2019.

Check out some albums that have recently risen to the top here at WNCW - We've also listed one of our favorite tunes on each disc. Click on the song title to hear a preview on iTunes. We hope you're enjoying these tunes as much as we are, and thanks for listening to grassroots radio on WNCW! Click on title and then click on the link on this page to see the fabulous new releases and tunes. New Releases Link

In early June this year, our Program Director Joe Kendrick attended the Cold Mountain Music Festival at the Lake Logan Conference Center in beautiful Canton, NC. He had the opportunity to chat a bit with J.S. Ondara about music and the meaning of Ondara's song “Master O’Connor.” They also talk about the importance of writing one's own music and why the Kenyan/American musician rarely plays covers.  Finally... you'll hear Ondara's observations on American culture.

Monday, June 10th just past 1pm: J.S. Ondara

Jun 10, 2019

Join us for a brief interview between Joe Kendrick and Kenyan-American singer/songwriter J. S. Ondara, one of the most exciting new voices on the scene this year. Joe visited with him at the recent Cold Mountain Music Festival at Lake Logan, NC. Ondara talks about the meaning of his song “Master O’Connor”, how much he writes while rarely playing covers, and gives some observations about American culture.

“We know where we come from. We are a string band from Virginia, but we are evolving with this album, and we are embracing the future.” The album is "Over the Trees", which comes out on July 12th, which coincides with the start of their own Red Wing Roots Music Festival at Natural Chimneys Park in Mt. Solon, VA. We'll see if we can coax them into playing a new tune or two, live! They play in Yadkinville, NC on Saturday the 15th.

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