Earl Scruggs Music Fest Promoters Add Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Earls of Leicester, & More to Lineup

The Earl Scruggs Music Festival is proud to announce new additions to the festival lineup for the upcoming 2020 event: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jim Lauderdale, Chatham County Line , and the Earls of Leicester . Touring for more than fifty years, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band remains one of the most accomplished bands in American roots music. GRAMMY award-winning Americana star Jim Lauderdale recorded his seminal 1979 album with Roland White in Earl Scruggs’ basement in Tennessee. Much loved...

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WOW! It's Time For Our Annual Top 100 Contest - VOTE For Your Faves of 2019 & You May Win Free CDs!

TOP 100 Of 2019 It’s that time again! Time to VOTE for your 10 favorite releases of 2019 and help us create the TOP 100 for our end of year countdown that will be aired during the last week of December. When you enter the contest you will also qualify to win a complete set of the WNCW Top 10 discs, as compiled by fellow listeners and programmers! We have compiled one large list that includes Americana, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Celtic, Traditional, Regional, and all the other formats...

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Tedeschi Trucks Band WHEELS Of SOUL Tour Bringing "Modern Soul" To The Queen City This Summer

Just in from our friends at LiveNation: Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul tour – a standout of the summer concert season – is returning next year with two performers who exemplify the best of the modern soul movement. Wheels of Soul 2020 welcomes St. Paul and The Broken Bones , as well as TTB’s own talented keyboardist Gabe Dixon and his trio, to the sixth annual amphitheater run.

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Town Mountain - There's Never A Last Ride In the Van

Banjo player Jesse Langlais chuckled when he first saw the question about Town Mountain as a bluegrass finishing school. It is true that the band has had a lot of members come and go over their 11+ years. It is also true that once you are Town Mountain member, there is a reunion somewhere in your future. There is never a last ride in the van: once you play in the band, you are like family.

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News from McDowell County

Dec 9, 2019
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Reporter Mike Conley of the McDowell News made a return to WNCW's More to the Story to share some of the latest top stories from that part of Western NC, including updates about a major corridor in Marion, a new apartment complex, and another Dollar General to take over a vacant business location.  This discussion was on air Dec. 4, 2019.

It was a special day at Isothermal Community College in late November when UNC-TV used the school's television studios to record upcoming episodes of North Carolina Bookwatch, hosted by DG Martin.  One of those discussions featured Author Kristy Woodson Harvey from Beaufort.  Kristy is a best selling author thanks to romantic stories like 'Dear Carolina' and 'Feels Like Falling.'  The interview was first aired on Nov. 29, 2019.

The Western Carolina Football Team traveled to play at one of the most dominant and successful programs in college football history, Alabama.  Cory Vaillancourt of Smoky Mountain News made the trip and watched the game from the sidelines.  It gave him a chance to put together a story that described what it means for the smaller college program when David vs. Goliath.  

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Joel Burgess, State and Federal Politics and City Government Reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, took part in this More to the Story from Nov. 20, 2019 to discuss the latest changes in voting maps in western NC. 

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A WNCW Musical Event To Raise Funds For Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity

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Dave Simchock

WNCW staffers are happily gearing up for the station's annual LIVE Goin' Across The Mountain show which will be held Saturday, January 18, at The Foundation For Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Isothermal Community College, in Spindale, North Carolina.

Just in from our friends at LiveNation:

Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul tour – a standout of the summer concert season – is returning next year with two performers who exemplify the best of the modern soul movement.  Wheels of Soul 2020 welcomes St. Paul and The Broken Bones, as well as TTB’s own talented keyboardist Gabe Dixon and his trio, to the sixth annual amphitheater run.

The Earl Scruggs Music Festival is proud to announce new additions to the festival lineup for the upcoming 2020 event: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jim Lauderdale, Chatham County Line, and the Earls of Leicester. 

Listen for your chance to win tickets for the Charlotte show all this week on WNCW!

From our friends at LiveNation:

In early December, seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette announced that she will be embarking on a 31-date North American tour which kicks off June 2, 2020 in Portland, OR. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will celebrate 25 years of  JAGGED LITTLE PILL.  Morissette will be playing all her biggest hits along the way, and she'll be joined by special guests GRAMMY nominated Alt Band Garbage, and GRAMMY nominated Indie singer/songwriter Liz Phair.  All three acts will perform at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC on Sunday 6/21 and Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC on 6/23.   Click for more details...

Mipso - The Unlikely Story Of A Band With A Lot To Like

Dec 1, 2019

From Southern Songs and Stories Producer and WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick: "The band Mipso never anticipated being as successful or as long-lived as they became. It is a band that mandolin player Jacob Sharp called unlikely, because none of the members studied music when they met in college at UNC-Chapel Hill, and none of them thought music was going to be a career -- nothing beyond their initial love of other bands, and of playing together.

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Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

On this podcast of Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, learn how the much beloved musician, writer, photographer, singer-songwriter, songcatcher and television personality David Holt came to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina from Santa Barbara, California.

NPR's Shankar Vedantam
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WNCW’s new music podcast features songs from artists Marco Benevento, Kacy & Clayton, Billy Strings and Allah-Las. In the segment “DJ For A Day” host Joe Kendrick talks with NPR’s Shankar Vedantam about how our brains are so geared towards music, and in our “Segue Of The Show”, you get a goth classic from Siouxsie and the Banshees paired with the latest from Angel Olsen. 

 

 

Frances Figart, Director of Creative Services for the Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA), appeared on WNCW's Friday Feature to talk about her organization.  Frances discussed the groups history, the beauty of the Smoky Mountains and her writing and editing of the biannual journal, "Smokies Life."   The program first aired on Nov. 22, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of More to the Story- WNCW's Paul Foster, Senior Producer, News Director, and

Friday Feature: Make It - Don't Buy It

Nov 30, 2019

Guest on this episode of 'More To The Story' is Political Reporter for WFAE Public Radio, Charlotte - Steve Harrison.  Harrison talked about state judges who rejected state legislative voting district maps in North Carolina before that matter had moved forward.  In a second discussion, Harrison goes over Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden and how he declines to follow holding immigrants in custody as wanted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  This interview originally aired Nov. 13, 2019.

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