Poster celebrating a Christmas Concert that will benefit Habitat For Humanity in Asheville, NC
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Holidaze For Habitat - A WNCW Musical Event to Raise Funds For Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity

For many years WNCW staff members in Spindale, North Carolina have made it a top priority to work with the Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity - a local non-profit with a simple idea: To envision a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Traditionally, WNCW has worked with Warren Haynes and his Christmas Jam and Pre-Jam concert events that have helped raise funds that directly provide families with a process allowing them to help build their own home and make their own mortgage...

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Featured Music Podcasts

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

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. If Mipso is an unlikely band, it is also...

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Live Thursday, November 21st between 11am & Noon

Maya DeVitry spent 7 years as a member of the Stray Birds, before launching a solo career this year with her own album, and now another one set for 2020 release. Anna Tivel has four full-length albums out on Portland’s well-loved Fluff & Gravy Records, with her latest considered " one of the most ambitious folk records of 2019" by NPR . Together they play Carrboro, NC on Tuesday, and West Asheville, NC on Thursday.

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NEW TUNES AT 2: Check 'em out with Joe Greene during the 2pm Music Mix

Monday, November 18th

The Deer – Do No Harm

Tuesday, November 19th

Steep Canyon Rangers - North Carolina Songbook

Wednesday, November 20th

Van Morrison - Three Chords & The Truth

Thursday, November 21st

Chris Luquette - The Way I View The World

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

Thursday, November 21st - Billy Strings – Home

This year’s IBMA New Artist AND Guitar Player of the Year, certainly one of the leaders in the progressive bluegrass movement.

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Interviews and local features.

World Cafe Looks Back: Elvis Costello

Oct 10, 2011

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

World Cafe Looks Back: The Beatles

Oct 7, 2011

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

World Cafe Looks Back: Guitar Greats

Oct 5, 2011

Over the years, World Cafe has seen its share of guitar gods.

Elton John And Leon Russell On World Cafe

May 30, 2011

From his start with the band Bluesology in 1961, multi-award winner Elton John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) has time and time again proven himself to be one of the most iconic singer-songwriters of our day. Rising to international fame by the 1970's with the hit "Your Song," Elton has since released an overwhelming number of studio albums, many of which have climbed their way to the top of the charts.

Chuck Brown On World Cafe

Feb 3, 2011

Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go music, died in 2012. A year earlier, he'd stopped by World Cafe to discuss his 50-plus-year career and his last album.

Mac Arnold & Friends INTERVIEW Pt1

Apr 28, 2010

Interview with Mac Arnold & Friends in Studio B on April 28, 2010.


Mar 4, 2010

Roland Dierauf's interview with The Watts in Studio B on March 4, 2010.

This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.