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

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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.

Live Friday, November 15th between 1 & 2pm: Young Mister

Nov 11, 2019

We had no idea who Young Mister was when we got his new CD "Sudden Swoon" a few weeks ago, but were instantly impressed with the songs and their arrangements from the first listen. Turns out he's Steven Fiore of Tryon, who had an 8-year stint writing for Universal Music Publishing Group, collaborations with artists including Art Garfunkel and Courtney Marie Andrews, and what sounds like a terrific home studio where this was recorded! He performs a solo session here Friday afternoon before a show Saturday night in Tryon, and a number of other cities throughout the South this month.

Live Wednesday, November 13th between 1 & 2pm: Lula Wiles

Nov 11, 2019
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The trio of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin is rooted in folk traditions honed together in Maine, and at Boston's Berklee School of Music before that. Their online bio sums up their mission as perpetating "the people’s practice of sharing their communities’ struggles through songs. The band exists in the tense space where tradition and revolution meet, from which their harmonies rise into the air to create new American music." They play The Grey Eagle in Asheville on Wednesday, then Bristol, VA on Thursday.

Jesse Kitt

The wonderfully innovative world jazz trio out of Asheville (from left: River Guergarian, Chris Rosser, and Eliot Wadopian) has a new album called "Pursuit", and a release show this Friday at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville. Like their previous works, it explores a variety of musical cultures, and the universal language of sound they share in common.

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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.

Vicki Dameron

Kim Clark says we'll dive into some some classic Texas swing this week as she features music from a recent session with the Hot Club of Cowtown. The band members just released their 11th album, Wild Kingdom. We'll also hear from Charlotte, North Carolina based singer/songwriter Si Kahn who moved south in the sixties, from his native Pennsylvania, to be a part of the civil rights movement. He'll share his music and his strong voice for equality on Studio B Rewind this Sunday evening at 7pm Enjoy!


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The organization Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina joined WNCW for this edition of The Friday Feature Interview of the Week on Nov. 1, 2019. The battle to prevent and decrease statistics of child abuse in this state is a top priority.  President and CEO for the group, Sharon Hirsch was interviewed about this, as she also talked about a new public awareness campaign. Preventable measures can not cease in the life of a child.

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Asheville Citizen Times Reporter- Jennifer Bowman has been following and writing about a grievance allegation by Asheville Fire Department Division Chief, Joy Ponder.  At the time of this interview, presented Oct. 3o, 2019, Bowman shared that Ponder's allegations would not be moving forward involving the Civil Service Board.  Listen to this 'More To The Story' to hear the full details, including Ponder's side of the story and response by the city. 

Promo for David Gray 2020 Tour
Live Nation

Exciting News From Live Nation:

Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated, British singer-songwriter David Gray has announced plans for a 2020 North American tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his seminal album, WHITE LADDER.

Collage by Kim Clark

Check out our New Releases on WNCW! You can access the New Releases under the Programming Tab on our home page, or click on the title above, and then click here: New Releases - You can access iTunes on the page and take a listen. We hope you enjoy the music!

David McClister

We look forward to getting to know this Nashville-based old time string band that brings a lot of passion to some of the best Georgia and Tennessee fiddle tunes. The Hogsloppers are Kevin Martin on fiddle, Daniel Binkley on banjo, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, and Casey "Pickle" McBride on the washtub bass. They play White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, and Barley's of Knoxville on Sunday.

This East Nashville songwriter (formerly from NJ and VA) confronts a number of topics with wisdom and humor on his new album Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs. “I try to write things that make me chuckle, and that chuckling is usually making peace with the existential dilemma of both the times and life in general,” Bradbury says. He visits with Martin in Studio B Friday morning in between shows at the Grey Eagle in Asheville Thursday night, and the Evening Muse in Charlotte Friday night.

Musicians playing music and having fun in Studio B
Vicki Dameron

Our Studio B Rewind Host and WNCW Producer Kim Clark is gonna take a look back this weekend at two super cool sessions we recorded this year in September - one features a local and revered singer/songwriter and storyteller who is a longtime friend of WNCW, Michael Reno Harrell.  She'll also share beautiful music from Asheville, North Carolina's Alex Krug Combo. The band was here to celebrate the release of the group's new EP  Sleeping In The Woodlands. It's all here on Listener-Powered, Grassroots Radio - WNCW - 88.7 FM  and streaming online at

Musicians Greg Greenway and Reggie Harris are known for traveling across the country and performing songs that deal with race in America.  Greg is white.  Reggie is African-American.  They have a unique relationship that has enabled them to write and share passionate songs on the topic of race-relations.  Called "Deeper Than The Skin" A Musical Presentation on Race in America, the program and concert comes to Tryon on Nov. 13th.  Guest of this Friday Feature is Robin Edgar, writer and workshop facilitator, an organizer of the program.

We have joined a growing number of big fans of Louisiana singer/songwriter Dylan LeBlanc, especially since his 2016 album "Cautionary Tale." His 4th and latest release Renegade is only increasing his popularity, and we are eager to welcome him back to Studio B before he heads up to Asheville, NC for a show at The Mothlight.