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Band members posing in Studio B
Vicki Dameron and Steve Bohn

"We've got a very cool Afrobeat session this week, with Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, said Host Kim Clark.

Female smiling sitting in production room of radio station WNCW
Vicki Dameron

"WNCW’s new music podcast features a number of Texans in this episode, ranging from all time WNCW favorites like Rodney Crowell to newcomers like Los Coast," said WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick. "We get to one of our go-to western North Carolina outfits as well, with Seth Kauffman’s band Floating Action. Plus, we drop in on several women artists who are new to the scene, with songs from Sunny War, Esther Rose and Madison Cunningham.

It's being called a one of a kind festival for the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It's the first annual Chow Chow Festival taking place in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina - September 12th-15th.  Chow Chow is a 501c non-profit organization - a culinary experience featuring great food, panel discussions, and chef demonstrations.  One of the leading chefs and organizers of the event, Katie Button, is our guest on the Friday Feature Interview of the Week from Sept. 6, 2019.

Alex knows how to combine some of the best area musicians, and also knows how to combine blues, rock, and folk into a compelling blend. They have an album release show for "Sleeping On the Woodlands" at Ambrose West in West Asheville on Sunday evening.

Dave Creaney

One of the hottest trios to come out of Austin, Texas - and that's saying somethin'! - Elana James, Whit Smith and Jake Erwin have played music “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent) since the mid-90's. They play The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC Tuesday night, and the Newberry, SC Opera House Thursday.

From Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark - "We'll listen to Rich Mahan and his band live in Studio B back in August playing songs off Rich's latest album, “Hot Chicken Wisdom” We'll also dive into some straight-ahead bluegrass with Jim and Lynna Woolsey, who played live for us during Goin' Across the Mountain, and the cherry on top of this show will be a sampling from a recent live session with the Felice Brothers, who were here recently in support of their new album "Undress.

A case that involved mistrust, fraud, expenditures, luxury benefits, and more by members of Buncombe County, NC that included top leaders, is reviewed up until the recent day of jail sentencing in U.S. District Court.  A series of interviews, going back over two years, with Asheville Citizen-Times Reporter- Jennifer Bowman provides all the scandalous details that involved former County Manager Wanda Greene, Assistant County Manager John Creighton, and others.   The interview first aired on September 4, 2019.

Beautiful View of Blue Ridge Mountains, trees and split rail fence
Vicki Dameron

Hear all about the Pisgah-Nantahala national forest draft management plan for the next 20 plus years, as this Friday Feature spotlights ECO Foresters in Western North Carolina with its Communications Director Lang Hornthal.  Lang also provides information on invasive species that try and take over the forests and what's known as The Sandy Mush Forest Restoration Project.  This interview aired August 30, 2019.

Vicki Dameron

The 2019-20 season marks the 21st season for The Foundation Performing Arts Center, located at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC.  Foundation Executive Director  Russell Wicker was guest on this edition of The Friday Feature to cover the season's guests appearing from September through April.  Learn about dates for such musical acts as The Drifters and Balsam Range and a dedication to Sir Paul with The McCartney Years.  This interview first aired August 23, 2019.

After Smoky Mountain News Holly Kays, Outdoors Editor and News Reporter, presented her story, "The Untold Story: Smokies Seeks to Showcase History of African-Americans in the Park" - we knew we had to have her on the program.  The National Park Service is helping to showcase this history. Holly covers the details during this edition of More to the Story from August 21, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of WNCW's More To The Story- Paul Foster, Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

It's time for the Mountain Song Festival and folks are gearing up for another incredible music event at one of the most popular venues in western North Carolina, the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. The lineup, as usual, is phenomenal. The host band is a WNCW fave, The Steep Canyon Rangers. The Grammy Award winning group calls "The Land of Waterfalls" home - and, to the delight of music lovers, they play multiple times during the festival. Yes. The amazing, full lineup for the three day event looks like this:

FRIDAY

Live Monday, September 9th between 11am & Noon: Si Kahn

Sep 3, 2019

Longtime Charlotte singer/songwriter Si Kahn is known worldwide for his songs supporting labor rights -- some two dozen at least. This past year, he received the Joe Hill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation, a recognition shared by Cesar Chavez, Hazel Dickens, Pete Seeger, & Utah Phillips among others.  He is also known for composing musical theatre ("Mother Jones in Heaven"), and collaborating recently with German bluegrass band The Looping Brothers. Si has a concert at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville with Joe Jencks this Sunday evening.

Not your momma's Argentinian bluegrass band... She didn't have one, did she?! Actually, this string band out of Argentina, Mexico, and North Carolina incorporates a lot of great Latin American styles into their shows as well as bluegrass and old-time, and we're excited to welcome to 'NCW for their first appearance. They play the Mountain Song Festival in Brevard on Saturday.

One of the most revered storyteller/singer/songwriters of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and one whom we've loved playing and hosting at WNCW since our first years, Michael Reno Harrell returns to Studio B before his Saturday show in Asheville and a number of assorted appearances throughout the South this Fall. Consider this one of our first mini-celebrations of the station's 30th anniversary! Perhaps he'll have some "Southern suggestions" for us....

Stacie Huckeba

She's received three Grammy nominations, seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards, and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Dolly Parton credits her with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." And we get to host her for a solo session in Studio B on Wednesday, before her show with her band in Asheville Thursday night!

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