Martin Anderson

Music Director, Host

Eschewing his mother’s taste for easy listening music early on, Martin Anderson was raised on his dad’s love for jazz, his brother’s Beatles/classic rock LP’s, and the bluegrass and Top 40 radio of the D.C. area.  He played trombone all through high school, but upon starting college decided to spin the music of others instead, so he began volunteering for the University of Delaware’s WXDR/WVUD overnight and morning mixes.  He promptly put his B.A. in American History to use by moving to Eugene, Oregon, where he spent the 90’s working in natural foods, environmental causes, and above all, public radio. He hosted various folk, world, Triple-A, and other shows at KLCC, and started a “Miles of Bluegrass” show at KRVM.   After two years working underwriting sales and various music and public affairs programs at KHSU in Arcata, CA, Martin joined WNCW in 2001 as your weekday morning host.  He loves interviewing the many talented musicians who come to Studio B, stretching out with the many styles ‘NCW embraces, and reflecting the themes of listeners, events of the day, and our beautiful Southern Appalachian landscape.  As Music Director, he books our live sessions, keeps in touch with the record labels and promoters that send us new music, and programs various features heard throughout the week, from new music spotlights to The Spindale Cycle.  When not at the station, he enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, history, and raising his daughter on good music and more.    

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Ways to Connect

NC band Chatham County Line performed an online show for the “No Contact Concert Series” out of Hickory this past August, and WNCW was pleased to take part with one of the livestreams, and Martin Anderson hosting. Tune in for part of their great set on Monday afternoon, just past 1pm!

Mavis Staples I’ll Take You There: All-Star Concert Celebration – This birthday concert for Mavis includes Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, & the late Gregg Allman.

Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo – These two have each helped keep the blues alive, commercially at least, for the past couple of decades or more. They’ve worked together a bit in the past, but now they have a new studio collaboration and a big tour planned.

David Childers Run Skeleton Run – Mt. Holly/Charlotte has a true gem in David Childers. His latest album, with help from heavy-hitters like Don Dixon, Bob Crawford, Scott Avett, and his regular bandmates, has got to be his best collection in years. Hope you caught his great session in Studio B last Thursday!

Sample a new release each week during Peak of the Week on Thursday nights starting at 9:00pm.  

This week we feature Old Crow Medicine Show – 50 Years of Blonde On Blonde – You already figured Ketch and the guys in Old Crow were Dylan fans, especially with their “co-write” of his “Wagon Wheel.” But they immersed themselves further in his epic double-album, reworking arrangements and recording most of them live in Nashville to celebrate its 50th anniversary. 

The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" -- We wrap up our longtime tradition of Monday Spindale Cycles with what many consider the greatest rock album of all time. It was indeed the first rock LP to receive an Album of the Year Grammy, and is widely considered a first for concept albums, Art Rock, Progressive Rock, and the Album Era. June 1st marks the 50th anniversary of its release, and we’ll mark it as the kickoff to our 50th anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love, too (stay tuned for details on that!) 

David LaMotte in WNCW's Air Studio.
Mary Hughes

Black Mountain singer/songwriter David LaMotte joined Martin Anderson on 8/23 to debut songs from his intercontinentally influenced new release The Other Way Around. His CD Release Show is Friday, September 2nd in Asheville.

One of our favorite Americana songwriters, Guy Clark, passed away on May 17, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Martin Anderson got a chance to talk with him in his Nashville home in 2013, when his final album My Favorite Picture of You had recently been released. 

Martin Anderson and Jamie Laval in the air studio on December 16, 2015.
Joe Kendrick

Fiddler Jamie Laval is steeped in Scottish traditions and fiddle styles, and has a series of Christmas & Solstice in Scotland shows in Asheville, Charlotte, Lincolnton, & Tryon this month. He brought his fiddle to WNCW Wednesday the 16th for a discussion with Martin Anderson about holiday traditions in Orkney, Brittany, and other Celtic lands.