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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Reflections on his teenage past are the lyrical theme on this new one, and he’s known for drawing on retro styles of early rockabilly and R&B, but Waterhouse also sounds as fresh and modern as ever.

This week on New Tunes at Two we'll explore four new releases.

Monday: David Gray – Skellig
A rather sparse, lush, warm mood from Wales’ Gray, inspired by the sparse, rugged, cold landscape of the rocky islands off of Ireland.

Tuesday: Andrew Marlin – Fable & Fire, and Witching Hour
Mandolin Orange’s mandolinist has released two all instrumental, all acoustic albums this month. Fable & Fire was recorded at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studios.

Indie-folk, vintage pop, and maybe a little glam-rock make their way into the exploration of self-doubt, sexuality, and identity in Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!, the newest album by Aaron Lee Tasjan.

Join us for Peak of the Week this Thursday night beginning at 8pm, when Ross will feature this album as part of the music mix.

John Doyle
Cathy Peterson Doyle

Tune in to “Celtic Winds” on Sunday as we bring you our recent Studio B session with guitarist and singer John Doyle. The internationally revered Irish musician, a founding member of Solas who has had a wonderful career as a solo artist, collaborator, and producer the past couple of decades, visited Roland here on January 21st. It happened to be his 50th birthday! Also the 20th anniversary of moving from Ireland to the USA; he’s called Asheville home for most of those years. Join Tom Fellenbaum for “Celtic Winds” at Noon, and John Doyle with Roland at 1pm.

Clint Roberts grew up in Brevard – perhaps some of us saw him as a teenager in a band called Fox Fire? He’s now living in Asheville, and has a wonderful album called Rose Songs that was recorded in Nashville, to be released on Feb. 26th. We get an early preview of some of the songs when Roland Dierauf (a fellow Brevardian!) interviews Clint this Thursday.

Tonight's Peak of the Week feature disk will be Ghost Funk Orchestra's An Ode to Escapism. It's a lush, sexy, soulful psychedelic concept album that explores your greatest fears and other unknown realms lurking in your subconscious. Colemine Records recommends you listen to this one in the dark…

Join us by streaming online starting at 8pm. Just click the listen live button at the top of the page!

Carly Taich outside standing beside fence, reaching up to a tree limb
Photo: Shonie Joy Kuykendall

Like many musicians, Asheville “folk-pop” singer and songwriter Carly Taich has taken a break from writing and performing. But hers predated the 2020 pandemic by a year or so, and she’s now released a lush, beautiful EP devoted to finding love again. Get to know her when she visits Studio B with Martin Anderson Monday morning.

John Doyle
Cathy Peterson Doyle

We’re pleased to announce that one of our favorite guitarists is returning to Studio B, and on his 50th birthday!! John is also celebrating 30 years here in the U.S. (after his first 20 in his native Ireland), and has been busy lately with performances of all sorts this past year, despite the pandemic.

We’re pleased to announce that one of our favorite soulful voices these days has moved to our area! Seth Walker is now hanging out around Asheville. We’re also pleased to announce he’ll be live in Studio B the day before the release of his new book (and accompanying acoustic album), “Your Van is On Fire: The Miscellaneous Meanderings of a Musician”

Sarah Siskind released her richly layered album Modern Appalachia last Spring, which featured support from the likes of Bill Frisell, Justin Vernon, Mike Seal & Jeff Sipe. It ranked #48 in WNCW’s Top 100 of 2020. She returns to Studio B for a live session with (fellow Brevardian) Roland Dierauf.