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Martin Anderson

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 began volunteering for the University of Delaware’s WXDR/WVUD eclectic overnight and morning mixes in 1989. Upon graduating with an American History degree, he moved to Eugene, Oregon, 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 listener requests, events of the day, and our beautiful Southern Appalachian landscape. As Music Director, he books our live sessions, and keeps in touch with the record labels and promoters that send us new music. When not at the station, he enjoys gardening, hiking, traveling, history, and raising his daughter on good music and more.

  • With her honest, emotional lyrics, here equally honest, emotional vocal delivery, and her wonderful band of Matt Smith (pedal steel and electric guitars), Rick Cooper (bass/vocals), Evan Martin (drums/vocals), and Kevin Williams (keys/vocals), it’s no wonder Amanda Anne Platt has kept Asheville in the national music spotlight these past dozen or so years. Get to know this new one on Mule Kick Records, which will be officially released on August 9th.
  • Jeff Tweedy and Wilco are big fans of the LP: the “long play”, full album release of a dozen or so songs that capture some semblance of where they’re at at the time of recording, whether with an actual theme, or just a vibe. So it’s a bit unusual to see a new EP of just 6 songs, which are previously unreleased tracks from the Cousins sessions. There’s a bit of a summertime theme here. Enjoy!
  • Do you remember Madeleine Peyroux’s wondrous 2004 classic Careless Love, which evoked the Parisian streets where she came of age as a singer, and seamlessly blended originals alongside sublime covers from the likes of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen? Well she’s back with her 9th studio album, and back in top form, with themes on this album ranging from the confessional to the political, from whimsy to yearning. In every note, Peyroux digs deep, making for another sensuous, sinewy, deeply rich release.
  • Introducing some soul-jazz-funk musicians that may need no introduction: guitarist Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), organist Robert Walter (The Greyboy Allstars), bassist Chris Stillwell (The Greyboy Allstars), and drummer Zak Najor (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and formerly Greyboy Allstars). They first met in the UK in 1996, and have played with each other in various formations over the years since. Now we have this official collaboration of 8 great grooves, courtesy of Color Red Records, released on July 26th.
  • Peak of the Week
    It can be a workout trying to keep up with Americana’s most prolific songwriter! But for those who’ve lost count this is his 37th, and it’s filled with 11 wonderful new originals, performed by the band he’s been out on tour with lately. That tour recently included MerleFest (his “Favorite Place”?) and SkunkFest in our area. This new one is out on Sky Crunch Records, and destined to be an Americana favorite at year’s end.
  • We’ve enjoyed getting to know this rural Ontario singer/songwriter for the past 6 or so years, especially with her latest album, Down Rounder. Her songs seek the connection between our spiritual center and the natural world that surrounds us. “Connecting with the natural environment around me inspired a lot of these songs, and sonically I feel like this record is very grounded as a result,” Clyde says. She has a few rare appearances in the States this week: Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th at Rare Bird Farm outside Hot Springs, then FloydFest in Virginia; otherwise you’ll have to head to Canada or Europe!
  • The bassist for Acoustic Syndicate and other area acts has this to say about his first solo album: “This record has been years—even decades—in the making, with some compositions dating as far back as 1994. It is at once a meditation on impermanence and an exploration of my motivations and influences as an artist. Seven original compositions are accompanied by a tone poem dedicated to the Voyager spacecraft. My music is animated by my immensely talented friends and collaborators including Zack Page, Steve Alford, Jacob Rodriguez, Justin Ray, Evan Martin, Tyler Housholder, Casey Driessen, Julian Dreyer, and Clay Miller.” Jay celebrates the release of this album on Friday the 12th at AyurPrana Listening Room in Asheville, and we’re excited to host him and band in Studio B the day before!
  • We’ve gotten to know Nicholas these past few years thanks to his radio show (and podcast) American Songcatcher, a roots music history program. He’s also a fine interpreter of music himself, and has a solo album of rearranged traditional material coming this fall, called Rags, Folks & Blues, Oh My! We welcome him to Studio B a couple days before his performance with Hannah Kaminer at the Sanctuary Series at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Asheville on Friday the 12th. (Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Transylvania county chapter of Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program.)
  • They’ve become international stars lately, and this year they play some of the most coveted stages in the country: Colorado’s Red Rocks, L.A.’s Greek Theatre, NYC’s Madison Square Garden, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. But we still remember their 2010 debut jazz-folk CD in a two-tone cardboard sleeve, and gigs at smaller venues like the Flat Rock Music Festival and the WNCW Air Studio… They’ve always been quite the tight, collaborative band, and this time they’ve perhaps gelled even further, by writing together in drummer Mike Calabrese’s Vermont home. “In the past we’d written pieces of songs and shared them with each other and built them up from there, but we always had the space to listen and reflect in total privacy,” details singer Rachael Price. “At first it was terrifying to write together in the same room, but as soon as we got started it felt so fun. We very quickly realized, ‘Oh, we need to do this again and again.’”
  • We’ve got the band’s 4th studio record, courtesy of Stax/Concord/Fantasy Records. Produced by Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Bon Iver, Kevin Morby) it blends both sides of Rateliff’s immense talent: emotionally potent, vivid storytelling and the rugged, R&B revivalism that has powered the band to worldwide acclaim over the past decade.