Peak Of The Week™

Thursdays at 8pm

A new release - handpicked by WNCW's Programming Staff - is sampled throughout Ross O'Neal's Music Mix on Thursday evenings.

This week during Peak of the Week, we'll check out the latest studio record by Parson Red Heads, Lifetime of Comedy. It's a terrific Cosmic Americana album and the first release of new recordings since the band’s 2017 album Blurred Harmony.

This Portland, Oregon band packs a lot into their album including dreams and self-reflection. The music features vocal melodies and harmonies, Cosmic Americana and folk rock, and new elements of their sound. They use synths, organs, and mellotrons to build a musical experience.

Peak of the Week 8/31: Offa Rex "The Queen Of Hearts"

Aug 25, 2017

Colin Meloy of the Decemberists heard English singer Olivia Chaney’s 2015 debut album and invited her to open for the band on a tour where he would continually drop hints about a future collaboration. A few months later she found herself in Portland with the Decemberists and producer Tucker Martine, cutting this album of mostly traditional British folk.

Dan Auerbach – Waiting On a Song – This latest solo project from the Black Keys’ frontman has the catchiest hooks yet! And collaborations from a variety of greats like John Prine & Kenny Vaughan.

Enter to win a copy of Dan Auerbach's new release.

WNCW New Tunes and Giveaways

Jun 29, 2017

How many new artists have you discovered while listening to WNCW? We are proud to incorporate new tunes and artists into our daily music mix.

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.

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!

Todd Snider's latest project is this collaboration with Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) on bass, Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) on guitar, Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi) on keys, and Duane Trucks (Col. Bruce Hampton) on drums.  They're hard rocking guys here with covers of Hayes Carll, Randy Newman, Will Kimbrough, Kevn Kinney, and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.  Join them this Thursday night as Brad plays tunes from this brand new release all through the evening! 

In one of the more surprising collaborations of late, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has teamed up with Norah Jones.  Equally surprising is the material they decided to focus on: standards of The Everly Brothers canon -- some of their darker, more powerful songs.  And as fate would have it Phil Everly passed away on the 3rd of this month, age 74.  In what may have been his final interview just weeks before his death, Phil gave his approval for the project: “In the beginning of rock & roll, there was always innovation.

After a quarter-century of turning out great Americana roots-rock, Greg Keelor, Jim Cuddy and the rest of Blue Rodeo return with this, their 11th album.  The Toronto band's latest is perhaps a little more contemplative and introspective than their previous releases -- perfect for a Thursday winter's night? 

We are honored to be able to bring you one of THE live concerts of the year, in its entirety.  This is the 25th anniversary of Warren's tradition of gathering great musicians together in his hometown to raise funds for Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity, so he's once again got two nights of the Christmas Jam.  Thus the annual "Pre-Jam" makes a rare Thursday night appearance.  It began 15 years ago when Warren and a few others (heard of Susan Tedeschi?  Derek Trucks?  Little Milton?) jammed live in Studio B, and has evolved into