Peak Of The Week™

Thursdays at 9pm
  • Hosted by Ross O'Neal

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

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

One of the best singer/songwriters keeping the artform's flame lit these days is this native of Banner Elk, NC.  He's been in Seattle for a few years now, but as you can see and will hear over the course of Thursday evening, he has not left his WNC roots.  Mojo Magazine gives this latest from him 4 stars.  Tune in to hear why more and more are discovering Barton Carroll

Amos Lee's insightful songwriting and soulful vocals are as strong as ever on this, his fifth release.  He moves in more of an Americana direction on this one, which was in fact recorded in Nashville, and features a number of local heavyweights like Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, and Patty Griffin.  No question his soul, jazz, and rock influences will come through in our eclectic Thursday night mix too, though! 

He grew up in Sweden, the son of a jazz drummer.  But Osborne has been one of our favorite New Orleans-based  blues-rock guitarists and singer-songwriters of the last 10 or more years, and this new one on Alligator Records quickly became a staff favorite around here.  Intensely passionate one moment, emotionally fragile the next, Peace is his most multi-dimensional and honest snapshot to date. 

Who else but Bob Dylan could release TEN volumes (and counting) of "bootleg" studio/stage recordings, and each one full of great material?  This one is centered around Self-Portrait (various folk and traditional songs) and New Morning (one of his best, under-recognized albums), but also includes outtakes & such from Nashville Skyline and work with The Band.  Check out the fine accompaniment too, from the likes of David Bromberg, Al Kooper, and George Harrison.  Brad will fit as many of these 35 songs as he can into your Thursday night mix.

They've made great music with their own respective bands (Medeski, Martin & Wood, and King Johnson), but for the last 8 or so years Chris and Oliver Wood have "reunited" for a trio with percussionist Jano Rix.  This new one, produced by Buddy Miller, is without a doubt a Top 10 favorite of ours here at 'NCW.  Jazzy honky tonk gospel blues throughout this Thursday evening, courtesy of The Wood Brothers!

Check out Neko Case's first couple records, and you might consider her a honky-tonk/country singer.  She actually got her start playing drums in a punk band.  ....No wonder we love her.  Case's latest album comes following a series of rough spots, including the loss of both parents, and a grandmother she was even closer to.  And then there's the mother she overheard in the Honululu airport.... This new one has been getting a tidal wave of great reviews, as both her strongest and her strangest.