WNCW's Music Mix with Martin Anderson

Weekdays at 9am

Martin mixes up music from Bluegrass, Jazz, Jam bands, Singer/Songwriters, Blues, and Celtic genres to give you a crossroads of music that you won't hear anywhere else on the radio.

Features throughout his music block include:

  • Birthday/Anniversary spotlights of musicians you know, or didn’t know you knew
  • “Ten O'Clock Doc” tribute to Doc Watson Mondays at 10AM
  • Art Break at 11:30AM
  • NPR Headlines at the top of each hour
  • Occasional interviews & performances from touring artists

Lover's Leap Live Friday, March 8th between 11am & Noon

Mar 1, 2019

Billy Cardine & Mary Lucey (Acoustic Syndicate and the Biscuit Burners) have teamed up with Joel Timmons and Shelby Means (Sol Driven Train, Sally & George and Della Mae) to form Lovers Leap, named after the rock outcrop in Hot Springs where they first played together. On Friday they play Asheville, and on Saturday they play Johnson City (which kind of rhymes with Jon Stickley....coincidence?)

Martin Anderson caught up with one of WNCW's favorite bands -- their album "Free Yourself Up" ranked #17 in our Top 100 of 2018 -- in Charlotte recently. Tune in for a chat with Rachael, Bridget, Mike, McDuck, and Akie, and three brand new songs they recorded on stage there during a lil' WNCW soundcheck party!

Learn more about Lake Street Dive.

Chicago blues band Frank Bang & the Cook County Kings sent us a great record a couple years ago, that included a song cowritten by Black Mountain's own Dan Johnston. Frank has some history playing with Buddy Guy, and Frank Bang and the Secret Stash are now coming through the area, for a show at Pisgah Brewery Friday night.

Neyla Pekarak
Andrew Kelly

The cellist, vocalist, and pianist for The Lumineers is currently on tour for her solo project Rattlesnake, about an eccentric Colorado sharpshooter who had a run-in with rattlesnakes in the 1920's. A self-described "super-nerd", Neyla says “Even in my introduction to the Lumineers, I had listened to so little mainstream music at that point in my life. I was really into musical theater and vocal jazz and things that weren’t necessarily cool. I’ve definitely felt like an impostor most of the time." She'll be in good company with us here!

The Devil Makes Three
Jay Westcott

This Americana group blends folk, blues, ragtime, & rock. Or as they are described on their website, "the band nods to the revolutionary unrest of author James Baldwin, the no-holds barred disillusionment of Ernest Hemingway, and Southern Gothic malaise of Flannery O’Connor." Their tour takes them through the South this week with shows that include Asheville on Thursday, and Knoxville on Saturday.

Congrats to the Rangers for ranking #3 in WNCW's Top 100 of 2018! (in good company with the likes of John Prine and Jason Isbell.) And all of the great successes these boys from Brevard and Asheville have experienced the past few years couldn't happen to nicer guys. We welcome them back to their home radio station in advance of their Asheville show Saturday the 19th (with Hiss Golden Messenger!)

One of Western NC's favorite bands, whether it's string bands, Americana acts, or great original songwriting. Tellico's new release "Woven Waters" arrived as an extra-early Christmas present to us at WNCW, and listeners' voted it into the Top 10 of 2018. Tune in as Martin talks with Anya, Stig, Aaron, and Jed. Their album release show (with John Doyle) is Friday the 18th at the Grey Eagle in Asheville (not Saturday as was previously written -- apologies for the error).

Rod is a Rutherford County native, now living in Winston-Salem, with a new double-disc recorded in Charlotte. Wyatt has extensive experience in Nashville's music scene, as an executive with the likes of Keith Urban and Paul Thorn, which probably adds to his reputation as a great storyteller. They both are accomplished singer-songwriters and acoustic guitarists, and they both perform Wednesday evening at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall.

Brushfire Stankgrass Wednesday, August 22nd, 11-11:30 am

Aug 21, 2018

In our 2nd "Wicked Wednesday" Barrel-House Session from Wicked Weed Brewing's Funkatorium in Asheville, Martin Anderson talks with the band Brushfire Stankgrass, who's back and has some new songs to share with us -- including a great new state anthem for NC!

Elonzo Wesley Live Friday August 24th between 11am & Noon

Aug 20, 2018

Named after frontman Jeremy Davis' father, this Charlotte band was formerly more of an indie rock band under the name Elonzo. Davis now performs with a string band. After Studio B Friday morning, they head to CLT's Live on the Green for an evening with Front Country. They also play Boone on Saturday, and Saluda, NC on Thursday the 30th.

Read more about Elonzo Wesley.

Western NC's bluegrass/Americana collective is back with another collection of great new songs. Charles Humphrey III, Mark Schimick, Sam Wharton, Ryan Cavanaugh, & James Schlender come on by Studio B for a live session while having some "downtime" at home. Their next local show is Saturday the 25th in Boone.

Jeff Sipe's little big band with Mike Barnes at Wicked Weed's Funkatorium
Photo by Joe Kendrick

This past weekend, our staff were on site at Wicked Weed's Funkatorium in downtown Asheville.  As part of the Barrell House Sessions, Jeff Sipe's Little Big Band with Mike Barnes performed.  WNCW was a media sponsor.  Tune into 88.7FM on Wednesday, July 25 during the 12 noon hour for the broadcast of this live session.

This is the first concert as part of the Barrell House Sessions.  Stay tuned for details on more shows that will be part of this series.

The Honeycutters are playing a few southeast gigs this month, including the Salvage Station in Asheville on Friday, before spending August and September in Europe. Amanda stops by to update us on the latest, including some brand new material, most likely. Nice sticker on their van, by the way; we've got some if you need any...

Jim Lauderdale Live Friday, July 6th at 11am

Jun 28, 2018

Jim's got both a 1979 bluegrass collaboration with Roland White, AND a brand new studio album called "Time Flies", both set for release on August 3rd. He's been pretty much the hardest working man in Americana music these past many years, and if you have a hard time keeping up with all that he's up to, you're not alone. But he happens to have a free half-day or so in our area, which is also his home turf, so we are fortunate to have him in for a quick session in Studio B. Welcome back, Jim!

Reverend Freakchild Live Monday, June 25th at 11am

Jun 25, 2018

This reverend is on a mostly radio station tour currently, including Studio B for songs from his new album "Dial It In".  The Reverend Freakchild grew up in Hawaii, holds a degree in philosophy and religion from Northeastern University in Boston and now currently resides in Colorado pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree at Naropa University.  He continues to perform and preach saying, "Music is my religion. Through song I seek transcendence!"

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