WNCW's Music Mix with Roland Dierauf

Weekdays 3pm to 6pm

Roland Dierauf wanders everyday through the cultural landscape that informs contemporary music.  Starting with the roots of early blues and country, he says hello to their many quirky offspring -- bluegrass, rock, alt country, jazz, funk, international rhythms, and all the endless hybrids.  It's music as big and varied and delightful as the people who make it.  Be a part of it, weekday afternoons on WNCW.

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Greenville, SC is the hometown of this singer/songwriter, whose debut full-length 11:11 ranked #23 in WNCW's Top 100 of 2018! She plays regularly throughout the Upstate (including Greenville and Simpsonville this week), and has a show at Free Range Brewing in Charlotte on Friday night.

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
John Gessner

Two of our favorite albums of the last couple years have been from Chapel Hill's Sarah Shook: 2017 Sidelong, and 2018's Years. If you can imagine someone inspired most by the Sex Pistols, Hank Williams, Nikki Lane, & Elliott Smith, that's Sarah and her band. They play the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Thursday night.

Seth Walker
Zack Smith

We've enjoyed following Seth Walker's Americana/blues career these past 15 years, and we really like the direction he's taken on this new album Are You Open? He plays The Rooster's Wife in Aberdeen on Valentine's Day (awwww) and Free Range Brewing in Charlotte on Friday.

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Irene Young

Twice a winner of the esteemed Scottish National Fiddle Championship, Alasdair Fraser is known as "the Michael Jackson of Scottish fiddling": what more needs to be said? Natalie Haas grew up in California and fell in love with Celtic music in middle school, and has worked with the likes of Altan, Solas, & Natalie MacMaster, as well as Mark O'Connor. The two have been forging a dynamic union of music for some 18 years now. "While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly.

After playing in Backyard Tire Fire, which was based out of Asheville before moving to Illinois a number of years ago, Edward David Anderson has been focusing on his solo career, which has culminated in his 2017 release Chasing Butterflies, a terrific (in our opinion) collection of autobiographical tunes. He's in the area for Friday night's WinterSkunk Music Festival in Greer, which will also include Sugarcane Jane and Caleb Caudle.

"Like fusing the Jackie Brown soundtrack, the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and Sticky Fingers together." That's a good way to describe this soul/R&B/rock band with a BIG sound, performing at Snug Harbor in Charlotte Friday night, and the 8th Annual Chase Away the Blues fundraiser at Tryon Fine Arts Center in Tryon on Saturday. Roland will chat with them in the studio and spin a couple tunes from their great album from last year.

Daniel Romano Live Tuesday, January 29th between 3 & 4pm

Jan 28, 2019

With a brand new album of songs on New West Records called Finally Free, Daniel Romano and band returns to WNCW for his third visit, before a show at The Mothlight in West Asheville Tuesday night with T. Hardy Morris. The Ontario indie-rocker, perhaps as eclectic as he is eccentric, wears multiple hats: Romano is also known as a record producer, top-notch leatherworker, and Juno Award-winning graphic designer.

Western Centuries Live Thursday, January 3rd at 3pm

Jan 2, 2019

One of our favorite new honky-tonk/rock bands, Western Centuries, returns to the area for a Thursday evening show at Pisgah Brewery in Black Mountain. Cahalen Morrison, Jim Miller, and Ethan Lawton form the core of this group, and Roland will hang out with them Thursday afternoon as we kick off another new year of live music in Studio B!

Slocan Ramblers Live Friday August 24th between 4 and 5pm

Aug 20, 2018

They're one of our favorite new Appalachian-inspired stringbands, and they're from Toronto, Ontario! The Slocan Ramblers' latest album Queen City Jubilee has fast become one of our favorites of the year, and they are in the area for this weekend's Jam in the Trees in Black Mountain.

Among the new-to-us names of 2018 for WNCW's music roster is Hannah Gill, a 20-year-old singer mostly from Maryland and NYC (though born in NC), with a booming voice and nice blend of soul, blues, and 70's-inspired lo-fi pop. Let's get to know her and her duomate (guitarist/songwriter/arranger Brad Hammonds) Thursday afternoon before their show at Ambrose West in West Asheville that evening. 

Read more about Hannah Gill and The Hours.

We enjoyed getting to know Brooklyn's great Afrobeat band Super Yamba when they visited Studio B in 2017. Now they've teamed up with Benin's Leon Ligan-Majek, a.k.a. Kaleta, who fronts this otherwise all-instrumental ensemble. Kaleta spent his teen years in Nigeria, playing with both Fela Kuti AND King Sunny Ade, the two greatest legends of Nigerian Afrobeat music. It's a mighty big sound, filling up Studio B and then The Mothlight in West Asheville Wednesday night.

Matt Fassas Live Thursday, July 26th between 3 & 4pm

Jul 23, 2018
Matt Fassas
Nathan Gray / http://www.mattfassas.fourfour.com

Matt Fassas moved from Eastern Kentucky to the South Carolina Upstate in 2008, and has become a new "Local Color" favorite of ours thanks to the host of that Monday evening program, Renee Denton. The singer/songwriter/guitarist taps into blues, classic rock, folk, and even the classical and jazz guitar work he studied in college. He's at Isis in West Asheville Thursday night, followed by a string of Greenville and other area shows. 

The National Reserve
https://www.thenationalreserve.com/photos

"With the windows open and light streaming in, it felt as though the unflappable soundtrack of a summer day had joined the small, frenzied landscape of microphones and wires that had been planted all over the room." Experience this Brooklyn-based Americana rock band live on Monday afternoon. If only Studio B had windows! They play Knoxville on the 24th, and then FloydFest.

Learn more about The National Reserve here.

River Whyless Live Wednesday, July 18th between 3 and 4pm

Jul 16, 2018

One of our favorite bands of late -- local or otherwise -- happens to have a couple days off around home, and Ryan O'Keefe, Halli Anderson, Alex McWalters, & Daniel Shearin have offered to spend part of the day with us in Studio B. They've got a terrific collection of timely songs on Kindness, A Rebel. 

It's the music of Uncle Walt's Band, Spartanburg's legendary group that is often heralded as a cornerstone of today's Americana music genre, this Friday. David Ball, Warren Hood, Marshall Hood & friends have been jamming together lately, and they play at the FR8Yard in downtown Spartanburg (125 E. Main St.) both Friday and Saturday nights.

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