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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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

"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.