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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Clint Roberts grew up in Brevard – perhaps some of us saw him as a teenager in a band called Fox Fire? He’s now living in Asheville, and has a wonderful album called Rose Songs that was recorded in Nashville, to be released on Feb. 26th. We get an early preview of some of the songs when Roland Dierauf (a fellow Brevardian!) interviews Clint this Thursday.

John Doyle
Cathy Peterson Doyle

We’re pleased to announce that one of our favorite guitarists is returning to Studio B, and on his 50th birthday!! John is also celebrating 30 years here in the U.S. (after his first 20 in his native Ireland), and has been busy lately with performances of all sorts this past year, despite the pandemic.

Band members performing in Studio B
Photos by Kim Henson

One of our more recent Studio B revisits this week is this one from just last July, when Greenville's own Marcus King came by for his 2nd session with his band.

Wanna here the podcast of this session? Sure you do and here it is, just for you:

We've been fans of fellow North Carolinian Tift Merritt since her first album "Bramble Rose" back in 2002. This Studio B session we'll air from 2008 was recorded around the time her album "Another Country" came out in February of 2008.

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.

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