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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The Decemberists -- "I'll Be Your Girl"

Jimi Hendrix -- "Both Sides of the Sky"

John Prine -- "The Tree of Forgiveness"

Margo Price -- "All American Made"

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats -- "Tearing at the Seams"

Steep Canyon Rangers -- "Out in the Open"

The Wood Brothers -- "One Drop of Truth"

Two great musicians take the stage in West Asheville Wednesday evening, and we're excited to bring you a preview with both of them that afternoon. Phoebe Hunt showcased her great Texas/Americana jazz and swing foundation with the Belleville Outfit earlier this decade, and now she breaks out on her own with a new sound, inspired by some intensive study time in India. Dori Freeman impressed us with her first full-length album last year, and it sounds like her great Galax, Virginia foundation continues to show on her forthcoming album, too.

Nick Moss
Michael Heeschen

Let's kick off September with a blast of live blues! We will be live on the air with the Nick Moss Band from Charlotte's Neighborhood Theatre on Friday, September 1.  Moss explains his band's passion: "While modern and progressive blues has been an element to explore and incorporate into our shows, everything we do is based on traditional blues. Blues is first and foremost an American African art form and is America's gift to the world. Whether or not people realize it or acknowledge it, the root of all popular music goes back to the blues.”

FUNK RUSH Live Friday, August 18th at 3pm

Aug 16, 2017

This Charlotte band has their full-length debut release coming out on the 18th, and they'll celebrate with a return to Studio B. The Funk Rush is Scott Newell on guitar and bass, Donté Forsythe on drums, Rob Bowser on keyboards,  and Michael Pressley on trumpet (and whistling).

*Cancelled* DAVID OLNEY Live Friday, August 11th at 3pm

Aug 3, 2017

Emmylou Harris, Tim O'Brien, Del McCoury, James King....these are just a few of the respected singers and songwriters who have covered this Nashville songwriter's great work over the years. His latest LP Don't Try to Fight It is yet another favorite of ours here at WNCW.

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.

SUPER YAMBA BAND Live Thursday, June 22nd at 3pm

Jun 19, 2017

This psychedelic Afro-funk/Afro-beat band from Brooklyn was part of the All Go West Festival in West Asheville last weekend, and they return to the area for a show of their own at Pisgah Brewery in Black Mountain on Thursday. The spirit of Fela Kuti and other West African greats lives on!

ANNE MCCUE Live Thursday, June 15th at 3pm

Jun 10, 2017

When you think of cities that foster great blues performers, Sydney, Melbourne, & Ho Chi Minh City might not be at the top of your list. But that's where acclaimed singer/guitarist Anne McCue built her foundation for making great music, and now that she's been living in Nashville and elsewhere in the U.S. for a number of years, we get to see her fairly regularly. Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, & David Olney are among the favorites of ours that sing her praises. She returns to Studio B before playing an early evening set at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall.

It's great to see these two favorites of ours -- John Cowan the longtime voice of newgrass since his days with Newgrass Revival, and Darin & Brooke keeping North Carolina bluegrass vibrant and strong in the 21st Century -- playing together on stage, as they'll be doing at the Altamont Theatre in Asheville on Friday (after playing Floyd, VA Thursday). It's even greater to announce that they'll be live in Studio B with us and you! 

MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS Live Thursday, May 18th at 3pm

May 17, 2017
MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS
Gabrielle Savoy

It's a double-header in Studio B on Thursday afternoon as Miss Tess returns with her band for a set with Roland Dierauf. Blues and R&B, jazz and swing, honky-tonk and classic country: Miss Tess has her own personal crossroads of Americana. She's in the area for a triple-header of shows: Asheville Thursday, Hickory Friday, and Charlotte Saturday.

POLYRHYTHMICS Live Friday, May 19th at 3pm

May 17, 2017

This 8-piece band out of Seattle unleashes a modern afro-psycho-beat blend with their most recent release Octagon, and they bring it all to The Rabbit Hole in Charlotte Friday night before heading back to the NW. To quote themselves, "Polyrhythmics make music in which listeners will get lost, get hyped, and get down."

Learn more  about Polyrhythmics.

Guest DJ MARK O'CONNOR Live Tuesday, May 16th at 4pm

May 15, 2017
Guest DJ MARK O'CONNOR
Deanna Rose

Our next musician coming in to take over our playlist for an hour is one of the most revered violinists today. Blending bluegrass/folk traditions with hot swing and classical compositions, Mark O'Connor is a true renaissance man of late 20th/early 21st Century music. He won a Grammy this past year for his O'Connor Band release of 2016, and he performs a highly anticipated concert with the Charlotte Symphony on Friday at the Knight Theatre. Tune in to see what all he has selected for us Tuesday afternoon.

TONY FURTADO Live Wednesday, May 17th at 3pm

May 12, 2017

Few people achieve the mastery of the slide guitar or the banjo like Tony Furtado has; fewer still have mastered both so well. Though based out of Portland, Oregon, he spends most of his time on the road, and we welcome him back to Studio B once again as he wraps up a Southeastern tour with a show at the Grey Eagle Wednesday night.

THE OLD CHEVROLETTE SET Live Friday May 5th at 3pm

Apr 28, 2017

Loretta & Conway, George & Tammy, Gram & Emmylou...do those names sound familiar? Asheville's Old Chevrolet Set sings the classics of these country duets around town, including Friday night at Jack of the Wood. Laura Blackley & Mark Jackson sing and play guitar, with Tom Pittman on pedal steel, Steve Frankel on bass, and Keith Buchanan on drums. ...Any of those names sound familiar?

JASON DECRISTOFARO & FRIENDS
Ken Voltz

Asheville jazz musician and college instructor Jason DeCristofaro has organized a WNC Solidarity Concert Series for 2017 at The Block Off Biltmore.  On the final Sunday of each month, WNC-based musicians and ensembles perform a concert to raise money for a selected non-profit whose work supports marginalized communities as well as our regional ecosystems. For our Studio B session, Jason has gathered Bill Berg, Chuck Lichtenberger, and Cameron Austin. Join us as Roland speaks with them about the series, jazz, and beyond. 

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