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New Tunes at Two Week of March 15: Esther Rose, Melissa Carper, Fretland and Jillette Johnson

Monday: Esther Rose  How Many Times
Her last album was one of the WNCW’s Programming Staff’s favorite Americana releases of 2019. For this one she recruited Ross Farbre of the new wave synth band Video Age, bringing “a stereo pop glow to these new songs.”

Tuesday: Melissa Carper – Daddy’s Country Gold
Imagine if Billie Holiday were to make an album inspired by Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Bob Wills and the like. After a wonderful release with Rebecca Patek as the duo Buffalo Gals, we now get to hear a solo release from “Daddy” (so named by her bandmates because she knows how to “take care of ‘bidness”.)  


Wednesday: Fretland – Could Have Loved You
This the 2nd album from this Washington state band, bridging folk, indie-rock, and alt-country influences. Featuring the impressive vocals of Hillary Grace Fretland. 


Thursday: Jillette Johnson – It’s a Beautiful Day and I Love You
“This chapter of my life has been about quiet, stillness, gratitude, deepening relationships, and not running away,” the Nashville singer/songwriter says. “And this record has a lot to do with learning how to be in one place and how to feel freedom in that.”



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Eschewing his mother’s taste for easy listening music early on, Martin Anderson was raised on his dad’s love for jazz, his brother’s Beatles/classic rock LP’s, and the bluegrass and Top 40 radio of the D.C. area. He played trombone all through high school, but upon starting college decided to spin the music of others instead, so he began volunteering for the University of Delaware’s WXDR/WVUD overnight and morning mixes. He promptly put his B.A. in American History to use by moving to Eugene, Oregon, where he spent the 90’s working in natural foods, environmental causes, and above all, public radio. He hosted various folk, world, Triple-A, and other shows at KLCC, and started a “Miles of Bluegrass” show at KRVM. After two years working underwriting sales and various music and public affairs programs at KHSU in Arcata, CA, Martin joined WNCW in 2001 as your weekday morning host. He loves interviewing the many talented musicians who come to Studio B, stretching out with the many styles ‘NCW embraces, and reflecting the themes of listeners, events of the day, and our beautiful Southern Appalachian landscape. As Music Director, he books our live sessions, keeps in touch with the record labels and promoters that send us new music, and programs various features heard throughout the week, from new music spotlights to The Spindale Cycle. When not at the station, he enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, history, and raising his daughter on good music and more.