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From WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick: This is the first of a two episode series on BJ Barham, front man of NC band American Aquarium, with in depth conversations with BJ as well as guests Ronda Chollock, a music promoter from Charlottesville, Virginia, and music artist Tyler Boone, who grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, but now calls Hollywood, CA home. We get into topics like how Barham articulates the dark history of the South so that people will start having conversations about racial and class divides, however uncomfortable those conversations might be.

The albums pictured above represent releases that have recently risen to the top here at WNCW. A few times a month, Music Director Martin Anderson compiles lists of the top ten current album releases and we list them under Programming and New Releases. If you want to access the list, learn more, see the albums and listen to the music, click on the link below. Thanks so much for listening to Grassroots - Listener Powered Radio!

From WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick: You will never be bored when it comes to Paul Thorn. Whether it’s his life story, his conversations, or his main gig, music, there’s nothing run of the mill about any of it. None of it is what you would call normal, but at the same time, everything about him has a wide appeal and relatability. There’s the surface level of what seems like a carnival show, but pretty quickly it’s obvious that, deeper down, there’s a profound love for humanity, a rare level of self-awareness, wit and intelligence in everything he does.

Here are some albums that have recently risen to the top here at WNCW. A few times a month, Music Director Martin Anderson compiles lists of the top ten current album releases and we list them under Programming and New Releases. If you want to access the list, learn more, see the albums and listen to the music, click on the link below. Thanks so much for listening to Grassroots - Listener Powered Radio! We hope you're enjoying the tunes, the news and all the other great info that is featured on WNCW 88.7 FM and streaming online at wncw.org

Another favorite band of ours whom we're honored to have welcomed on more than one occasion is the Avett Brothers. This interview/performance we have for you, another that hasn't aired since it was live (4/12/04), was around the time "Mignonette" came out, when the band was still just the trio of Seth, Scott, and Bob.

When singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier visited us in 2003, she was touring in support of her album "Filth & Fire", which included such standout songs as "Sugarcane" (her co-write with Catie Curtis) and "Christmas in Paradise."

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.

Wednesday, May 13th at Noon, from May, 2003: Andrew Bird

May 11, 2020

In the absence of live Studio B sessions, we thought we'd revisit some of our favorite ones from years' past. Join us Wednesday as we rebroadcast this one from the innovative singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird.

The Earl Scruggs Music Festival is proud to announce new additions to the festival lineup for the upcoming 2020 event: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jim Lauderdale, Chatham County Line, and the Earls of Leicester. 

One of the acts who will perform at our "Holidaze For Habitat" fundraiser this Friday, Marshall, NC native Ashley Heath has been voted as Mountain Xpress Readers' Best of WNC Songwriter, Acoustic/Folk, and Americana Country Artist of 2017, 2018, and 2019, not to mention a big win at MerleFest's band contest in 2018.  She's got a solo show at the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Friday the 27th, at which she'll debut new songs from her forthcoming record. 

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