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Compass Graphic Showing WNCW Fall Fundraiser Dates October 13-19, 2019
Vicki Dameron

Wow. It's hard to believe it's been almost three decades since WNCW first went LIVE - on the air, back in 1989. In just a few weeks, we'll open our Fall Funder on our "Big Three-Oh." The station actually went on the air for the first time on October 13, 1989 - Friday The 13th to be exact, and we haven't stopped yet thanks to our listeners and the thousands of supporters of great public radio. Speaking of...

We are happy to welcome back this Asheville-based bluegrass/Americana band, with a brand new collection of great songs called "Waiting On a Ride". Sam Wharton, Mark Schimick, James Schlender, Ryan Cavanaugh, and Charles R. Humphrey III make up SFTRB. Their gigs this week include the Transylvania County Library in Brevard this Friday, and French Broad Outfitters at Hominy Creek in Asheville on Sunday the 1st.

Tune in as we welcome two of our all-time favorite songwriters to Studio B, for a song swap in advance of their Asheville show Friday night. The Grey Eagle concert is a fundraiser for Beloved Asheville, which provides opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to use their voices, skills and unique gifts to transform their lives and communities.

Welcome to episode 45 of WNCW’s new music podcast, On The Way Up, where you can hear some of the best new tunes now, on our airwaves, as well as get a bit of a recap of music doing well here in the first half of 2019," said Producer Joe Kendrick. "You'll hear the latest from artists like Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Eilen Jewell and Tyler Childers, and we'll bring you up to speed on the new albums we played the most this year.

We're excited to share our latest On The Way Up Podcast with you this week! It's hosted by Lauren Wasmund, our WNCW summer intern. She'll take us on a true Americana musical journey with songs from artists like the Fruit Bats from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, to the funkalicious sounds of Kev "Shinyribs" Russell from Austin Texas, followed by a DJ For The Day Segment featuring Ashevillian Julian Pinelli, a local North Carolina master fiddler and free style violinist.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is known as "America's Favorite Drive," and in a few days, one of America's favorite events, located right off the Parkway in Floyd, Virginia, begins. FloydFest 19 organizers will open the gates July 24th and welcome fans from all of the world. They'll enjoy a five-day celebration of music and art, while basking in the beauty of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Oh yeah...

Two bands featured in Studio B
Lauren Wasmund and Nate Tadlock

Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark says we have a few of our long-time favorite musicians featured this week. The Tim O'Brien Band was in our studio back in May, playing tunes from the group's recent self-titled album. We'll share music from that multitalented band's session. Plus, we'll feature the music of former Band of Horses lead guitarist and awesome singer-songwriter Tyler Ramsey, who has just released his first solo album in eight years. Stay with us! It all begins at 7pm on Sunday.

"We've got the king of the gas can guitar - and one of our favorite blues singers, Mac Arnold & his band Plate Full of Blues playing live for us last month in advance of a string of shows in our area, Said Kim Clark. "Also, we'll listen to a session with Alexa Rose, who won a first-place Chris Austin songwriting award at this past Merlefest. She'll perform her prize-winning song plus preview a forthcoming album slated to be released this fall."

John Gillespie

 

Live Monday, June 24th between 4 & 5pm: Hayes Carll

Jun 22, 2019

He's certainly one of WNCW's favorite Americana singer/songwriters these last few years... Hayes Carll returns for another live session! He plays the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte Sunday, the Greenville Zoo on Friday, and the Grey Eagle's 25th Anniversary celebration at Lake Eden on Saturday. 

“We know where we come from. We are a string band from Virginia, but we are evolving with this album, and we are embracing the future.” The album is "Over the Trees", which comes out on July 12th, which coincides with the start of their own Red Wing Roots Music Festival at Natural Chimneys Park in Mt. Solon, VA. We'll see if we can coax them into playing a new tune or two, live! They play in Yadkinville, NC on Saturday the 15th.

Live Friday, June 7th between Noon & 1pm: Matt Andersen

May 31, 2019

You're forgiven if you haven't yet heard of New Brunswick Americana artist Matt Andersen, but his latest album Halfway Home By Morning is actually his 10th release, and it's time we all start getting to know him and his work. After all, Andersen has received a JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, a CIMA Road Gold award, and six Maple Blues Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year. He performs Wednesday in Charlotte, Friday in Asheville, and Saturday in Carrborro.

Male DJ sitting in control room at radio station
Vicki Dameron

It's hard to believe... Cosmic has turned ten years old. Thanks to the hard work of host Brad Watson, who came up with the concept in 2009, and the fans who have flocked to the airwaves on Friday night to get their Cosmic American Show fix, it's become one of WNCW's most popular programs.

Live Wednesday, May 15th between 3 & 4pm: Alexa Rose

May 10, 2019
Ken Voltz

We fell in love with Alexa Rose's blend of folk and Americana mountain roots music in 2017 when her Low and Lonesome album came out. The Asheville musician won the "General" category in last month's MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for her new song "Medicine For Living", and she promises to include it in her live session with us on Wednesday. She plays Sunday the 19th in Asheville, and then May 30th in Charlotte.

Large group of people in audience at MerleFest
Vicki Dameron

It's hard to believe the 31st Annual MerleFest begins Thursday, April 25th - Yes! Are you going? We'll be there most certainly. The lineup, as usual, is FANTASTIC. You can find out more about the artists on the link below.

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