americana music

Wood Bros - Alysse Gafkjen | Joshua Meng - Vicki Dameron

WNCW Intern Joshua Meng takes a turn at the wheel with this episode, hosting and producing our latest collection of standout new music here. From weekday favorites like The Wood Brothers and Keller And The Keels to artists you can hear on our ARC Overnight shows, like Nicolas Godin, Joshua presents an eclectic mix, including a Segue Of The Show with bluegrass pioneers The Stanley Brothers.

Live Tuesday, February 18th between 3 & 4pm: Gold Rose

Feb 17, 2020
Sean Rubin

This Asheville alt-country trio consists of singer/songwriter, guitarist Kevin Fuller, bassist Ryan Kijanka and drummer Ryan Sargent. The band meshes crunchy guitar noise with folk, country and Americana stories. They play the Mothlight in West Asheville on Sunday the 23rd.

AmericanaFest Interview/Session Podcast with Andrew Bird

Nov 28, 2019

WNCW's Martin Anderson attended the 20th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tenneesee and recorded interviews with Andrew Bird and other artists we love playing. Andrew shed some light on the inspirations behind his latest album "My Finest Work Yet," as well as what new instruments he's been into lately. Check out the versions of "Sisyphus" and "Manifest" he laid down too, from Sound Stage Studios there.

Since the day it was announced, western North Carolinians and music lovers nationwide have been anxiously awaiting the kick off of the innaugural Strings & Suds Festival, as have WNCW friends, fans and staff members. Now, the wait is over - the festivities begin on Friday, August 23 at 7pm at The Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Yes please.

Friday Lineup - Taproom Stage:

Danny Burns, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and Ashley Heath and her Heathens

Bands posing and playing music in Studio B
By Lauren Wasmund and Steel Wheels

Featuring Tuvan throat singing, a suitcase used as a bass drum with a box of bones and silverware, a baby shoe hitting a gas can, a circular saw blade, and a cook pot, the Suitcase Junket session from this past May was one of the most entertaining of the year.  You'll hear that session in this week's show plus the top-tier Americana band the Steel Wheels, who were here to perform songs from their album Over the Trees

Live Friday, May 24th between 4 & 5pm: Tim O'Brien Band

May 18, 2019

We're excited to welcome back one of 'NCW's favorites, this time with his bluegrass band! After first hitting the scene fronting Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize in the '80's, Tim O'Brien has proven to be one of the most versatile, talented, and prolific of roots music leaders, be it Celtic, old-time, or his own singer/songwriter originals. He's back to his bluegrass roots these days, and Tim & co. play the Grey Eagle on Sunday the 26th.

WNCW's new music podcast has lots of great new music featured here, with regional favorites from western NC like Tyler Ramsey and Rising Appalachia, and our segue of the show pairing songs written decades ago which have been covered many times, one of which is a brand new version from Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward.  Many of the songs on this podcast are also available on one of our Spotify playlists, titled “WNCW New Music.”

Band members posing in studio
Vicki Dameron

WNCW listeners voted Tellico's latest album "Woven Waters,” produced by John Doyle, all the way up to #9 in last year's Top 100... and the Asheville, NC-based band played tunes from it live in Studio B last month," said Host Kim Clark. "You'll hear that session on this week's Studio B Rewind.

Musician posing in a cool animal print coat
Vicki Dameron

Here are a few shots from our time with Aaron Lee Tasjan and his band members. They dropped by Studio B November 13th and Music Mix Host Joe Greene talked to the "Americana Troubadour" about the band's 2018 release KARMA FOR CHEAP. We'll have that session airing again soon on a Studio B Rewind show with Kim Clark. We're getting ready to post our Annual Top 100 Contest next week... could this be one of your top albums played on WNCW in 2018?

Image of woman playing guitar
Vicki Dameron

We'll feature Dawn Landes in a solo acoustic session spotlighting tunes from her new album “Meet Me At The River.” Also, we'll hear music from Darling West, the Americana band from Norway with a great new album, plus we'll remember the late Tony Joe White by listening to him in Studio B back in 2014. Join Host Kim Clark for Studio B Rewind every Sunday at 7pm.

Speak with a volunteer at 800-245-8870! Each CD is available at the $60 membership level.

Loretta Lynn – Wouldn’t It Be Great (Legacy)

Tellico – Woven Waters (Organic)

Town Mountain – New Freedom Blues

Images From The Studio B Session With YELLOW FEATHER

Oct 18, 2018
Band members in Studio B
Vicki Dameron

We had a great time taking these images in Studio B while hanging with the band Yellow Feather. The group calls Old Fort, North Carolina home. It's a small town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just eat of Asheville, NC. We were fortunate to share this LIVE Studio B Session with our listeners earlier this year. And, we've also been able to feature one of the Country/Americana band's songs, "Lucille" on our new Crowd Around The Mic CD Volume 22.

The Charleston-based band The Artisanals' self-titled debut album blends 70s rock, alt-Americana-and great songwriting, and they played songs from it live for us when they were in Studio B last month. We'll re-visit that session this week on Studio B Rewind and we'll also check out a session with Banjo Nickaru and Western Scooches, an outfit that's as delightfully quirky as they sound. Join Kim Clark every Sunday evening at 7pm for Studio B Rewind.

WNCW DJs, staff and volunteers will be at the Fall For Greenville Festival begining today, Friday - October 12th. Renee Denton and Spencer Jones will emcee on the various different stages through the weekend. Our staff and volunteers will be at the WNCW Tent Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come out and say hello to us! Enjoy the beautiful weather, listen to great music and eat super good food! Come to Downtown Greenville, South Carolina and see for yourself why Travel and Leisure Magazine named it one of the best festivals in the southeast.

Man holding guitar looking serious and pensive
Vicki Dameron

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