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Della Mae Live Thursday, February 28th between 3 & 4pm

Feb 25, 2019

They've brought their unique blend of bluegrass and Americana to some 18 countries representing the U.S. State Department, and they've got a terrific new release of material. Just back from the big Wintergrass Festival outside Seattle, WA, we're excited to welcome Della Mae to Studio B on their way to their Thursday evening show in Brevard.

Seth Walker
Zack Smith

We've enjoyed following Seth Walker's Americana/blues career these past 15 years, and we really like the direction he's taken on this new album Are You Open? He plays The Rooster's Wife in Aberdeen on Valentine's Day (awwww) and Free Range Brewing in Charlotte on Friday.

Jay Nash & Josh Day are The Contenders, an Americana band working the troubadour life hard this year. (Josh, by the way, is from Wilkesboro!) They play the Grey Eagle in Asheville Wednesday, the Evening Muse in Charlotte Thursday, and the 1915 in Wilkesboro on Friday.

Two men laughing and playing music
Vicki Dameron

Former NASCAR driver, and now broadcaster Kyle Petty joined WNCW's Friday Feature as he was preparing for a concert with Musician David Childers.  Kyle talks about his love for music, singing and songwriting, but the heart of this interview was his long-time charity work that includes Victory Junction, a camp for children with disabilities.  No one is turned away. We hope you'll have a listen to this feature from January 11, 2019.

Man mixing sound in audio studio
Vicki Dameron

This Sunday evening we have a stellar Studio B Rewind lineup scheduled for your listening pleasure. Host Kim Clark says WNCW will feature The Kruger Brothers in a session from this past September, when they were here to preview their “Carolina In The Fall” festival. We'll feature Amanda Shires and her band performing their live session in our studio, also in September, playing songs from the band's new album TO THE SUNSET.  Studio B LIVE Sessions are produced by WNCW Sound Engineer Sean Rubin. 

Photos from The Kruger Brothers Studio B Session

Nov 30, 2018
Man smiling holding banjo
Vicki Dameron

We thought you might like to see a few images from our session with the Kruger Brothers. They're booked for one more concert in December in Chapel Hill, NC before they head to Switzerland for performances in the month of January 2019. They'll be back in Newton, NC in February, as well as in Raleigh, NC the same month. Bon Voyage and safe travels to our friends, The Kruger Brothers!

Two men smiling at camera sitting in a radio production room
Vicki Dameron

WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick is back with his popular podcast On The Way Up. Each episode features some of the best tunes that are either fresh out of the shrink wrap, or just making their way into the hearts of WNCW listeners. Kendrick said in this episode, we'll go back and look at some of the songs that were played the most on WNCW for the first ten months of 2018. "We are almost set to begin voting for the top releases of the year in making our top 100," said Kendrick. "That voting will begin after Thanksgiving.

Two of our favorite contemporary Americana stringbands, in a double-bill! Join Joe Kendrick as we bring you live interview sessions from both, amongst their soundchecks for their Thursday night show in Shelby, NC. We expect to go live with The Steel Wheels around 3:30pm, and Chatham County Line a bit past 5:00 pm.

You might know one of our favorite contemporary cosmic Americana troubadours... but do you know one of our favorite current power-pop rockers? They are one in the same, as Aaron's latest release "Karma For Cheap" is more reminiscent of his time with the New York Dolls. He joins us in Studio B before playing Ambrose West in West Asheville Tuesday night.

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.

Nate Ryan/MPR

With a string of wonderful records going back to his 1978 debut, and treasured associations with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark, "The Houston Kid" is at the top of the list of Americana greats, and songwriters in general. Tune in as Joe Kendrick asks Rodney to share stories of Music City's heyday, and update us on his new collection of acoustic favorites and upcoming Christmas album. We'll be at the Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby during his soundcheck!

Paul Cauthen is one of Americana's best new singer/songwriters. We first got to know him when he was a member of the band Sons of Fathers. WNCW 's Music Director Martin Anderson spoke with Cauthen at September's AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tennessee during a morning spent at SoundStage Studios, following a late night showcase with a dozen or more other WNCW favorites musicians. We originally aired the interview on Wednesday, October 3rd, and now you can listen to the PODCAST.

We recently aired an interview Martin Anderson did with Richard Thompson - RT as he is known to his many fans, remains one of WNCW's most revered songwriters and guitarists. We've created a podcast so you can listen to it again or check it out if you missed it. His new music will be featured on Peak of the Week, Thursday night, at 9pm with Renee Denton.

Live Friday, September 28th around 10:30am: Amanda Shires

Sep 21, 2018
Thomas Liddell

Yes she's the Texan fiddler married to Jason Isbell with her latest album recorded in Nashville by producer Dave Cobb. But throw out all your presumptions of what she'll sound like, because Amanda likes to keep you on your toes, which is one of the things we love about her. "I wanted the songs to have atmosphere,” Shires says. “That the album was going to be sort of poppy, and that I was doing that to bring some sunshine into the world, cause it’s pretty dark right now.” Her busy tour schedule rolls her through Asheville on Friday night.

Image of Brandi Carlile
Album Cover Art - Scott Avett

Brandi Carlile is a top charting singer/songwriter from the west coast. She grew up in Ravensdale, a small town about 40 miles southeast of Seattle, Washington. We're big fans of her music and we've been sharing it with our listeners for as long as we can remember.

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