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"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.

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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.

Album cover with artist playing guitar
Reed Foehl

Hello and welcome to WNCW’s new music podcast, On The Way Up. Get set for some of the best new music to be featured here on grassroots radio, from acoustic to electric, from our daytime mix to ARC Overnight, and a whole lot in between. You’ll get another DJ For A Day when I talk with singer songwriter Reed Foehl about the first time he ever heard his own music on the radio, a theme which will continue into Episode 41 when we have a similar conversation with Amy McCarley.

 

Band members smiling and posing for photographer in studio
Vicki Dameron

The Steep Canyon Rangers performed live on our airwaves this past January, just as they were re-emerging from a well-deserved rest following a busy and successful year of touring on their own, as well as with Steve Martin.

Grain Thief Live Friday, March 1st between 3 & 4pm

Feb 25, 2019

You might assume they're from the Centennial State with their catchy new single "Colorado Freeze", but the 5-piece Americana string band Grain Thief is from Boston, MA. The group comprises Patrick Mulroy (guitar, vocals), Zach Meyer (mandolin, vocals), Michael Harmon (bass, vocals), Tom Farrell (lead guitar), and Alex Barstow (fiddle). Their busy Southern tour takes them to the Town Pump in Black Mountain on Saturday the 2nd.

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.

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