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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.

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.

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.

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