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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.

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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.

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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.

image of man wearing a hat walking in tall grass with banjo on shoulder
Vicki Dameron

Time goes on, life moves forward, roots grow, leaves sprout and branches grow up and out reaching for new heights... new places.  That's what The Tall Grass is all about... roots music that grows and morphs into many different kinds of sound and song. This week Joe Greene brings us music from Claire Lynch, Slocan Ramblers, Love Canon, David Benedict and lots more. Take a stroll in The Tall Grass, every Sunday at 6pm, on WNCW 88.7 and wncw.org.

"Penetrative & excitingly melodic ... Intimate literate lyrics & velvet vocals," says Rolling Stone about Clarence, and we agree. This prolific singer/songwriter originally from Ohio consistently delivers quality albums, and this year's Passionate Kind is no exception. He plays The Grey Eagle in Asheville Tuesday night.

Read more about Clarence Bucaro.

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Vicki Dameron

 It's Amanda Anne Platt playing some tunes in a solo session and catching us up on the latest with her band the Honeycutters, and a new discovery of ours, Blue Yonder from Charleston, West Virginia, who were in the area last month for a show in Asheville.

 

Vicki Dameron

We'll listen to Fireside Collective burnin' up Studio B right after the 4th of July, playing tunes from their album Life Between the Lines – and a couple of surprising covers. Also, in celebration of the new album by the Los Angeles indie band Dawes, we'll jump in our time machine and check out a 2012 session with them.

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Vicki Dameron

Samantha Fish and her band with a dynamite, or as we like to say DYNO-MITE, session from just a couple of weeks ago, plus the Atlanta-based duo Cicada Rhythm, who turned in a well-received set at Merlefest shortly before their Studio B session.

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Vicki Dameron

Spring has sprung, the weather is getting warmer (kind of) and our semi annual fundraiser is right around the corner! We are excited, as usual, to welcome our WNCW friends and family members to Studio B, April 8-14, 2018. Long time fans and volunteers know we celebrate these events by creating a friendly, fundraising environment complete with good eats, lots of coffee and great music. During this week we need volunteers to help answer phones and take pledges from folks who wish to support WNCW. We've been doing this for 29 years and with your help, we can keep doing it!

Click here to pledge for one of these new releases online or call 1-800-245-8870.

The Decemberists -- "I'll Be Your Girl"

Jimi Hendrix -- "Both Sides of the Sky"

John Prine -- "The Tree of Forgiveness"

Margo Price -- "All American Made"

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats -- "Tearing at the Seams"

Steep Canyon Rangers -- "Out in the Open"

The Wood Brothers -- "One Drop of Truth"

Stephanie and Kim looking out a window at The Orange Peel
Photo by Vicki Dameron

Host Joe Kendrick brings in a fresh batch of new music for you, including jazz, funk, bluegrass, Americana and Celtic, with a Segue Of The Week going back to British guitar legend Bert Jansch’s 1979 album Avocet. DJ For A Day sees our own Stephanie Webb and Kim Henson prepping us for our Fall Fund Drive in a conversation highlighting what weeks (make that months) of preparation go into the event, and what is new for our lineup of thank-you gifts this time around. Many of these songs featured in the episode are on our thank-you discs available during the fund drive as well.

Molly Kummerle
Ben Mason Photography

In this episode, a bluegrass legend meets an up and coming regional act, a punk rocker of days gone by finally gets his solo debut, roots music stars mingle with Americana expatriates, and DJ For A Day returns, this time talking with Molly Kummerle of the band Paper Tiger about being a DJ -- not on the radio, but at a party, a “Molly Parti” to be exact. There’s also the Segue of The Week, which matches a lady Australian rocker with a post-punk classic.

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