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A case that involved mistrust, fraud, expenditures, luxury benefits, and more by members of Buncombe County, NC that included top leaders, is reviewed up until the recent day of jail sentencing in U.S. District Court.  A series of interviews, going back over two years, with Asheville Citizen-Times Reporter- Jennifer Bowman provides all the scandalous details that involved former County Manager Wanda Greene, Assistant County Manager John Creighton, and others.   The interview first aired on September 4, 2019.

One of the most revered storyteller/singer/songwriters of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and one whom we've loved playing and hosting at WNCW since our first years, Michael Reno Harrell returns to Studio B before his Saturday show in Asheville and a number of assorted appearances throughout the South this Fall. Consider this one of our first mini-celebrations of the station's 30th anniversary! Perhaps he'll have some "Southern suggestions" for us....

Live Friday, July 26th between 11am & Noon: Ellis Paul

Jul 22, 2019
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A troubadour, a singer/songwriter, a folky, and a storyteller: Ellis Paul has embodied all of these well since emerging out of the fertile Boston music scene in the early 1990's. He now calls Charlottesville, VA home, and has a new release chronicling the life of a traveling troubadour and more, called "The Storyteller's Suitcase." He plays Isis in West Asheville, NC on Friday, then spends the week at the Swannanoa Gathering for Contemporary Folk Week.

EJ Jones, leader of the Piper Jones Band, will be Tom Fellenbaum's  special guest on "Celtic Winds"  Sunday, July 7, in the 1:00 hour.  Jones, a multi instrumentalist from Asheville, NC, who also constructs pipes, will discuss his love of Scottish music, and his position as Musical Director of the annual Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans at Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC.

These two Georgia-based singer/songwriter/guitarists are on a "Kickin' & Singin'" tour together, for shows in Asheville Friday and Charlotte Saturday. We can't disagree with what's said about Michelle: "raucous and jubilant - somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne comes Malone alternating between soulful ballads and rowdy, riffy blasters."- ROLLING STONE

The documentary film "Stuffed" by Asheville Filmmaker- Erin Derham shows another side to taxidermy.  How it's an art.  A vehicle to connect communities back to nature, while educating and inspiring them to protect it.  Erin was in the studios of WNCW and on-air June 21, 2019 to talk about the film.   Also the films critical acclaim thus far and how it has shown at various film festivals across the nation and even at South By Southwest in Texas.  An Asheville premiere takes place at the Orange Peel, June 29th.

The Asheville Citizen Times recently published a story by Reporter/Journalist- Joel Burgess entitled 'A Decade After the Great Recession, Analysis Shows Asheville Spending Nearly Stagnant'.  Joel was the guest of this edition of More to the Story that first aired June 12, 2019. Ten years later - has Asheville transformed when looking at income and home costs?

Posted by Host and Producer of More to the Story- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

Live Friday, June 7th between 3 & 4pm: Darrell Scott

May 31, 2019

If you gauge your potential interest in an artist based on "one degree of separation", consider the following (in no particular order) for one of our absolute favorites: Guy Clark, Robert Plant, the Dixie Chicks, Tim O'Brien, Malcolm Holcombe, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless, Bill Frisell, Zac Brown.... Experience the great Darrell Scott if you haven't already! He returns to Studio B before performing Friday in Asheville and Saturday in Charlotte.

After what seems like a bit of a hiatus, Undress follows the Felice Brothers' 2016 album Life In The Dark, and finds the group from the Catskills of NY in a very different place three years later. Between personnel changes, families growing and the political landscape, the result is a tighter, more-paired down release. They're in our area for a show Thursday night in Asheville.

Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, the home of Impressionism and Django Reinhardt, French guitarist Stephane Wrembel absorbed the great Gypsy jazz tradition through deep immersion of both the masters' techniques and the vibrant Gypsy culture. But his longtime love for Pink Floyd and other styles also winds its way into his work, as we'll hear when he returns to WNCW before his show Tuesday night in Asheville. The Stephane Wrembel Band includes long-time collaborators Thor Jensen (guitar), Ari Folman Cohen (bass), and Nick Anderson (drums).

Perhaps what the world needs now, is a group that weaves European, Middle Eastern, and American folk music together into a beautiful tapestry that simultaneously showcases tradition and innovation. Enter The Resonant Rogues, an Asheville ensemble that returns to Studio B with songs from their new release "Autumn of the World." Their hometown album release show is at The Mothlight on Friday the 31st.

Live Friday, May 17th between 1 & 2pm: Jamie McLean

May 10, 2019

When not working with Aaron Neville, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and others as their lead guitarist, Jamie McLean is busy churning out his own songs and recordings of New Orleans soul, Delta blues, middle America roots and New York City swagger. He plays Knoxville on Thursday, Asheville on Friday, and Charlotte on Saturday!

Live Friday, May 3rd between 4 & 5pm: Jonathan Scales

Apr 28, 2019

The innovative steel pannist has his 6th release out now, this time with bassist E’Lon JD and drummer Maison Guidry. The cast of special guests on "Pillar" includes bassists Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge and MonoNeon, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, keyboardist Shaun Martin, percussionist Weedie Braimah and banjo pioneer Béla Fleck! Scales & Co. play his hometown of Asheville, NC on Saturday the 4th and in Charlotte, NC on the 29th.

We're excited to be getting to know this new swing jazz band out of Asheville, and they've got a CD release party at Isis in West Asheville on Saturday the 27th. Queen Bee & the Honeylovers sing songs rich in Asheville history; in fact every song on their new one is set in a different place or event in 1920's through '40's Asheville, NC ...  Beacham's Curve, Beaucatcher, Hominy Creek, a secret tunnel under Pack Square! Check out their fun new videos.

Friday Feature: The Connect Beyond Festival

Apr 11, 2019

You may have missed this year's Connect Beyond Festival in Asheville that was just held.  However, by listening to this WNCW Friday Feature Interview of the Week - get a recap of this growing event to provoke thought and ideas, while touching on the arts, music, documentary film, and much more.  Our conversation is with the Founder of Connect Beyond, thats been compared to South By Southwest, Jessica Tomasin.  Plan to be a part of 2020's event! The interview originally aired March 29, 2019.

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