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Tune in as Seth Kaufmann's band brings us a live "Wicked Wednesday" with this session from the Wicked Weed Funkatorium in Asheville. Joe Kendrick will talk with Seth from the stage, between songs, about the new release "Heartache Essentials." Floating Action plays a full set later in the evening.

Asheville's "Hard-drivin' Carolina String Band" likes to take their strong bluegrass roots and branch out into influences from the likes of Waylon, Willie & Merle, great covers from the Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen, and contemporaries like Tyler Childers, Railroad Earth, and Jim Lauderdale. We're pleased to report Town Mountain has a great new album on the way called New Freedom Blues, and we'll catch up with them Friday amidst their shows in Boone on Thursday, Charlotte on Friday, and Asheville on Saturday.

Wednesday morning we'll be airing our Barrel House Session recorded LIVE at the Wicked Weed Funkatorium in Asheville, NC. WNCW's Spencer Jones braved the storm and hosted the show Saturday, September 15th. In this session he brings us music from the Songs From The Road Band. Stay with us, the show airs right after NPR Headline News at 10am!

Brushfire Stankgrass Wednesday, August 22nd, 11-11:30 am

Aug 21, 2018

In our 2nd "Wicked Wednesday" Barrel-House Session from Wicked Weed Brewing's Funkatorium in Asheville, Martin Anderson talks with the band Brushfire Stankgrass, who's back and has some new songs to share with us -- including a great new state anthem for NC!

image of band members hanging out in front of wncw sihn
Vicki Dameron

One of the country's most intriguing indie folk bands, Asheville-based River Whyless, has a brand new release Kindness, A Rebel, and they recently stopped by our studios to talk about it, and to play some songs from the album. We'll listen to that interview and performance on the next Studio B Rewind, plus hear a session with the Raleigh roots rock band Urban Soil, who were in the area for a show in Hendersonville.

"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.

Among the new-to-us names of 2018 for WNCW's music roster is Hannah Gill, a 20-year-old singer mostly from Maryland and NYC (though born in NC), with a booming voice and nice blend of soul, blues, and 70's-inspired lo-fi pop. Let's get to know her and her duomate (guitarist/songwriter/arranger Brad Hammonds) Thursday afternoon before their show at Ambrose West in West Asheville that evening. 

Read more about Hannah Gill and The Hours.

We enjoyed getting to know Brooklyn's great Afrobeat band Super Yamba when they visited Studio B in 2017. Now they've teamed up with Benin's Leon Ligan-Majek, a.k.a. Kaleta, who fronts this otherwise all-instrumental ensemble. Kaleta spent his teen years in Nigeria, playing with both Fela Kuti AND King Sunny Ade, the two greatest legends of Nigerian Afrobeat music. It's a mighty big sound, filling up Studio B and then The Mothlight in West Asheville Wednesday night.

The Asheville Citizen-Times - Casey Blake, Opinions and Community Engagement Editor, updated WNCW's More to the Story about an investigation on internal ratings for the Charles George VA Medical Center Nursing Home (Asheville) and the number of Western N.C. popular water fall sights leading to several drowning deaths.  The interview first aired on July 11, 2018.

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

 

Jeff Sipe's little big band with Mike Barnes at Wicked Weed's Funkatorium
Photo by Joe Kendrick

This past weekend, our staff were on site at Wicked Weed's Funkatorium in downtown Asheville.  As part of the Barrell House Sessions, Jeff Sipe's Little Big Band with Mike Barnes performed.  WNCW was a media sponsor.  Tune into 88.7FM on Wednesday, July 25 during the 12 noon hour for the broadcast of this live session.

This is the first concert as part of the Barrell House Sessions.  Stay tuned for details on more shows that will be part of this series.

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