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Inage of five band members standing in grass wearing blue shirts
Imarhan

We've got two great sessions from the road: Recorded live at the Mothlight in Asheville, it's the desert blues of the South Algerian band Imarhan. The group's brand new album Temet that has really impressed us. Also, from onstage at the Orange Peel before their respective shows there a couple of weeks ago, we'll hear M. Ward and Laura Veirs in exclusive WNCW performance/interviews. 

 

Asheville Music School Superband performing The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour at Sound Effects 2017.
Michael Oppenheim Photography / https://www.facebook.com/pg/avlmusicschool

Sound Effects
A Benefit Concert for Asheville Music School
Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 6-9 p.m.
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville

RADNEY FOSTER Live Friday, November 17th at 2pm

Nov 13, 2017
RADNEY FOSTER
Marshall Foster

Texan Radney Foster has written eight #1 hits, whether on his own or during his time in Foster & Lloyd. His new album AND book For You To See the Stars, his 11th, covers a lot of ground through its various characters and landscapes, both physical and emotional. He plays Isis Music Hall in West Asheville on Friday night.

Being a regional musician isn't easy for those living and working in Asheville and Western North Carolina.  One of the negatives for these artists is having adequate and affordable places to practice and in some cases record.  Musicians in their own right, Claude Coleman and Brett Spivey are trying to change this problem by creating what they call Sound Space.  Coleman and Spivey talked all about it during the Friday Feature that originally aired October 27, 2017.

Posted by Host and Producer of The WNCW Friday Feature Interview of the Week, Paul Foster

Each year, more than 1 million visitors flock to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, to tour its gorgeous gardens and cavernous halls.  The house was built by George Vanderbilt between 1889-1895 and is the largest home ever to exist in America.  George and his beloved bride, Edith, are a major part of the new book, "The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty In The Nation's Largest Home" by Denise Kiernan.  Kiernan was interviewed by WNCW for this Friday Feature, presented Sept. 22, 2017.

Two great musicians take the stage in West Asheville Wednesday evening, and we're excited to bring you a preview with both of them that afternoon. Phoebe Hunt showcased her great Texas/Americana jazz and swing foundation with the Belleville Outfit earlier this decade, and now she breaks out on her own with a new sound, inspired by some intensive study time in India. Dori Freeman impressed us with her first full-length album last year, and it sounds like her great Galax, Virginia foundation continues to show on her forthcoming album, too.

THE YOUNGERS Live Friday, September 8 at 11am

Sep 6, 2017

We welcome back The Youngers from southeastern PA on Friday the 8th. We got to know the band especially well thanks to their 2008 release that included a WNCW favorite, "Heritage". Last year, they released another cool one, "Picture of You". They play New Belgium Brewery in Asheville after visiting us.

THE WILD REEDS Live Thursday, August 17th at 1pm

Aug 16, 2017

This indie-folk five-piece from L.A. has wonderful 3-part harmonies, and a great collection of songs on their album of this year The World We Built. The Wild Reeds head to the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Thursday the 17th, and the Evening Muse in Charlotte on Friday the 18th.

Men performing on stage
Bill Lindsey

Way back in 1928, Bascom Lamar Lunsford helped start a festival of local musicians and dancers in Asheville. 90 years later, it's the longest running folk festival in the country. Musician, curator, and all-around mountain music expert Laura Boosinger joins Martin Anderson as guest DJ to spin recordings from some of the legendary string bands and balladeers that have played there over the years, as well as new releases from some of this year's headliners. The festival runs "along about sundown" August, 3, 4, and 5 at A-B Tech.

The Head And The Heart Comes to Asheville, NC

Jun 13, 2017

The Head And The Heart comes to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium with special guest The Shelters on Saturday, September 30th at 8pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 16th at 10am and will be available through the USCC Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Click here to enter WNCW's contest to win a pair of free tickets!

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