asheville nc

Live Thursday, February 27th between 3 & 4pm: Paul Thorn

Feb 25, 2020

Just listening to him tell a story will transport you to his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, growing up the son of a pentecostal preacher who charted his own course: from furniture factory full-timer to professional boxer to the great professional blues/rock musician he is today. Paul Thorn returns to WNCW Thursday afternoon before a string of shows in our area: Asheville Thursday night, Johnson City on Friday, Shelby, NC on Friday the 6th, and Newberry, SC on Saturday the 7th.

Tall Tall Trees is the pseudonym of Mike Savino, whose pioneering psychedelic banjo sound has marveled audiences both with his one-man-show loops and effects, and in collaborations with fellow multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi. He now calls the Asheville area home, and visits Studio B before his Saturday night show at Ambrose West. We feature his new release for New Tunes at 2 on Wednesday.

Amy Harris-Invision-AP

What a great soul sound this act has - imagine Curtis Mayfield and band still going strong. American Love Call is the latest from this group fronted by vocalist Jones and drummer Aaron Frazer, and they play Asheville Tuesday night.  Frazer explains part of their mission: “As America grows more diverse, we have the opportunity to form the strong, interwoven tapestry that we’ve long claimed. When we find a way to unite across our various movements and see the commonalities of our struggles, we can begin to push forward together.

Musicians playing music and holding an album in a collage
Photo of Courtney Marie Andrews by Joe Kendrick - Photo of Darrin Bradbury Courtesy of Mr. Bradbury

"We've got a nugget from the archives this week as we rewind back to 2018 for a session with Courtney Marie Andrews and her band when they were in our area in support of the album May Your Kindness Remain," said SBW Host Kim Clark.  We'll also revisit a recent session with Nashville singer/songwriter Darrin Bradbury, who played songs from his release Talking Dogs and Atom Bombs.

For every donation made during our Fall Fundraiser – WNCW will donate $1 to MANNA FoodBank. We are always pleased  to work with MANNA!

MANNA FoodBank is a private, not-for-profit service organization, that links the food industry with over 200 partner agencies in 16 counties of Western North Carolina. MANNA is an acronym and stands for Mountain Area Nutritional Needs Alliance. They are a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. Together we can solve hunger.

Casey Blake, Opinions Editor and Columnist with the Asheville Citizen Times returns to WNCW's 'More to the Story' to address recent headlines. The conversation includes facts about the growing number of individuals diagnosed with Legionaire's Disease after attending the Mountain State Fair. The editor also talkes about concerns about how authorities handle the city's fight against drugs, prostitution and homelessness.  The conversation first hit the airwaves on October 2, 2019.

Three men laughing in a recording studio
Vicki Dameron

Studio B Rewind Host and Producer Kim Clark says we'll hear session clips from two of our absolute favorite performers, Malcolm Holcombe and Greg Brown, who played music together in our studio back in August 2019. "Not only are they great singer/songwriters, they're great guys, too," said Clark.

We've loved getting to know Dori's work over the past few years, including through some of our live remote broadcasts from area venues when she's passed through our area. Now we get to welcome her to Studio B, on the release date of her wonderful new album Every Single Star.  She plays West Asheville, NC on Thursday, Knoxville, TN on Friday, and Vilas, NC on Saturday.

From Music Host and Producer Kim Clark:

Life Like Water is the brainchild of David Matters, with bandmates Megan Drollinger and Charles Furtado, all of whom call Asheville home. Listen for some intriguing African and Middle Eastern influences in this folk/newgrass trio's sound. They played Sunday the 15th at Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River.

Dave Creaney

One of the hottest trios to come out of Austin, Texas - and that's saying somethin'! - Elana James, Whit Smith and Jake Erwin have played music “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent) since the mid-90's. They play The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC Tuesday night, and the Newberry, SC Opera House Thursday.

Live Monday, September 9th between 11am & Noon: Si Kahn

Sep 3, 2019

Longtime Charlotte singer/songwriter Si Kahn is known worldwide for his songs supporting labor rights -- some two dozen at least. This past year, he received the Joe Hill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation, a recognition shared by Cesar Chavez, Hazel Dickens, Pete Seeger, & Utah Phillips among others.  He is also known for composing musical theatre ("Mother Jones in Heaven"), and collaborating recently with German bluegrass band The Looping Brothers. Si has a concert at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville with Joe Jencks this Sunday evening.

Stacie Huckeba

She's received three Grammy nominations, seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards, and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Dolly Parton credits her with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." And we get to host her for a solo session in Studio B on Wednesday, before her show with her band in Asheville Thursday night!

Joe Greene hangs out with these four Nashville musicians steeped in bluegrass, blues & country. They play Isis in West Asheville Wednesday, and the Blue Bear Mountain Festival in Boone on Friday.

We are happy to welcome back this Asheville-based bluegrass/Americana band, with a brand new collection of great songs called "Waiting On a Ride". Sam Wharton, Mark Schimick, James Schlender, Ryan Cavanaugh, and Charles R. Humphrey III make up SFTRB. Their gigs this week include the Transylvania County Library in Brevard this Friday, and French Broad Outfitters at Hominy Creek in Asheville on Sunday the 1st.

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