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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.

Friday Feature: North Carolina Day Trips by Theme

Aug 20, 2019

Thanks to Author Marla Hardee Milling, a fun adventures book has been put together called "North Carolina By Theme Day Trips."  Marla spoke to WNCW about her jam-packed list of fun and entertaining locations in the state. From the Mountains to the Ocean, Marla's visiting tips are useful for citizens of all ages.  The resident of Asheville appeared on The Friday Feature August 16, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature Interview of the Week- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

Tune in as we welcome two of our all-time favorite songwriters to Studio B, for a song swap in advance of their Asheville show Friday night. The Grey Eagle concert is a fundraiser for Beloved Asheville, which provides opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to use their voices, skills and unique gifts to transform their lives and communities.

Live Thursday, August 1st between 3 & 4pm: Rich Mahan

Jul 27, 2019

Rich Mahan blends "outlaw country" and rock, and has a lot of fun with it. You can tell he likes to have fun, with songs like "Daydrinking" "Stoned as a Roman Slave" and "Hippie in the City." And, you can tell the California native has found his natural home in Nasheville, with the naming of his new release "Hot Chicken Wisdom," and his previous one "Blame Bobby Bare." Rich and band play The Salvage Station in Asheville, NC Thursday, and Barley's Taproom in Knoxville Friday.

We're excited to share our latest On The Way Up Podcast with you this week! It's hosted by Lauren Wasmund, our WNCW summer intern. She'll take us on a true Americana musical journey with songs from artists like the Fruit Bats from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, to the funkalicious sounds of Kev "Shinyribs" Russell from Austin Texas, followed by a DJ For The Day Segment featuring Ashevillian Julian Pinelli, a local North Carolina master fiddler and free style violinist.

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Discussed on this edition of More To The Story was the report in Asheville's Mountain Xpress on "Buncombe County Faces a Lack of Affordable Childcare."  Parents working outside the home have to depend on daycare for their children, which doesn't come easy, especially when it comes to the price tag for the average household.  Intern Writer Hannah Massen, with some assistance, handled the article that was discussed with WNCW by Mountain Xpress Managing Editor, Virginia Daffron.  This interview was on-air July 3, 2019.

"Asheville North Carolina's innovative master of the steel pans, Jonathan Scales, has just released his sixth album, and just to give you an idea of the circles he moves in these days, the record features guest appearances by Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, and Bela Fleck," said Host Kim Clark.

Live Wednesday, June 19th between 2 & 3pm: Horse Feathers

Jun 17, 2019
Alexandra Brennan

This indie-folk-rock band may be out of Portland, Oregon, and frontman Justin Ringle from Idaho, but they've got some Southern and specifically Asheville influences as well. Get to know them Wednesday afternoon when they visit on their way to their show at the Mothlight in West Asheville.

Live Wednesday, May 15th between 3 & 4pm: Alexa Rose

May 10, 2019
Ken Voltz

We fell in love with Alexa Rose's blend of folk and Americana mountain roots music in 2017 when her Low and Lonesome album came out. The Asheville musician won the "General" category in last month's MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for her new song "Medicine For Living", and she promises to include it in her live session with us on Wednesday. She plays Sunday the 19th in Asheville, and then May 30th in Charlotte.

Live Tuesday, May 14th between 2 & 3pm: Sugaray Rayford

May 10, 2019

“I’m a freak of nature / I ain’t no honey bee / I’m an unknown creature / The like you’ve never seen.” Thus begins "The Revelator", the first song on his great new release Somebody Save Me. And it also might describe Mr. Rayford pretty well, too. He's been nominated for two 2019 Blues Music Awards, and we can't wait to get to know him and his band Tuesday afternoon. They play Asheville Tuesday night, and Charlotte on Saturday night.

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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