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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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RitaE

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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Vicki Dameron

This weekend Kim Clark will share music from Asheville, North Carolina's Empire Strikes Brass in a super funky session from last month, plus the “folkicana” music of The Contenders, who were at WNCW a few weeks ago in support of their album “Laughing With The Reckless.” Click on headline to see slideshow of images. Studio B Rewind is produced by Host Kim Clark and airs every Sunday at 7pm. Studio B is recorded and mixed by Sean Rubin.

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Ken Bigger

In 1941, famed folklorist and field recorder Alan Lomax recorded a banjo player from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His name was Bascom Lamar Lunsford. One of the songs Lomax captured for posterity was “Swannanoa Tunnel.” It tells an important and historical local story about a universal theme – the human cost of progress. Check out the podcast to learn more about this much written about tunnel in Buncombe County, NC.

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Live Friday, March 22nd between 2 & 3pm: Bobby Long

Mar 16, 2019

Singer/songwriter Bobby Long is originally from near Manchester, England, and now calls New York City home. His latest album "Sultans" is a rather psychedelic, Beatle-esque collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Jack Dawson, and we'll get to know Bobby and the making of this new venture of his when he visits us in Studio B before his show Friday evening at New Belgium Brewing in Asheville, NC - not to be confused with the New Belgium in Colorado, where he'll play on April 5th!

Band members posing in studio with DJ and Engineer
Vicki Dameron

SBR Host Kim Clark says we'll take a trip back in time and listen to Chatham County Line during this week's show. The band's session was recorded in November of 2018 at the Don Gibson Theater in Shelby, NC. The Raleigh, NC based group played songs from its traditional/roots music catalog and previewed an upcoming all-covers album.

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Vicki Dameron

Pre-Jam. It's an annual WNCW tradition. The event is a special concert held each year, at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, in advance of Warren Haynes fundraiser for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. WNCW Music Director Martin Anderson said the idea of the Pre-Jam started at the station. "What began as a live Studio B session and a great opportunity for various artists to meet and jam with each other for the first time, has now become a tradition with a vibe all its own, said Anderson.

WNCW welcomes Asheville, NC-based band TRAVERS BROTHERSHIP to Spindale, NC this afternoon. The soul/funk/rock/jam emsemble will share music from the group's up coming album "Let The World Decide," which will be released December 8, 2018.  The effort was produced at Echo Mountain Recording Studio and The Eagle Room, both located in Asheville!

You might know one of our favorite contemporary cosmic Americana troubadours... but do you know one of our favorite current power-pop rockers? They are one in the same, as Aaron's latest release "Karma For Cheap" is more reminiscent of his time with the New York Dolls. He joins us in Studio B before playing Ambrose West in West Asheville Tuesday night.

The Berlin-based trio Trouble Notes is Bennet Cerven violin, Florian Eisenschmidt guitar, and Oliver Maguire percussion. They play a powerful blend of EDM, hip-hop, and indie rock along with classical, klezmer and jazz. Get to know them with Renee in Studio B Monday afternoon, in advance of their Wednesday evening show in Asheville, NC.

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