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It's being called a one of a kind festival for the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It's the first annual Chow Chow Festival taking place in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina - September 12th-15th.  Chow Chow is a 501c non-profit organization - a culinary experience featuring great food, panel discussions, and chef demonstrations.  One of the leading chefs and organizers of the event, Katie Button, is our guest on the Friday Feature Interview of the Week from Sept. 6, 2019.

Since the day it was announced, western North Carolinians and music lovers nationwide have been anxiously awaiting the kick off of the innaugural Strings & Suds Festival, as have WNCW friends, fans and staff members. Now, the wait is over - the festivities begin on Friday, August 23 at 7pm at The Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Yes please.

Friday Lineup - Taproom Stage:

Danny Burns, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and Ashley Heath and her Heathens

The two Afro-Beat giants were bound to make a spark when they met. Kaleta, from Benin and Nigeria, has played with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Majek Fashek, & Lauryn Hill, and now lives in NYC. The 6-piece psychedelic Afro-funk-and-rock band Super Yamba formed in Brooklyn in 2014, and have had Kaleta fronting them since 2017. We're excited to welcome their big sound back to Studio B before their show Wednesday night at The Mothlight in Asheville, NC.

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.

Band in front of WNCW sign
Vicki Dameron

In the past few years Fireside Collective has been invited to perform at almost every major festival that exists, including MerleFest, Mountain Song, FloydFest and Telluride. There's a reason - they are fantastic, fun musicians. Our Sound Engineer, Sean Rubin, saw their magic last July when they played LIVE in Studio B, and immediately asked them to work on a WNCW Fundraiser Project.

Live Monday, March 25th at 10:15am - Rodney Dillard

Mar 22, 2019

He was a musician and actor on the beloved Andy Griffith Show, he's been inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame, and he's revered as a cornerstone of both country rock and progressive bluegrass. Rodney Dillard still keeps quite a busy schedule, which includes a show with his band at The Grey Eagle on Monday night. Rodney visits with Martin on Monday morning following the Ten O'Clock Doc spotlight on Doc Watson.

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!

He's known as the guitarist for Freakwater by many, the man behind Drunken Prayer by others, and, well, Morgan Geer everywhere else. Especially Asheville and Portland, where he splits his time living. Perhaps you know him from The Unholy Trio, or touring with The Handsome Family. Whoever he is, we'll get to know him in Studio B this Wednesday! Drunken Prayer plays Saturday at the Mothlight in West Asheville.

Man playing guitar
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.

Live Wednesday, November 28th at 1:30: Elise Davis

Nov 23, 2018
Jamie Hernandez

Nashville singer/songwriter Elise Davis released a compelling album this year called "Cactus." She'll play songs from it in a solo session with Joe Greene interviewing, before playing Asheville Wednesday night and Charlotte on Thursday.

Jeff Jeffares

It's hard to think of someone more qualified to spin an hour of great tunes than Randall. His songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, & Hot Tuna among others, he's played for many years with Steve Winwood, Gregg Allman, Widespread Panic, & Sea Level...and of course we love his own records, too! He and his band play Ambrose West in West Asheville Friday night.

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Wicked Weed

Mountain Heart began as an inventive, original bluegrass band back in 1998, and that inventiveness has only grown over the years. The group's 2018 release "Soul Searching" adds New Orleans jazz, soul, and more to its bluegrass roots. On Wednesday morning, November 7th, we'll share the latest "Wicked Weed Barrel-House Session" from Wicked Weed's Funkatorium. It was recorded by our Sound Engineer Sean Rubin last Friday, and the event was hosted by Martin Anderson. Stay with us all day and check out this special session at 10am.

Tune to 88.7fm or stream us at wncw.org and check out Seth Kaufmann's band Floating Action. We'll be broadcasting the "Wicked Wednesday" session recorded at the Wicked Weed Funkatorium  last Thursday in Asheville, NC. Program Director Joe Kendrick will talk with Kaufmann, between songs, about the band's new release "Heartache Essentials." It's Floating Action on WNCW, Wednesday, October 10th at 4pm during the Music Mix with Roland Dierauf.

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.

Live Music Calendar Recordings

Aug 28, 2018

    

    

    

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