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It shouldn't surprise anyone that Western NC has some of the freshest, most innovative bluegrass being made, thanks in part to Fireside Collective. It's Joe Cicero on guitar, Alex Genova on banjo, Jesse laquinto on mandolin, and Tommy Maher on resonator guitar, and Carson White on upright bass. Their brand new album is a real winner! And they officially release it at the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Saturday the 14th.

We have a rather firy streak of local Studio B acts this week, with Firecracker Jazz band live Friday at 3.

Sunday, March 8th at 1pm: The Jeremiahs

Mar 6, 2020
Band members posing in Studio B
Photo by Vicki Dameron

This quartet is based out of Dublin, thanks to singer Joe Gibney and guitarist James Ryan, but fiddler J.C. Morel and flutist Julien Brunetau originally hail from Bordeaux, France. They've been crafting their own tunes (independently and in collaboration with others) since about 2013, and Gibney's lyrics in particular reflect a strong respect for Irish history, and compassion for humanity. They visited with Martin Anderson in Studio B this past Tuesday morning, and Richard Beard airs our session again during Celtic Winds.

"The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray…" He's been making music and performing around the world for over two decades now, and it feels like almost that long since we had him on for a live session. The long absence ends this Friday when he visits us on his way to Ambrose West in West Asheville.

Adopted from Texas and raised in Mississippi, Krista Shows was a kid who grew up singing in church. She spent time in Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Western North Carolina before returning to Mississippi in her early 20s. She's now back in Asheville, and has a sweet blend of folk, R&B, and country influences. She performs (with a full band!) at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville on Saturday the 22nd.

Live Tuesday, February 18th between 3 & 4pm: Gold Rose

Feb 17, 2020
Sean Rubin

This Asheville alt-country trio consists of singer/songwriter, guitarist Kevin Fuller, bassist Ryan Kijanka and drummer Ryan Sargent. The band meshes crunchy guitar noise with folk, country and Americana stories. They play the Mothlight in West Asheville on Sunday the 23rd.

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Umphrey's McGee

We know we have lots of Umphrey's McGee fans in our coverage area and beyond, so were offering up some tickets to see the band in Asheville, NC at the newly named Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville - located in downtown A-ville, NC in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Send an email to pledge@wncw.org and you'll be entered in our contest to win a pair of tickets to see this quintessential JAM BAND on Valentines Day, Fri. Feb. 14, 2020. CONTEST ENDS Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 2pm - so put your name in the hat and go see some killer live music!

Dana and Sue used to call Marshall, NC home, and many in WNC will remember this sweet couple contributing to the local old-time and folk music scene. They moved back to Vermont a few years back, and are back in the area in support of  The Town That Music Saved: A Collection of Vermont-Inspired Songs. They play Isis in West Asheville Thursday night.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Lincolnshire, England folk/blues musician Jack Broadbent has spent the the past few years wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar and songs. You've likely heard us play songs from his new album Moonshine Blue lately. He plays Isis in West Asheville Saturday night.

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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.

Asheville's Civic Center Has A New Name

Feb 6, 2020

For many years this downtown Asheville venue has hosted concerts, conferences, trade shows, sporting events and more, attracting attendees from all over western North Carolina.  What had been known in recent years as the U.S. Cellular Center has now become 'Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville' - the same Harrah's that oversees Harrah's Cherokee Casino in North Carolina. The Center's General Manager Chris Corl was our guest and he talked about what has happened and previewed news about exciting additions for the future.  

Ram Mandelkorn  (The Digs, other Asheville bands) has a great sounding squad that will join him in Studio B  before their album release show at The Mothlight in Asheville Friday the 31st. Get ready for an Earthquake of cool grooves!

From Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark:

Explore Asheville Arena at The US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC is welcoming the bold, feel-good, electro-funk band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, December 31, 2019. They'll be in western North Carolina at the downtown venue celebrating New Year's Eve! All you have to do is look at the image, reminiscent of Cheech in Earache My Eye, to  know you're in for a wild ride - a guaranteed high energy show! Tell your friends, make a date, give tickets as Christmas gifts to your coolest family members and fellow Pigeon fans!

Each year, The NC Dance Festival, a program coordinated by Greensboro based Dance Project, brings professional modern and contemporary choreography from North Carolina artists to audiences across the state.  As the Festival celebrates its 29th year, it will make a stop in Asheville in early October for several performances and also team up with several local groups like Buncombe County Schools dance students.  This interview first aired Sept. 20, 2019 with Anne Morris, Executive Director of Dance Project.

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.

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