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Vicki Dameron

The 2019-20 season marks the 21st season for The Foundation Performing Arts Center, located at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC.  Foundation Executive Director  Russell Wicker was guest on this edition of The Friday Feature to cover the season's guests appearing from September through April.  Learn about dates for such musical acts as The Drifters and Balsam Range and a dedication to Sir Paul with The McCartney Years.  This interview first aired August 23, 2019.

The mandolinist for Balsam Range released a wonderful solo release this year called "Fret a Spell" (get it?), and he stops by for a visit with Jasmin Melton before Balsam Range plays the Cherry Bounce Festival in Forest City, NC  Friday night. Darren's own band, which draws from a variety of styles, plays Bearwaters Brewing in Canton, NC on Saturday, as well as the Folkmoot Center in Waynesville, NC on Sunday the 23rd.

This week we have a great selection of featured new releases.  Artists we are playing a bit more frequently include Balsam Range, Charles Bradley, Charley Crockett, Donna the Buffalo, Nikki Hill, Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, and Becky Warren. 

Goin' Across The Mountain Host Joe Greene welcomes members of Carolina Blue Saturday, December 15th in the One O'clock hour to talk about, and premiere, songs from the bluegrass band's new album, "I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me." They'll also talk about a very special event coming up next month - Carolina Blue is part of the lineup for our Annual LIVE Goin' Across The Mountain Show, January 18th 2019, at the Isothermal Community College Foundation Performing Arts Center, in Sp

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Martin Anderson

The Smoky Mountain News is presenting "Bluegrass Boogie" - just one of numerous events that will make up this year's Balsam Range - Art of Music Festival in Waynesville, the week after Thanksgiving.  Bluegrass Boogie includes live music by Ol' Dirty Bathtub and Darren Nicholson.  Reporter Garrett Woodward from the SM News is guest on this Friday Feature to provide all the details. Originally aired Nov. 9, 2018.

Posted by Host and Producer of The WNCW Friday Feature- Paul Foster

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David Simchock

A Deeper Shade of Blue is making waves with new CD Steam - and we'll feature tunes from that album for you throughout the show on Saturday. In our birthday window this week, we're celebrating with Audie Blaylock, Balsam Range's Marc Pruett, Ralph II and more in our weekly Bluegrass get-together. Join hosts Joe Greene and Todd Baldwin this Saturday, and every Saturday, on Goin' Across The Mountain. It's the best in bluegrass, so get on board the GATM train!

It's an allstar cast this week, with Paul Barrerre and Fred Tackett playing live for us in 1999, Amy Ray from 2008, and the multiple IBMA-award winning Balsam Range from September of last year.