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Smoky Mountain News and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine  - Reporter/Journalist Garret Woodward returned to WNCW on this edition of More To The Story.  Garret recapped his travels to catch great music festivals and in some cases, conduct one-on-one artists interviews from the Carolinas to NY State.  He shares his travels and stories.  Garret also talked about the passing of the legendary Raymond Fairchild, who he called friend.  This interview was aired Oct. 23, 2019.

While the word had already been spreading, WNCW and Concert Promoter Steve Johnson made it official that an Earl Scruggs Music Festival was coming next year.  There was no better place for the announcement than at the recent IBMA Awards held in Raleigh, NC.  The Inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival will take place Labor Day Weekend, 2020, at The Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. WNCW's Joe Kendrick sat down with Johnson at the IBMA's to discuss the event.  The conversation first aired Oct. 4, 2019.

Female fiddler smiling in studio
Vicki Dameron

"It’s not unusual for a mountain musician to be a part of several different musical traditions. A Blue Ridge fiddler might play in a mountain swing session on Friday night, sit in with an old-time band playing for a square dance on Saturday night, and sing in the church choir on Sunday morning. In this respect, Carley Arrowood is in good company. But Carley stands out in her youth: few artists as young as she have already mastered so many genres.

Photo by Joe Kendrick

The Slocan Ramblers hail from Toronto, Canada. Their debut album Queen City Jubilee  was a 2019 Juno Award Nominee for Traditional Roots Album of the Year. WNCW's Joe Kendrick caught up with them during a busy week of bluegrass and more at last month's IBMA festival in Raleigh. The Slocans are: Frank Evans: Banjo, Adrian Gross: Mandolin, Darryl Poulsen: Guitar, Alastair Whitehead: Bass

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We'd love to send you one or more of these as a thank-you for your membership! $60 level for each CD. *Note: some of these are in limited supply, so you'll need to call 800-245-8870 during our Studio B hours to order them:

Blue Highway -- Somewhere Far Away

Larry Sparks - New Moon Over My Shoulder

Michael Cleveland & Guests-- Tall Fiddler

Po' Ramblin' Boys -- Toil, Tears & Trouble

Billy Strings -- Home

Alan Bibey & Grasstowne -- Gonna Rise & Shine

Male and female laughing
Darin and Brooke Aldridge

We are excited to announce Darin and Brooke Aldridge will join Music Host Joe Greene, live in the WNCW studio on Saturday at 2pm to talk all things Inner Journey, their forthcoming new album. "Brooke was recently named the International Bluegrass Music Association's Female Vocalist Of the Year, for the third year in a row," said Greene. "Tune in a for a sneak peek at some of the songs on Inner Journey as Darin and Brooke get set for their hometown album release show at the Don Gibson Theater in Shelby, NC on Thursday October 17th."

Two bands playing bluegrass music
By Joe Kendrick

We've got two sessions recorded at the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual festival in Raleigh, NC for "Goin' Across the Mountain." At Noon Host Joe Greene will share music featuring Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; they won the Entertainer Of The Year award at this year’s IBMA as well as Collaborative Recording Of The Year for “The Guitar Song” with Del McCoury. Then, at 5pm, we bring you our Fireside Collective session. Jesse laquinto, Carson White, Tommy Maher, Joe Cicero, and Alex Genova comprise one of Western NC's most exciting young string bands.

Band members playing bluegrass music
By Joe Kendrick

"Trout Steak Revival is based out of Denver, with members from their home state as well as Wisconsin, Michigan and New York," said WNCW's Joe Kendrick. "They formed in 2008 and have won several prestigious awards, including an Emmy for their soundtrack to a Rocky Mountain PBS documentary, the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, as well as having been nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association."

Husband and wife duo Natalya Weinstein and John Miller take their middle names front and center with Zoe & Cloyd, and have added Bennett Sullivan on banjo and guitar and Kevin Kehrberg on bass. They released I Am Your Neighbor on Organic Records soon after our time together at the 2019 IBMA. WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick caught up with them in Raleigh, NC at the IBMA Awards and WNCW Host Joe Green will air that recorded session on his show The Tall Grass. Stay with us!

Joe Kendrick spoke with Trout Steak Revival at the IBMA gathering in Raleigh last month, and we recorded their interview and a few songs. Fiddler Bevin Foley  is a native of Colorado. Mandolinist/guitarist Steve Foltz and bassist Casey Houlihan both hail from Wisconsin. Dobro/guitar player Will Koster emigrated to Colorado after spending his youth near the forests and streams of Michigan. Banjo player Travis McNamara, the youngest member of Trout Steak, is from upstate New York.

"This week, a recent session with the regional bluegrass supergroup Songs From the Road Band, who were here just after the release of their latest album Waitin' On A Ride," said Host Kim Clark. "Plus, we'll take a trip into the archives for a very cool session with the legendary Peter Case, who stopped by Studio B back in 2004 in support of his now-classic release Who's Gonna Go Your Crooked Mile.

Molly Tuttle is one of the brightest stars in bluegrass, and among any styles of guitar players these days. WNCW's Martin Anderson attended the 20th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tenneesee last month and recorded interviews with her and other artists we love playing. We'll hear a couple of solo tunes too, from Sound Stage Studios there in this podcast.

Three men laughing in a recording studio
Vicki Dameron

Studio B Rewind Host and Producer Kim Clark says we'll hear session clips from two of our absolute favorite performers, Malcolm Holcombe and Greg Brown, who played music together in our studio back in August 2019. "Not only are they great singer/songwriters, they're great guys, too," said Clark.

Today representatives from the Earl Scruggs Center and WNCW 88.7 FM announced big plans for the First Annual Earl Scruggs Music Festival, coming September 4-5, 2020 to Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. Celebrating the legacy of an American music legend, the Earl Scruggs Music Festival will bring together artists from bluegrass, Americana, blues, and many other roots music genres to celebrate the pioneering vision of Earl Scruggs.

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