bluegrass

From Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark - "We'll listen to Rich Mahan and his band live in Studio B back in August playing songs off Rich's latest album, “Hot Chicken Wisdom” We'll also dive into some straight-ahead bluegrass with Jim and Lynna Woolsey, who played live for us during Goin' Across the Mountain, and the cherry on top of this show will be a sampling from a recent live session with the Felice Brothers, who were here recently in support of their new album "Undress.

It's time for the Mountain Song Festival and folks are gearing up for another incredible music event at one of the most popular venues in western North Carolina, the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. The lineup, as usual, is phenomenal. The host band is a WNCW fave, The Steep Canyon Rangers. The Grammy Award winning group calls "The Land of Waterfalls" home - and, to the delight of music lovers, they play multiple times during the festival. Yes. The amazing, full lineup for the three day event looks like this:

FRIDAY

Not your momma's Argentinian bluegrass band... She didn't have one, did she?! Actually, this string band out of Argentina, Mexico, and North Carolina incorporates a lot of great Latin American styles into their shows as well as bluegrass and old-time, and we're excited to welcome to 'NCW for their first appearance. They play the Mountain Song Festival in Brevard on Saturday.

Stacie Huckeba

She's received three Grammy nominations, seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards, and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Dolly Parton credits her with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." And we get to host her for a solo session in Studio B on Wednesday, before her show with her band in Asheville Thursday night!

Joe Greene hangs out with these four Nashville musicians steeped in bluegrass, blues & country. They play Isis in West Asheville Wednesday, and the Blue Bear Mountain Festival in Boone on Friday.

We are happy to welcome back this Asheville-based bluegrass/Americana band, with a brand new collection of great songs called "Waiting On a Ride". Sam Wharton, Mark Schimick, James Schlender, Ryan Cavanaugh, and Charles R. Humphrey III make up SFTRB. Their gigs this week include the Transylvania County Library in Brevard this Friday, and French Broad Outfitters at Hominy Creek in Asheville on Sunday the 1st.

Collage of musicians playing music
Images By Joe Kendrick

When talking about how things used to be two decades ago, Adam Aijala, guitarist and founding member of Yonder Mountain String Band said, “We could play a hardcore bluegrass festival, and we'd be the weird band; we could play a jam band festival and be the only band without drums.” That’s not always the case for this now five-piece group nowadays, but they still find themselves in a place where few artists stay for long: bridging the musical territories of classic bluegrass with jam and psychedelia. 

Live Saturday, July 27th between Noon & 1pm: Backline

Jul 23, 2019

More live bluegrass coming your way from Studio B, as this 5-piece Spartanburg, SC band pays us a visit. As most of the band members grew up in "Mill Hill Towns" such as Pacolet, Glendale, Spartanburg etc., they took their name from a term often used during the booming textile era of our region. Learn more about it, and the band, this Saturday on "Goin' Across the Mountain!"

Live Thursday, July 25th between 3 & 4pm: Town Mountain

Jul 23, 2019

One of Asheville's best bands has a few more gigs in our area! Town Mountain is Phil Barker on mandolin, Robert Greer on guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo, Bobby Britt on fiddle, and Zach Smith on bass. They'll be in Charlotte at The Visulite Theater on July 25, at Charleston Pour House on July 26, and at The Orange Peel on July 27.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is known as "America's Favorite Drive," and in a few days, one of America's favorite events, located right off the Parkway in Floyd, Virginia, begins. FloydFest 19 organizers will open the gates July 24th and welcome fans from all of the world. They'll enjoy a five-day celebration of music and art, while basking in the beauty of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Oh yeah...

Two bands featured in Studio B
Lauren Wasmund and Nate Tadlock

Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark says we have a few of our long-time favorite musicians featured this week. The Tim O'Brien Band was in our studio back in May, playing tunes from the group's recent self-titled album. We'll share music from that multitalented band's session. Plus, we'll feature the music of former Band of Horses lead guitarist and awesome singer-songwriter Tyler Ramsey, who has just released his first solo album in eight years. Stay with us! It all begins at 7pm on Sunday.

Male and female musicians singing in front of mic
David Simchock

The husband-and-wife duo of Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller perform under their middle names. Zoe and Cloyd represent not only the partnership between Natalya and John, but a coming-together of two families’ musical traditions. Natalya is the daughter of a jazz pianist, and the granddaughter of a Russian klezmer musician. She herself plays klezmer and classical as well as mountain music.

We've got live music on Saturday during "Goin' Across the Mountain" with Jim & Lynna, an Indiana couple who are in the area for a couple of Upstate SC shows: Hillbilly Days in Mountain Rest on the 4th, and Frank's Coffee & Music in Inman on the 6th. Host Joe Greene will welcome the Woolseys to WNCW Saturday afternoon. Enjoy!

Collage of images of a WNCW DJ who passed away
Vicki Dameron

"This week on Studio B Rewind, we'll remember former Studio B Engineer and longtime WNCW Bluegrass and Gospel Music Host Dennis Jones by listening to him not only engineer sound, but also conduct interviews with some of the bluegrass legends that have graced our studio including Tut Taylor, Doyle Lawson, Charlie Waller, and the Lonesome River Band," said Host Kim Clark. It's a special Studio B coming your way at 7pm Sunday - a show created to honor Walter  "Dennis"  Jones who passed away Friday, June 14th in Shelby, North Carolina. Rest in peace Dennis Jones.

Alex Boerner

Austin & Sarah Osborne McCombie: a sweet couple who make some sweet music. Their beautiful blend of old-time, bluegrass, and folk roots include some warm harmonies, and we'll get to know them Friday morning before they play the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC Friday evening.

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