bluegrass

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.

DJ smiling wearing headphones
Vicki Dameron

"It is with great sadness that we share the news of former WNCW Technical Director and Goin' Across The Mountain Host Dennis Jones' passing. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

~ David Kester - WNCW Director of Radio Operations

For more info please click on this headline, then click on this link:

Walter Dennis Jones Funeral Arrangements and Life Tribute Page

Live Friday, May 24th between 4 & 5pm: Tim O'Brien Band

May 18, 2019

We're excited to welcome back one of 'NCW's favorites, this time with his bluegrass band! After first hitting the scene fronting Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize in the '80's, Tim O'Brien has proven to be one of the most versatile, talented, and prolific of roots music leaders, be it Celtic, old-time, or his own singer/songwriter originals. He's back to his bluegrass roots these days, and Tim & co. play the Grey Eagle on Sunday the 26th.

Large group of people in audience at MerleFest
Vicki Dameron

It's hard to believe the 31st Annual MerleFest begins Thursday, April 25th - Yes! Are you going? We'll be there most certainly. The lineup, as usual, is FANTASTIC. You can find out more about the artists on the link below.

Female musician smiling in Studio B
Vicki Dameron

Happy Easter! Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark says we're in for a special show this holiday weekend. 'This ain't no country music for hipsters or posers - it's real.' "That's what No Depression magazine had to say about Sarah Shook & The Disarmers' latest album - Years," said Clark. "You can judge for yourself on the next Studio B Rewind when we hear the live performance recorded in our studio last month."

Raymond Fairchild Creates His Own Style of Playing the Banjo

Bluegrass banjo player Raymond Fairchild of Haywood County, North Carolina, embodies the spirit of originality found in many of the best mountain musicians. He has always done things his own way. His “Fairchild” style has gained countless admirers over the course of a long music career. Raymond has played many times at the Grand Ole Opry, and recorded more than 20 albums—two of which have sold more than a million copies each.

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.

Two men and one woman smiling sitting in air studio at radio station
Vicki Dameron

WNCW's Martin Anderson spent an hour with Rodney Dillard and Beverly Cotten-Dillard, who were in the area for a rather rare show with their bandmates, carrying on the tradition of The Dillards. First, they co-hosted our weekly "Ten O'Clock Doc" set, as Beverly and Rodney have many great stories about pickin' and dinin' with Doc & Merle back in the day.

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.

Band members smiling and posing for photographer in studio
Vicki Dameron

According to Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark, we've got a blockbuster show this weekend and the action begins at 7pm. "From the archives, we'll have Robert Walter's 20th Congress in session at the old Asheville, NC Music Zone in 2001," said Clark.  "Also, in remembrance of the late Peter Tork, we'll hear him and his band Shoe Suede Blues in Studio B in 2005.

Band members smiling and posing for photographer in studio
Vicki Dameron

The Steep Canyon Rangers performed live on our airwaves this past January, just as they were re-emerging from a well-deserved rest following a busy and successful year of touring on their own, as well as with Steve Martin.

Della Mae Live Thursday, February 28th between 3 & 4pm

Feb 25, 2019

They've brought their unique blend of bluegrass and Americana to some 18 countries representing the U.S. State Department, and they've got a terrific new release of material. Just back from the big Wintergrass Festival outside Seattle, WA, we're excited to welcome Della Mae to Studio B on their way to their Thursday evening show in Brevard.

Singer-songwriters Milan Miller and Thomm Jutz will visit Studio B this Saturday Feb. 23 in the 1pm hour around their shows in Lenoir on Friday and in Mars Hill on Saturday night.

Look who's coming back! One of the sweetest couples in contemporary bluegrass, and one of THE voices in Newgrass, for a wonderful union of talent and spirit.

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