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Maggie Rainwater

The inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival, scheduled for September 4-5, 2020 in Mill Spring, North Carolina, is still moving forward in these uncertain times. Festivals everywhere have been hard hit by a summer of cancellations and an atmosphere of uncertainty, but we all will need to gather again soon. In the meantime, the Earl Scruggs Music Festival is proud to present A Month of Mondays, a series of lively livestreamed interviews between the festival’s artistic director Steve Johnson of SJ21 Music and select performers from the festival.

Wood Bros - Alysse Gafkjen | Joshua Meng - Vicki Dameron

WNCW Intern Joshua Meng takes a turn at the wheel with this episode, hosting and producing our latest collection of standout new music here. From weekday favorites like The Wood Brothers and Keller And The Keels to artists you can hear on our ARC Overnight shows, like Nicolas Godin, Joshua presents an eclectic mix, including a Segue Of The Show with bluegrass pioneers The Stanley Brothers.

It's almost Autumn and we all know what that means... it's time for the Carolina In The Fall Festival in Wilkesboro, NC! We're super excited for the 5th annual music and food fest that's hosted by our friends, the Kruger Brothers. It's happening this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20th - 21st. Many of our DJs will be emceeing at the downtown Wilkesboro event, including Program Director Joe Kendrick, along with Music Hosts Jasmin Melton, Renee Denton and Joe Greene! The lineup is fantastic. Check it out - this is from the festival web site: 

Since the day it was announced, western North Carolinians and music lovers nationwide have been anxiously awaiting the kick off of the innaugural Strings & Suds Festival, as have WNCW friends, fans and staff members. Now, the wait is over - the festivities begin on Friday, August 23 at 7pm at The Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Yes please.

Friday Lineup - Taproom Stage:

Danny Burns, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and Ashley Heath and her Heathens

We'll have LIVE music coming your way Saturday afternoon when Goin' Across The Mountain Host Todd Baldwin welcomes Carolina Divide to WNCW. The band members hail from both North Carolina and South Carolina, and as they say - "hence the name." They're known for their love of traditional, gospel and bluegrass tunes. We're excited to share a live session featuring these multitalented, local artists whose sound is unmistakenly deeply rooted in the south and in Appalachian music.

Our Bluegrass get-together this week will include birthday music from Bluegrass Boy Benny Williams, John Rigsby, Paul Williams and others. We're also excited to welcome the Warren Wilson College Bluegrass Band to the on-air studio during the one o'clock hour. Live music and birthday celebrations with Hosts Joe Greene and Todd Baldwin, this weekend on Goin' Across The Mountain from 11am until 7pm.

Speak with a volunteer at 800-245-8870! Each CD available at the $60 membership level.

Del McCoury Band – Still Sings Bluegrass (McCoury Music)

Becky Buller – Crepe Paper Heart (Dark Shadow)

Hot Rize – 40th Anniverary Bash (Ten in Hand)

Primitive Quartet – That’s Grace: 45th Anniversary (Mountain Heritage)

Earls of Leicester – Live at the CMA Theater (Rounder)

King James Boys – Time to Go Home (Pinecastle)

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NC Arts Council

Glenn and Lula Bolick of Caldwell County are 2018 winners of the N.C. Heritage Award, the state’s highest honor for traditional artists. Lula is a member of the Owens family of Piedmont potters. Glenn grew up in a family whose heritage of music-making, sawmilling, and storytelling goes back generations. He carries on all three arts today, in addition to the pottery-making that he learned from Lula and her family.