bluegrass

(These CD's are available online or call 1-800-245-8870 during Fund Drive hours)

Daniel Crabtree In the Shadow of His Wings
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers The Story We Tell
Kristy Cox Ricochet
Peter Rowan Carter Stanley's Eyes
Sowell Family Pickers Shadowlands
Special Consensus Rivers and Roads

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Vicki Dameron

Spring has sprung, the weather is getting warmer (kind of) and our semi annual fundraiser is right around the corner! We are excited, as usual, to welcome our WNCW friends and family members to Studio B, April 8-14, 2018. Long time fans and volunteers know we celebrate these events by creating a friendly, fundraising environment complete with good eats, lots of coffee and great music. During this week we need volunteers to help answer phones and take pledges from folks who wish to support WNCW. We've been doing this for 29 years and with your help, we can keep doing it!

From a source deep, abundant, and pure the river flows. It’s there on the map, marking place and time.

Band members smiling in hallway surrounded by cds
Vicki Dameron

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat in a live session from 2014 plus one of the hottest bands in contemporary bluegrass, Volume Five, playing live for us this past January. Join Host Kim Clark every Sunday evening at 7pm for Studio B Rewind.

VOLUME FIVE Live Saturday, January 27th at 1pm

Jan 24, 2018

One of the hottest bands in contemporary bluegrass pays us a visit during Goin' Across the Mountain, on their way to the Old Rock School in Valdese Saturday evening. It's not surprising that Buddy Melton of Balsam Range says, “What defines a great band?

WNCW is proud to again partner with the Foundation Performing Arts Center to present “Goin’ Across the Mountain Live.” WNCW’s acclaimed bluegrass show “Goin’ Across the Mountain” is a favorite of traditional and contemporary bluegrass fans across the region every Saturday afternoon. Now it comes to life on stage as we bring together some of the biggest names in bluegrass music.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Blue Highway with be playing this fundraiser for WNCW at Isothermal Community College Auditorium in Spindale, NC on Friday, January 12.  The show starts at 7 pm. 

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Vicki Dameron

Kristin Scott Benson is a member of the cutting edge, award winning bluegrass band, The Grascals. She is also a four-time recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Banjo Player Of The Year Award.

Click here to pledge for one of these new releases online or call 1-800-245-8870.

BOBBY OSBORNE -- Original

DALE ANN BRADLEY -- Dale Ann Bradley

DAVE ADKINS TRIO -- Turn to Jesus

DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER -- Life is a Story

THE GRASCALS -- Before Breakfast

LARRY CORDLE -- Give Me Jesus

Stephanie and Kim looking out a window at The Orange Peel
Photo by Vicki Dameron

Host Joe Kendrick brings in a fresh batch of new music for you, including jazz, funk, bluegrass, Americana and Celtic, with a Segue Of The Week going back to British guitar legend Bert Jansch’s 1979 album Avocet. DJ For A Day sees our own Stephanie Webb and Kim Henson prepping us for our Fall Fund Drive in a conversation highlighting what weeks (make that months) of preparation go into the event, and what is new for our lineup of thank-you gifts this time around. Many of these songs featured in the episode are on our thank-you discs available during the fund drive as well.

Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck
Leah Schram

We enjoyed welcoming Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn to the On Air Studio during Goin' Across the Mountain on October 14.  Listen to the replay of their interview and music.

Boston Bluegrass band Mile Twelve will be live in the studio this Saturday, September 23 during the 12 noon hour.  They will visit with Joe Greene during Goin' Across The Mountain and play some tunes in support of their new forthcoming CD "Onwards".

Interview with Bill Evans and Alan Munde

Aug 30, 2017

Bill Evans and Alan Munde visited with Joe Greene during Goin' Across the Mountain in early August.  Listen to the interview from their session.

Molly Kummerle
Ben Mason Photography

In this episode, a bluegrass legend meets an up and coming regional act, a punk rocker of days gone by finally gets his solo debut, roots music stars mingle with Americana expatriates, and DJ For A Day returns, this time talking with Molly Kummerle of the band Paper Tiger about being a DJ -- not on the radio, but at a party, a “Molly Parti” to be exact. There’s also the Segue of The Week, which matches a lady Australian rocker with a post-punk classic.

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The roots of the banjo trace directly to West Africa. White Southerners learned to play early gourd banjos, probably built from the African slaves’ memories. The banjo was popularized in the 19th century by minstrel shows.  Though it seemed close to disappearing in the late 20th century, the African-American banjo tradition has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, led by such young artists as Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons, Jerron Paxton, and Amythyst Kiah.

Fiddlers’ conventions have been going on in the South for over a century. Today you can find some of the very best fiddlers’ conventions here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since 1972, musicians have been converging on the town of Mount Airy during the first weekend in June, for the world-famous Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention.

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