Blues

Collage by Kim Clark

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Compass Graphic Showing WNCW Fall Fundraiser Dates October 13-19, 2019
Vicki Dameron

Wow. It's hard to believe it's been almost three decades since WNCW first went LIVE - on the air, back in 1989. In just a few weeks, we'll open our Fall Funder on our "Big Three-Oh." The station actually went on the air for the first time on October 13, 1989 - Friday The 13th to be exact, and we haven't stopped yet thanks to our listeners and the thousands of supporters of great public radio. Speaking of...

Alex knows how to combine some of the best area musicians, and also knows how to combine blues, rock, and folk into a compelling blend. They have an album release show for "Sleeping On the Woodlands" at Ambrose West in West Asheville on Sunday evening.

Dave Creaney

One of the hottest trios to come out of Austin, Texas - and that's saying somethin'! - Elana James, Whit Smith and Jake Erwin have played music “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent) since the mid-90's. They play The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC Tuesday night, and the Newberry, SC Opera House Thursday.

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.

Band members playing music in studio at WNCW
Photos by Kim Henson

"We're jammin' this week, with the Marcus King Band recorded live in Studio B this past July when they were back in Greenville for their “Hometown Throwdown," said Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark. "Marcus has spent a lot of time the last few years hanging out with the Tedeski-Trucks Band so we'll to take the opportunity to dip into the archives for a 1998 session with Derek Trucks as well." Studio B Rewind, every Sunday evening at 7pm on Grassroots, Listener Powered radio WNCW - 88.7 FM and streaming online at wncw.org.

Bands posing and playing music in Studio B
By Lauren Wasmund and Steel Wheels

"It's certainly not unusual for us to have a blues band in our studio, and it's not unheard of for us to have a one-man band play live for us either, said Kim Clark. "It is, however, unusual for us to host a one-man blues band that features Tuvan throat singing, a suitcase used as a bass drum, with a box of bones and silverware, a baby shoe hitting a gas can, a circular saw blade, and a cook pot.

Band members smiling and singing in Studio B
Vicki Dameron

Studio B rewind Host Kim Clark says we'll be covering a lot of territory on the next Studio B Rewind, from Smith County Texas all the way to Paris, France. "Representing the Lonestar State is exuberant bluesman Sugaray Rayford, who was here with his band back in May to play songs from the group's new album Somebody Save Me," said Clark.

"We've got the king of the gas can guitar - and one of our favorite blues singers, Mac Arnold & his band Plate Full of Blues playing live for us last month in advance of a string of shows in our area, Said Kim Clark. "Also, we'll listen to a session with Alexa Rose, who won a first-place Chris Austin songwriting award at this past Merlefest. She'll perform her prize-winning song plus preview a forthcoming album slated to be released this fall."

Our favorite blues singer/bassist/gas can guitarist from Pelzer, SC returns to Studio B this week! It's always a blast catching up with Mac about his memories of playing with Muddy Waters and James Brown back in the day, and all the various projects he and his band are involved with here in the Carolinas these days.  Their upcoming gigs  include Sierra Nevada on Wednesday, the Spinning Jenny on Friday, and Sparkle City Rhythm & Ribs in Spartanburg on Saturday the 1st.

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.

Live Thursday, March 21st between 3 & 4pm: Tony Eltora

Mar 16, 2019

Tony helped put Taylorsville, NC on the musical map for us a couple years ago with his nice collection of blues, folk and rock, "Between Love & Tragedy." He's got a new one coming out, and a release show on Saturday in Morganton. Aside from his music, we like that Tony helped found the Hickory Music Factory in 2012, a non profit organization in Hickory, NC with the mission to build futures through music by teaching, performance and community outreach.

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.

Seth Walker
Zack Smith

We've enjoyed following Seth Walker's Americana/blues career these past 15 years, and we really like the direction he's taken on this new album Are You Open? He plays The Rooster's Wife in Aberdeen on Valentine's Day (awwww) and Free Range Brewing in Charlotte on Friday.

Mac Arnold and Renee Denton standing outside WNCW's Studio.
Courtesy of Renee Denton

Renee Denton will be airing an interview with legendary blues man, Mac Arnold on Local Color Monday evening, July 16th, at 8pm to talk about a show benefiting his "I Can Do Anything Foundation" to support the preservation of music education in public schools. The event, Mac's Cornbread Festival, will be held Saturday, July 21st in Travelers Rest, SC at the Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom - 12-10pm.

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