blues music

From WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick: You will never be bored when it comes to Paul Thorn. Whether it’s his life story, his conversations, or his main gig, music, there’s nothing run of the mill about any of it. None of it is what you would call normal, but at the same time, everything about him has a wide appeal and relatability. There’s the surface level of what seems like a carnival show, but pretty quickly it’s obvious that, deeper down, there’s a profound love for humanity, a rare level of self-awareness, wit and intelligence in everything he does.

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Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Lincolnshire, England folk/blues musician Jack Broadbent has spent the the past few years wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar and songs. You've likely heard us play songs from his new album Moonshine Blue lately. He plays Isis in West Asheville Saturday night.

Thursday, September 26th just past 11am: Bobby Rush

Sep 20, 2019

Bobby Rush has been playing the blues and R&B chitlin' circuit for some 70 years now, and shows no sign of slowing down. The recent Grammy winner talks about music over the years, his new album, oh and an upcoming Eddie Murphy blaxploitation film he costars in... WNCW's Martin Anderson attended the 20th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville, and recorded interviews with him and other artists we love playing. We'll hear a couple of solo tunes too, from Sound Stage Studios there.

Live Tuesday, May 14th between 2 & 3pm: Sugaray Rayford

May 10, 2019

“I’m a freak of nature / I ain’t no honey bee / I’m an unknown creature / The like you’ve never seen.” Thus begins "The Revelator", the first song on his great new release Somebody Save Me. And it also might describe Mr. Rayford pretty well, too. He's been nominated for two 2019 Blues Music Awards, and we can't wait to get to know him and his band Tuesday afternoon. They play Asheville Tuesday night, and Charlotte on Saturday night.

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Looking for some South Carolina festival fun? Clemson Music Festival is the answer! Check out the info below and make plans with friends to attend one or both of these events.

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We'll hear the ethereal songs and extraordinary harmonies of the Shook Twins, who were here in support of their new album “Some Good Lives,” said SBR Host Kim Clark. "Then we'll come down to earth with the blues rock of Frank Bang & the Secret Stash with good friend and musician Dan Johnston." We're always havin' a good time in Studio B at WNCW and we like to relive/revive/rewind and share those musical moments with you every Sunday evening at 7pm on Studio B Rewind.

Our Fall Fundraiser starts this Sunday, October 21st, at 7am! We are super excited to meet up with old friends, fans, and WNCW Members, in Studio B this weekend. We have LOTS of new thank you gifts - cool stuff like our new Crowd Around The Mic Vol. 22. There's info on this homepage about the artists featured on the two-cd compilation. Just click on the slideshow to view liner notes! We are also offering a new handmade coffee mug, new tee-shirt designs, a new hoodie, a WNCW Nalgene Bottle, fishing trips, concert tickets, cds, gift certificates and much more!

It’s nearly impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, the 14-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Madisonville, TN. While the music of this “modern-day Janis Joplin” has been described as “old-timey,” she adds her own unique, contemporary blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a sprinkling of blues, delivering vivid emotion with every spirited yet haunting note. She'll be at the Isothermal Community College Performing Arts Center, Saturday, October 6th. Showtime is at 7:30pm