Blues

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.

image of singer songwriter Chuck Brodsky sitting, smiling and holding guitar
Vicki Dameron

One of our favorite singer/songwriters, Chuck Brodsky, plays songs from his new album “Them and Us.” We'll also catch a 2006 session with the ragtime/hillbilly swing outfit the Wiyos, and we'll reach way back in the vaults to listen to bluesman John Hammond playing live for us in 1998.

Playback: Mac Arnold Interview with Renee Denton

Mar 5, 2018
Mac Arnold and Renee Denton standing outside WNCW's Studio.
Courtesy of Renee Denton

Mac Arnold recently visited the station for an interview with Renee. This interview originally aired during Local Color on February 26!

Chicago native Frank Bang was Buddy Guy's guitarist, and now plays with his band the Cook County Kings. He and Black Mountain's Dan Johnston stop by for a live "Spoonful of Blues" before playing White Horse Black Mountain Thursday evening.

Nick Moss
Michael Heeschen

Let's kick off September with a blast of live blues! We will be live on the air with the Nick Moss Band from Charlotte's Neighborhood Theatre on Friday, September 1.  Moss explains his band's passion: "While modern and progressive blues has been an element to explore and incorporate into our shows, everything we do is based on traditional blues. Blues is first and foremost an American African art form and is America's gift to the world. Whether or not people realize it or acknowledge it, the root of all popular music goes back to the blues.”

In this episode, we run the gamut from artists who are brand new on the scene to longstanding, award-winning favorites. This batch of music tends towards the jazzy, bluesy and poppy side of WNCW’s music mix, and begins with an artist who is returning to an inspiration some 40 years on, now bringing elements he never yet dared to his sound. We’ll feature a Segue Of The Week matching a new artist from Australia with a band that has evoked America’s Southwest for decades, and a lot more.

Playlist:

Daniel Coston will visit with Mike Dew during this week's Saturday Night House Party.  He will talk about his new book on the Double Door.

Country music came into the American mainstream with the Carter Family, but A.P. Carter relied heavily on African-American blues guitarist Lesley Riddle of Yancey County, N.C. In 1927, Lesley met A.P. in Bristol, Tenn. and helped the Carters collect the songs across Appalachia that would become country music classics. Now Burnsville pays tribute to the blues musician with annual Riddlefest.

On The Way Up | Episode 14

May 9, 2017
On The Way Up
Designed by Kate Johnson

This week on "On The Way Up", we will feature music ranging from electronica to blues.  Hear a Bob Dylan cover from Old Crow Medicine Show and new tunes from Jon Stickley Trio and Justin Townes Earle.  In the DJ for a Day segment, Joe Kendrick talks about DJ pet peeves.

1.    Old Crow Medicine Show “Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat” from 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde

2.    Jon Stickley Trio “Almost With You” from Maybe Believe

Steve Hecht
http://www.piedmonttalent.com

We recently received a generous donation from Laurel Hecht in memory of her husband Steve Hecht, who was a long-time blues host at WNCW.  This special offer is available today only on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.    Donations of $100 or more will automatically receive one of these three cd grab bag of blues discs in addition to the choice of membership gift and Gold Member Card.  

Studio B Rewind, January 20th at 6pm With Kim Clark

Jan 20, 2017

This week we'll be featuring a great session from 2004 with Peter Case. "His song choices span just about the entirety of his solo career," said host Kim Clark. "He tells some great stories about being a street performer in San Francisco in the early '70s and he talks about his first band the Nerves and about the mainstream success of the Plimsouls." Tonight, Kim will also feature a 2006 session with one of the best blues singers we've ever had in our studio - the late Robin Rogers, from Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

WNCW's 2012 Top 100 Results

Dec 28, 2012

Click here to see Staff Results.

Scroll down to see results for the Regional and Blues contests.

Top 100

1. Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

2. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls

3. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden

4. Honeycutters - When Bitter Met Sweet

5. Steep Canyon Rangers - Nobody Knows You

6. Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott - We`re Usually a Lot Better Than this

7. Bob Dylan - Tempest

8. Dr. John - Locked Down

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