country music

Collage of images of Charley Crockett
Photos By Ben Christensen and Bobby Cochran

Charley Crockett loves to ride horses almost as much as he loves to play music. 2020 was going to be the year that I got to see him play his music live not once, but twice — first at MerleFest in spring, and next at Cold Mountain Music Festival in summer. Of course, the pandemic struck both of those appearances for Charley, and made every venue and festival reschedule or cancel the year’s events. The silver lining is that, most likely, I got to speak with him for far longer than I would have in person at either of those festivals when I called him while he was staying in Taos, New Mexico.

Photo taken at Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN By Vicki Dameron

One thing WNCW knows about is bluegrass, old time and true country music. It's a part of our electic music format which made this Friday Feature Interview of the Week even more special - when we learned all about the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies Program.  Interviewed on March 20, 2020 was Program Director Daniel Boner.  ETSU is passing on a legacy of music history that will help keep it going strong for the future.  

Live Monday, January 13th between 3 & 4pm: Vaden Landers

Jan 10, 2020

As a teen, East TN native Vaden Landers began traveling America's highways and railroads, studying American folk music styles like old-time, blues, & country, which he now plays with wonderful authenticity. We love his new "Broken Down & Honky Tonk Bound" collection, and he's got a string of shows in Asheville & Charlotte this month. Put on your dancin' shoes...

Collage by Kim Clark

Check out our New Releases on WNCW! You can access the New Releases under the Programming Tab on our home page, or click on the title above, and then click here: New Releases - You can access iTunes on the page and take a listen. We hope you enjoy the music!

2-CD release, available at the $100 pledge level. Classic hits from The Carter Family, Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, & more.

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...

Image of woman playing guitar
Vicki Dameron

We'll feature Dawn Landes in a solo acoustic session spotlighting tunes from her new album “Meet Me At The River.” Also, we'll hear music from Darling West, the Americana band from Norway with a great new album, plus we'll remember the late Tony Joe White by listening to him in Studio B back in 2014. Join Host Kim Clark for Studio B Rewind every Sunday at 7pm.

Twp guys showing off new blue and green WNCW shirt
Vicki Dameron

The Amazing Cosmic American Music Show is known worldwide! We have so many super Cosmic fans and they are making their voices heard through pledging support to 88.7. Make your voice hear now as well, and get one of these amazing new Cosmic Shirts! Call us 800 245 8870 or pledge online at

Thanks to Brad Watson for hosting the shows for nine years and thanks to Nate Tadlock for being one of the best volunteers in western North Carolina!

Images From The Studio B Session With YELLOW FEATHER

Oct 18, 2018
Band members in Studio B
Vicki Dameron

We had a great time taking these images in Studio B while hanging with the band Yellow Feather. The group calls Old Fort, North Carolina home. It's a small town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just eat of Asheville, NC. We were fortunate to share this LIVE Studio B Session with our listeners earlier this year. And, we've also been able to feature one of the Country/Americana band's songs, "Lucille" on our new Crowd Around The Mic CD Volume 22.

She's sold more than 12 million records, won 27 Grammys, nine Country Music Association Awards, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards AND two Gospel Music Association Awards. We've been playing her music on WNCW for almost three decades! She'll be in Cherokee, NC this Friday, September 21st at Harrah's. Showtime is 9pm. More Info