doc watson

In May of 1989, Doc Watson was 66 years old. He was known around the world, and had already cemented his legacy, but was nowhere near the end of his achievements. With four Grammy awards under his belt, he had four more to go. He had yet to be inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall Of Honor, and was probably not anticipating that the National Medal Of Arts would be awarded to him in the coming decade. One of his great contributions to the music world had begun just the year before: the event which was born out of the tragedy of losing his son, MerleFest.

In May of 1989, Doc Watson was 66 years old. He was known around the world, and had already cemented his legacy, but was nowhere near the end of his achievements. With four Grammy awards under his belt, he had four more to go. He had yet to be inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall Of Honor, and was probably not anticipating that the National Medal Of Arts would be awarded to him in the coming decade. One of his great contributions to the music world had begun just the year before: the event which was born out of the tragedy of losing his son, MerleFest.

Monday, May 11th at 10am, from 1996 & 1997: Doc Watson

May 7, 2020
Linda Osbon Bost

We've got a special "Ten O'Clock Doc" set for you this time, with two of Doc's visits to WNCW back in the 1990's: Doc with Wayne Henderson and Charles Welch from March of 1996, and with Jack Lawrence from March of 1997.

Here are the two podcasts from these sessions:

MerleFest

Greetings from WNCW in Spindale, North Carolina! Oh my goodness... we are missing all the festivals so very much. We know you are too. MerleFest Reps are getting ready to re-live the 2012 MerleFest event online. WNCW is doing it in an abbreviated version. Our Sound Engineer, Sean Rubin, has been creating select sessions which we will air this week. 

Musician smiling in front of blue door wearing a hat
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

On this podcast of Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, learn how the much beloved musician, writer, photographer, singer-songwriter, songcatcher and television personality David Holt came to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina from Santa Barbara, California.

Circular WNCW 30th Anniversary Logo with sunrays
Rob Hibbitts

Our Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark has a super special show to share with us on Sunday, October 13th at 7pm. It's special because WNCW staffers went on the air on October 13th in 1989. Our wonderful host dug deep into the archives to put together a show that exemplifies the eclectic nature of all of WNCW's programming - then and now.

This Monday, July 8th at 9pm, on the eve of Major League Baseball’s All Star Game, WNCW PM Mix host Sander Morrison will present an evening of America’s favorite pastime in song! Expect to hear tunes featuring Bob Dylan, Mabel Scott, Paul Simon, Dr. John, Chuck Brodsky, Doc Watson, Peter Cooper, The Baseball Project, Steve Goodman, Dan Bern, Wynona Carr, Count Basie, Widespread Panic, Sam Bush, Abbot and Costello, David Olney and plenty more! That’s Monday Night, 9:00-12:00, PLAY BALL!

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.

Two men and one woman smiling sitting in air studio at radio station
Vicki Dameron

WNCW's Martin Anderson spent an hour with Rodney Dillard and Beverly Cotten-Dillard, who were in the area for a rather rare show with their bandmates, carrying on the tradition of The Dillards. First, they co-hosted our weekly "Ten O'Clock Doc" set, as Beverly and Rodney have many great stories about pickin' and dinin' with Doc & Merle back in the day.

Thursday, November 1st, 10-11am: David Holt

Oct 28, 2018

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, storyteller, and TV host David Holt returns to WNCW to talk about his new, 3rd season of great roots music from our region, "David Holt's State of Music." He and Martin Anderson will spin tunes from some of the musicians in this series' spotlight.

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