folk music

Live Wednesday, March 4th between 11am & Noon: Tom Rush

Feb 27, 2020

Tom Rush helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” His voice and guitar skills remain as rich and vibrant as ever, and we are honored to host him for a live morning session before his concert at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall Wednesday evening.

Live Tuesday, February 18th between 3 & 4pm: Gold Rose

Feb 17, 2020
Sean Rubin

This Asheville alt-country trio consists of singer/songwriter, guitarist Kevin Fuller, bassist Ryan Kijanka and drummer Ryan Sargent. The band meshes crunchy guitar noise with folk, country and Americana stories. They play the Mothlight in West Asheville on Sunday the 23rd.

Dana and Sue used to call Marshall, NC home, and many in WNC will remember this sweet couple contributing to the local old-time and folk music scene. They moved back to Vermont a few years back, and are back in the area in support of  The Town That Music Saved: A Collection of Vermont-Inspired Songs. They play Isis in West Asheville Thursday night.

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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.

From Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark:

It's almost Autumn and we all know what that means... it's time for the Carolina In The Fall Festival in Wilkesboro, NC! We're super excited for the 5th annual music and food fest that's hosted by our friends, the Kruger Brothers. It's happening this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20th - 21st. Many of our DJs will be emceeing at the downtown Wilkesboro event, including Program Director Joe Kendrick, along with Music Hosts Jasmin Melton, Renee Denton and Joe Greene! The lineup is fantastic. Check it out - this is from the festival web site: 

Life Like Water is the brainchild of David Matters, with bandmates Megan Drollinger and Charles Furtado, all of whom call Asheville home. Listen for some intriguing African and Middle Eastern influences in this folk/newgrass trio's sound. They played Sunday the 15th at Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River.

Perhaps what the world needs now, is a group that weaves European, Middle Eastern, and American folk music together into a beautiful tapestry that simultaneously showcases tradition and innovation. Enter The Resonant Rogues, an Asheville ensemble that returns to Studio B with songs from their new release "Autumn of the World." Their hometown album release show is at The Mothlight on Friday the 31st.

WNCW's new music podcast has lots of great new music featured here, with regional favorites from western NC like Tyler Ramsey and Rising Appalachia, and our segue of the show pairing songs written decades ago which have been covered many times, one of which is a brand new version from Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward.  Many of the songs on this podcast are also available on one of our Spotify playlists, titled “WNCW New Music.”

Female musician in Studio B
Vicki Dameron

This weekend Kim Clark will share music from Asheville, North Carolina's Empire Strikes Brass in a super funky session from last month, plus the “folkicana” music of The Contenders, who were at WNCW a few weeks ago in support of their album “Laughing With The Reckless.” Click on headline to see slideshow of images. Studio B Rewind is produced by Host Kim Clark and airs every Sunday at 7pm. Studio B is recorded and mixed by Sean Rubin.

Woman smiling holding guitar
Vicki Dameron

The multiple Grammy-winning and genre-stretching bluegrass band Mountain Heart recorded at Wicked Weed's Funkatorium in Asheville, NC, in early November 2018, as part of the WNCW and Funkatorium Barrell House Sessions. Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark will share tunes from that event. We'll also revisit a session produced in Studio B with singer/songwriter Vanessa Peters, whose latest album was inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. Click on slideshow icon to see more images! Studio B Rewind, every Sunday at 7pm with Kim Clark.

 

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 wncw.org

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!

Nina Simone became one of the iconic singers of jazz and soul of the 1960s and a strong voice for Civil Rights. She got her start in her hometown of Tryon, N.C., playing piano and singing in her church choir. The "Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina" podcast highlights bluegrass and old-time music stories, performers, and traditions across the mountain and foothills counties of Western North Carolina.

WNCW DJs, staff and volunteers will be at the Fall For Greenville Festival begining today, Friday - October 12th. Renee Denton and Spencer Jones will emcee on the various different stages through the weekend. Our staff and volunteers will be at the WNCW Tent Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come out and say hello to us! Enjoy the beautiful weather, listen to great music and eat super good food! Come to Downtown Greenville, South Carolina and see for yourself why Travel and Leisure Magazine named it one of the best festivals in the southeast.

Man holding guitar looking serious and pensive
Vicki Dameron

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