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Firecracker has played everywhere from street corners, secret speakeasies, jazz festivals, & swing-and-swill dance halls, to Bonnaroo and the Kennedy Center. They've returned to the 20's -- as in the 1920's, give or take a few decades -- on their fine new collection of songs from the Teens through today, centered around their great Dixieland and New Orleans jazz heroes. Album release show Saturday the 14th at The Mothlight.

Bands singing and smiling in studio
Vicki Dameron

"We're covering a lot of territory this week, from Smith County Texas all the way to Paris, France," said Kim Clark.

Dave Creaney

One of the hottest trios to come out of Austin, Texas - and that's saying somethin'! - Elana James, Whit Smith and Jake Erwin have played music “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent) since the mid-90's. They play The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC Tuesday night, and the Newberry, SC Opera House Thursday.

It's time for the Mountain Song Festival and folks are gearing up for another incredible music event at one of the most popular venues in western North Carolina, the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. The lineup, as usual, is phenomenal. The host band is a WNCW fave, The Steep Canyon Rangers. The Grammy Award winning group calls "The Land of Waterfalls" home - and, to the delight of music lovers, they play multiple times during the festival. Yes. The amazing, full lineup for the three day event looks like this:

FRIDAY

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Irene Young

Twice a winner of the esteemed Scottish National Fiddle Championship, Alasdair Fraser is known as "the Michael Jackson of Scottish fiddling": what more needs to be said? Natalie Haas grew up in California and fell in love with Celtic music in middle school, and has worked with the likes of Altan, Solas, & Natalie MacMaster, as well as Mark O'Connor. The two have been forging a dynamic union of music for some 18 years now. "While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly.

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Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions (Fantasy) ($60 membership level)

Tom Petty – An American Treasure (Reprise/Warner) (2-CD's: $100 membership level)

Southern Culture on the Skids – Bootleggers Choice (Kudzu) ($60 membership level)

Cecile McLorin Salvant – The Window (Mack Avenue) ($60 membership level)

John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse) (2-CD's: $100 membership level)

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.

New Releases Available With Your Support: JAZZ

Oct 29, 2017

(The following thank-you CD marked with "**" is in limited quantity and only available by calling 1-800-245-8870.)

**Stephane Wrembel -- "The Django Experiment III"**

Van Morrison -- "Versatile"

Stephanie and Kim looking out a window at The Orange Peel
Photo by Vicki Dameron

Host Joe Kendrick brings in a fresh batch of new music for you, including jazz, funk, bluegrass, Americana and Celtic, with a Segue Of The Week going back to British guitar legend Bert Jansch’s 1979 album Avocet. DJ For A Day sees our own Stephanie Webb and Kim Henson prepping us for our Fall Fund Drive in a conversation highlighting what weeks (make that months) of preparation go into the event, and what is new for our lineup of thank-you gifts this time around. Many of these songs featured in the episode are on our thank-you discs available during the fund drive as well.

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.

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On The Way Up
Designed by Kate Johnson

Our spectrum of music in this episode runs from latin to jazz, to pop and rock, and our segue of the week pairs a lesser known bluegrass classic with the debut from a banjo prodigy. Also, for our “DJ For A Day” segment, we return to our Purple Prose theme in a new way, pondering whether some of these hyperbolic press releases could be art after all.

Centerpiece Jazz has been playing swing, Latin jazz, showtunes, and ballads since guitarist Joseph Hasty formed it here in Western NC in 1995. They are excited to now have New Orleans drummer Geoff Clapp joining them for a number of upcoming gigs, including Morganton on March 31st and May 5th, and Saluda on April 22nd.

Locally Produced Shows Receive New T-shirts

Mar 26, 2017

We are excited to offer all new t-shirts for many of our locally produced programs.  The t-shirts were put together and printed by Recover Brands on Recover t-shirts.  We have limited quantities of these special shirts, so please call 1-800-245-8870 to pledge for your t-shirt.  They will be available through the end of the Spring Fund Drive, which ends April 1 at 7:00pm.

Program Shirts Include:

Jazz Museum in New Orleans gains a new director

Jul 18, 2016

David Kunian is the new curator of the Jazz Museum in Louisiana. This museum displays instruments belonging to musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and "Creole" George Guesnon.

WNCW`s 2008 Top 100 Results

Aug 30, 2012

WNCW`s Top 100 CD`s of 2008

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