Joe Kendrick

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Joe Kendrick

WNCW's Joe Kendrick sat with Joey Burns of Calexico at a rare North Carolina appearance recently at the Cold Mountain Music Festival, at Lake Logan Conference Center in Canton, NC and talked about their new record with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, the things that Burns would like yet to accomplish in his nearly quarter century career, musicians he admires, how both he and founding member John Convertino have a soft spot for the accordion, and more.

In early June this year, our Program Director Joe Kendrick attended the Cold Mountain Music Festival at the Lake Logan Conference Center in beautiful Canton, NC. He had the opportunity to chat a bit with J.S. Ondara about music and the meaning of Ondara's song “Master O’Connor.” They also talk about the importance of writing one's own music and why the Kenyan/American musician rarely plays covers.  Finally... you'll hear Ondara's observations on American culture.

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.”

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Reed Foehl

Hello and welcome to WNCW’s new music podcast, On The Way Up, I’m your host Joe Kendrick for episode 40 of the show. Get set for some of the best new music to be featured here on grassroots radio, from acoustic to electric, from our daytime mix to ARC Overnight, and a whole lot in between.

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Vicki Dameron

We'll hear the ethereal songs and extraordinary harmonies of the Shook Twins, who were here in support of their new album “Some Good Lives,” said SBR Host Kim Clark. "Then we'll come down to earth with the blues rock of Frank Bang & the Secret Stash with good friend and musician Dan Johnston." We're always havin' a good time in Studio B at WNCW and we like to relive/revive/rewind and share those musical moments with you every Sunday evening at 7pm on Studio B Rewind.

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Vicki Dameron

This Sunday, Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark will bring us the pop/classical sounds of the Berlin, Germany-based ensemble the Trouble Notes in a fascinating Studio B session from this past November.

2018’s crop of new music is almost all harvested, but there are plenty of good songs to cook up and put on your podcast plate in this, episode 37 of the show. We’ll feature a couple of retrospective releases, with one from the late Charles Bradley, and another bootleg from Bob Dylan, who is up to volume 14 in that series. We serve up a punk cover by Ty Segall and a segue of the week from the Mekons, a set of new Christmas tunes, and much more.

Chris Mortenson

Calling the Herd! One of our favorite bands returns to the WNCW airwaves, this time from the stage of the Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby, NC. We'll air an interview between Joe Kendrick and Jeb, Tara & the gang in Donna the Buffalo, recorded during their soundcheck before their Saturday December 1st show there. They've got a great new album, so let's Dance in the Street! 

As many of our listeners know, we lost one of own last month on October 22, 2018, during our Fall Fundraiser. We lost our DJ Bill Buchynski and he will be missed sorely. His laughter and good humor will resonate in the halls of WNCW for a very long time. It has been difficult to move forward. We are, and in that spirit, our Program Director Joe Kendrick has come forward with some great recordings, from the WNCW Vault, featuring Buchynski.

Here's a message from our PD Joe K:

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Vicki Dameron

WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick is back with his popular podcast On The Way Up. Each episode features some of the best tunes that are either fresh out of the shrink wrap, or just making their way into the hearts of WNCW listeners. Kendrick said in this episode, we'll go back and look at some of the songs that were played the most on WNCW for the first ten months of 2018. "We are almost set to begin voting for the top releases of the year in making our top 100," said Kendrick. "That voting will begin after Thanksgiving.

Two of our favorite contemporary Americana stringbands, in a double-bill! Join Joe Kendrick as we bring you live interview sessions from both, amongst their soundchecks for their Thursday night show in Shelby, NC. We expect to go live with The Steel Wheels around 3:30pm, and Chatham County Line a bit past 5:00 pm.

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Joe Kendrick

Revisit Joe Kendrick's Session with Adam Elk in this podcast - Adam plays several songs on his acoustic guitar, and talks to Joe about things like getting his first start with his band "The Mommyheads" at CBGBs, the famous New York City Music Club in Manhatten's East Village - known as a rock/folk venue as well as the birthplace of punk. They talk about the band being signed to Geffen Records, getting dropped and taking a decade off, becoming popular in Sweden, and The Mommyheads being profiled one of the 10 worst band names of all times.

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Vicki Dameron

Joe Kendrick is hosting the Music Mix at 10pm Friday Night, Nov. 2nd. He has a special session and interview with Adam Elk of THE MOMMYHEADS  - Adam plays several songs on his acoustic guitar, and talks to Joe about things like getting his first start with his band at CBGBs, the famous New York City Music Club in Manhatten's East Village - known as a rock/folk venue, as well as the birthplace of punk.

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With a string of wonderful records going back to his 1978 debut, and treasured associations with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark, "The Houston Kid" is at the top of the list of Americana greats, and songwriters in general. Tune in as Joe Kendrick asks Rodney to share stories of Music City's heyday, and update us on his new collection of acoustic favorites and upcoming Christmas album. We'll be at the Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby during his soundcheck!

We officially have our new Crowd Around The Mic Volume 22 in our hands... you can have it in your hands too by making a pledge today! It's an amazing compilation of many of our Studio B performances from artists that dropped by WNCW in 2018. We hope you like it - we do! If you click on the slideshow in this post you can see all the artists that are featured in this incredible collection.

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