live music

Alex Boerner

Austin & Sarah Osborne McCombie: a sweet couple who make some sweet music. Their beautiful blend of old-time, bluegrass, and folk roots include some warm harmonies, and we'll get to know them Friday morning before they play the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC Friday evening.

Live Wednesday, June 19th between 2 & 3pm: Horse Feathers

Jun 17, 2019
Alexandra Brennan

This indie-folk-rock band may be out of Portland, Oregon, and frontman Justin Ringle from Idaho, but they've got some Southern and specifically Asheville influences as well. Get to know them Wednesday afternoon when they visit on their way to their show at the Mothlight in West Asheville.

The mandolinist for Balsam Range released a wonderful solo release this year called "Fret a Spell" (get it?), and he stops by for a visit with Jasmin Melton before Balsam Range plays the Cherry Bounce Festival in Forest City, NC  Friday night. Darren's own band, which draws from a variety of styles, plays Bearwaters Brewing in Canton, NC on Saturday, as well as the Folkmoot Center in Waynesville, NC on Sunday the 23rd.

Musicians in Studio B
Martin Anderson and Jasmin Banner

It's Rising Appalachia on the next Studio B Rewind, with sisters Leah and Chloe Smith playing songs from their latest album “Leylines.” Also, Edward David Anderson, formerly of Backyard Tire Fire, performing tunes from his “Chasing Butterflies” release. Studio B Rewind - mini sessions just for you, every Sunday at 7pm with Kim Clark.

Live Friday, June 7th between 3 & 4pm: Darrell Scott

May 31, 2019

If you gauge your potential interest in an artist based on "one degree of separation", consider the following (in no particular order) for one of our absolute favorites: Guy Clark, Robert Plant, the Dixie Chicks, Tim O'Brien, Malcolm Holcombe, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless, Bill Frisell, Zac Brown.... Experience the great Darrell Scott if you haven't already! He returns to Studio B before performing Friday in Asheville and Saturday in Charlotte.

Live Friday, June 7th between Noon & 1pm: Matt Andersen

May 31, 2019

You're forgiven if you haven't yet heard of New Brunswick Americana artist Matt Andersen, but his latest album Halfway Home By Morning is actually his 10th release, and it's time we all start getting to know him and his work. After all, Andersen has received a JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, a CIMA Road Gold award, and six Maple Blues Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year. He performs Wednesday in Charlotte, Friday in Asheville, and Saturday in Carrborro.

After what seems like a bit of a hiatus, Undress follows the Felice Brothers' 2016 album Life In The Dark, and finds the group from the Catskills of NY in a very different place three years later. Between personnel changes, families growing and the political landscape, the result is a tighter, more-paired down release. They're in our area for a show Thursday night in Asheville.

Live Wednesday, June 5th between Noon & 1pm: Shinyribs

May 31, 2019

Kev Russell continues his musical path that began along the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders, coalesced with 18 years of records, tours, & fun times with The Gourds, and is now wonderfully expressed through Shinyribs. The band includes Winfield Cheek on Keyboards, Keith Langford on Drums, Jeff Brown on Bass, the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns, and The Shiny Soul Sisters - Kelley Mickwee & Alice Spencer. They play Wednesday in Charlotte and Friday in Asheville. We got your medicine! The sacred & profane!

Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, the home of Impressionism and Django Reinhardt, French guitarist Stephane Wrembel absorbed the great Gypsy jazz tradition through deep immersion of both the masters' techniques and the vibrant Gypsy culture. But his longtime love for Pink Floyd and other styles also winds its way into his work, as we'll hear when he returns to WNCW before his show Tuesday night in Asheville. The Stephane Wrembel Band includes long-time collaborators Thor Jensen (guitar), Ari Folman Cohen (bass), and Nick Anderson (drums).

Bands posing in Studio B With WNCW Staff
Vicki Dameron

Host Kim Clark will share an encore edition of Studio B Rewind with the Berlin-based trio The Trouble Notes and their genre-bending "music from everywhere for everyone" live in Studio B last November.  Plus, we'll enjoy some good ol' honky tonk rock from Western Centuries, who were in the area in support of their latest album "Songs From the Deluge."

 

Our favorite blues singer/bassist/gas can guitarist from Pelzer, SC returns to Studio B this week! It's always a blast catching up with Mac about his memories of playing with Muddy Waters and James Brown back in the day, and all the various projects he and his band are involved with here in the Carolinas these days.  Their upcoming gigs  include Sierra Nevada on Wednesday, the Spinning Jenny on Friday, and Sparkle City Rhythm & Ribs in Spartanburg on Saturday the 1st.

Band in Studio B with WNCW Staff
Vicki Dameron

We'll rewind Sunday evening with a session from Grain Thief, a string band from Boston, Massachusetts that sounds a whole lot like Appalachia, playing songs from their album “Stardust Lodge” live in Studio B back in early March 2019. We'll also share a session - a toast to this past MerleFest, with Elephant Sessions. Kim Clark says we'll celebrate a great interview and performance recorded at WNCW with this rockin' Celtic band the day after they departed the stage in Wilkesboro, NC. It's all on Studio B Rewind on Grassroots Radio, WNCW FM 88.7.

 

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.

Live Friday, May 24th between 4 & 5pm: Tim O'Brien Band

May 18, 2019

We're excited to welcome back one of 'NCW's favorites, this time with his bluegrass band! After first hitting the scene fronting Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize in the '80's, Tim O'Brien has proven to be one of the most versatile, talented, and prolific of roots music leaders, be it Celtic, old-time, or his own singer/songwriter originals. He's back to his bluegrass roots these days, and Tim & co. play the Grey Eagle on Sunday the 26th.

Mulography - Anthony Mulcahy

Matt Lorenz, a.k.a. The Suitcase Junket, is a one-man-band of guitar & drums, plus an arsenal of instruments built of broken bottles, thrift store forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, salvaged instruments, and an overhead compartment’s worth of luggage. The New Englander is known for  his "lo-fi, low-tuned, low-down blast of end-times folk blues. Matt Lorenz ... incants and intones like a cross between Hound Dog Taylor and a Tuvan throat singer who has swallowed a bird.

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