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What a great soul sound this act has - imagine Curtis Mayfield and band still going strong. American Love Call is the latest from this group fronted by vocalist Jones and drummer Aaron Frazer, and they play Asheville Tuesday night.  Frazer explains part of their mission: “As America grows more diverse, we have the opportunity to form the strong, interwoven tapestry that we’ve long claimed. When we find a way to unite across our various movements and see the commonalities of our struggles, we can begin to push forward together.

Musicians playing music and holding an album in a collage
Photo of Courtney Marie Andrews by Joe Kendrick - Photo of Darrin Bradbury Courtesy of Mr. Bradbury

"We've got a nugget from the archives this week as we rewind back to 2018 for a session with Courtney Marie Andrews and her band when they were in our area in support of the album May Your Kindness Remain," said SBW Host Kim Clark.  We'll also revisit a recent session with Nashville singer/songwriter Darrin Bradbury, who played songs from his release Talking Dogs and Atom Bombs.

Our friends in Unspoken Tradition bring some live bluegrass to "Goin' Across the Mountain" this Saturday! As they say most accurately, their material reflects the ever-changing culture of Western & Central North Carolina where they call home. Audie McGinnis on guitar, Ty Gilpin on mandolin, Tim Gardner on fiddle, Sav Sankaran on bass, & Zane McGinnis on banjo. They play Saturday night at Isis Resturant & Music Hall in Asheville, NC.

We were pleased to learn the news recently that David Childers has a new project! His band the Serpents has a bit of a different sound than his Modern Don Juans, and they've just released an album that was recorded old-school, analog-style titled "Interstate Lullaby" which will be featured during "New Tunes at 2" this Tuesday. They'll debut some new songs live in Studio B. Upcoming shows include the WinterSkunk Music Fest at the Spinning Jenny in Greer on Saturday the 8th, followed by appearances in Boone, Charlotte, NC and more.

We're giving tickets away again and we love doing it for our spectacular listeners! Shoot us an email at pledge@wncw.org and put WinterSkunk in the subject line. Contest ends Monday, February 3,  at Noon. Tell your friends!

After moving around for a number of years, Christopher Paul Stelling has been settling down some in Asheville. But he's just about to embark on a national tour for his new album Best of Luck, produced by one of his biggest fans and mentors, Ben Harper. “I really believe this record is the intersection where folk and soul meet,” Harper says.

Ram Mandelkorn (The Digs, other Asheville bands) has a great sounding squad that will join him in Studio B  before their album release show at The Mothlight in Asheville Friday the 31st. Get ready for an Earthquake of cool grooves!

Sunday, December 1st at 1pm: Sue Richards & Robin Bullock

Nov 24, 2019

We ease into the Holiday Season with two expert Celtic musicians, both of whom have moved to Western NC from the DC area. Sue Richards has won multiple awards for her Scottish harp playing, and Robin Bullock is a treasured master guitarist with the Swannanoa Gathering, Swannanoa Solstice, and more.

The two of them talk with Martin Anderson about their collaboration recording "Highland Ramble: Celtic Music From the the Carolina Mountains", and their upcoming Celtic Christmas Trio concert with Steve Baughman at White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday the 1st.

Live Thursday, November 21st between 11am & Noon

Nov 16, 2019

Maya DeVitry spent 7 years as a member of the Stray Birds, before launching a solo career this year with her own album, and now another one set for 2020 release. Anna Tivel has four full-length albums out on Portland’s well-loved Fluff & Gravy Records, with her latest considered "one of the most ambitious folk records of 2019" by NPR. Together they play Carrboro, NC on Tuesday, and West Asheville, NC on Thursday.

Eric D. Johnson, a.k.a. Fruit Bats, released "Gold Past Life" this year, a wonderful folk-pop-rock album that is his 8th album, and 3rd in a bit of a triology. How to define the music? “Fruit Bats makes existential make-out music,” Eric describes with a chuckle. “But you’re also welcome to dive into it deeper if you want. Good pop music should be sublime like that.” Showtime at The Mothlight in West Asheville Tuesday is 8pm.

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