live music

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.

Here's something we've perhaps never been able to announce before, for one of your favorite programs: A live Swing Set during "Jazz & Beyond"! One of Rutherford County's hidden treasures is this 18-member band that plays a variety of jazz, funk, and rock hits. It's been many years since we had them in Studio B, and this time Roland gets to host them around the time of his weekly spotlight on big band/swing classics.

Live Wednesday, November 13th between 1 & 2pm: Lula Wiles

Nov 11, 2019
Louise Bichan

The trio of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin is rooted in folk traditions honed together in Maine, and at Boston's Berklee School of Music before that. Their online bio sums up their mission as perpetating "the people’s practice of sharing their communities’ struggles through songs. The band exists in the tense space where tradition and revolution meet, from which their harmonies rise into the air to create new American music." They play The Grey Eagle in Asheville on Wednesday, then Bristol, VA on Thursday.

Jesse Kitt

The wonderfully innovative world jazz trio out of Asheville (from left: River Guergarian, Chris Rosser, and Eliot Wadopian) has a new album called "Pursuit", and a release show this Friday at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville. Like their previous works, it explores a variety of musical cultures, and the universal language of sound they share in common.

David McClister

We look forward to getting to know this Nashville-based old time string band that brings a lot of passion to some of the best Georgia and Tennessee fiddle tunes. The Hogsloppers are Kevin Martin on fiddle, Daniel Binkley on banjo, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, and Casey "Pickle" McBride on the washtub bass. They play White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, and Barley's of Knoxville on Sunday.

This East Nashville songwriter (formerly from NJ and VA) confronts a number of topics with wisdom and humor on his new album Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs. “I try to write things that make me chuckle, and that chuckling is usually making peace with the existential dilemma of both the times and life in general,” Bradbury says. He visits with Martin in Studio B Friday morning in between shows at the Grey Eagle in Asheville Thursday night, and the Evening Muse in Charlotte Friday night.

This Alabama native sure has a lot of the Nashville scene that we love backing her up: from regular appearances at the legendary Bluebird Cafe songwriters-in-the-round series, to greats like Kenny Vaughan & the other Fabulous Superlatives, and Chris Scruggs adding to her 2019 release MECO. Get to know her, and stories about Nashville, her fascination with space travel, and more when she visits us before her show at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville, NC Wednesday evening.

We've loved getting to know Dori's work over the past few years, including through some of our live remote broadcasts from area venues when she's passed through our area. Now we get to welcome her to Studio B, on the release date of her wonderful new album Every Single Star.  She plays West Asheville, NC on Thursday, Knoxville, TN on Friday, and Vilas, NC on Saturday.

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.

Live Monday, September 9th between 11am & Noon: Si Kahn

Sep 3, 2019

Longtime Charlotte singer/songwriter Si Kahn is known worldwide for his songs supporting labor rights -- some two dozen at least. This past year, he received the Joe Hill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation, a recognition shared by Cesar Chavez, Hazel Dickens, Pete Seeger, & Utah Phillips among others.  He is also known for composing musical theatre ("Mother Jones in Heaven"), and collaborating recently with German bluegrass band The Looping Brothers. Si has a concert at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville with Joe Jencks this Sunday evening.

Not your momma's Argentinian bluegrass band... She didn't have one, did she?! Actually, this string band out of Argentina, Mexico, and North Carolina incorporates a lot of great Latin American styles into their shows as well as bluegrass and old-time, and we're excited to welcome to 'NCW for their first appearance. They play the Mountain Song Festival in Brevard on Saturday.

Two bands posing for photographer
Lauren Wasmund

This week, Host and Producer Kim Clark brings us Studio B sessions with two bands who have "tossed out the rule book" and are forging their own musical paths - the Resonant Rogues and Horse Feathers. "The Resonant Rogues weave together European, Middle Eastern, and American folk music on their new release Autumn of the World, said Clark.

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