live music

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.

One of our favorites returns to Studio B! The SCOTS lineup (Dave Hartman – drums; Mary Huff – bass and vocals; Rick Miller – guitar and vocals) has been playing together for over 30 years now. They're leaving the Kudzu Ranch to play Thursday evening at "Bonnamoo", a farm-to-table event at Cleveland Preserve Farm in the Spartanburg area. 8 piece box of fried chicken? Too much pork for just one fork? Banana Pudding?!

Live Wednesday, May 15th between 3 & 4pm: Alexa Rose

May 10, 2019
Ken Voltz

We fell in love with Alexa Rose's blend of folk and Americana mountain roots music in 2017 when her Low and Lonesome album came out. The Asheville musician won the "General" category in last month's MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for her new song "Medicine For Living", and she promises to include it in her live session with us on Wednesday. She plays Sunday the 19th in Asheville, and then May 30th in Charlotte.

Live Tuesday, May 14th between 2 & 3pm: Sugaray Rayford

May 10, 2019

“I’m a freak of nature / I ain’t no honey bee / I’m an unknown creature / The like you’ve never seen.” Thus begins "The Revelator", the first song on his great new release Somebody Save Me. And it also might describe Mr. Rayford pretty well, too. He's been nominated for two 2019 Blues Music Awards, and we can't wait to get to know him and his band Tuesday afternoon. They play Asheville Tuesday night, and Charlotte on Saturday night.

Live Thursday, May 9th just past 3pm: Tyler Ramsey

May 7, 2019

“Spending my time here in North Carolina, swimming in the stream and walking around in the woods, it’s part of my character as a musician,” says Tyler Ramsey, whose piece of land outside Asheville has definitely inspired his rich, lush new solo album "For the Morning", his first since his long tenure with Band of Horses. Roland chats with him in Studio B before his show with band at the Asheville Masonic Temple on Saturday.

Band posing in Studio B
Vicki Dameron

WNCW Music Director Martin Anderson calls Elephant Sessions "fresh and exciting." They are described as "trad-meets-rock" and are from the Scottish Highlands. "They have an exciting new take on keeping traditional Celtic music modern and new," said Anderson, who considers them one of the "traditional-plus" acts Doc Watson talked about when describing the wide range of different styles of bands that have always performed at MerleFest. The all-instrumental band represented the Isles at MerleFest playing two gigs, one at the Hillside Stage and one at the late night Dance Stage.

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