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We got to to know Boone-based singer/songwriter Shay Martin Lovette around 2017, and this year he won one of MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Competitions. He's also won in Telluride's Troubadour Songwriting Competition. He plays Park Rhythms at Lake Tomahawk Park in Black Mountain, NC Thursday evening, and Reevestock in Elkin, NC on Saturday.

"We've got the king of the gas can guitar - and one of our favorite blues singers, Mac Arnold & his band Plate Full of Blues playing live for us last month in advance of a string of shows in our area, Said Kim Clark. "Also, we'll listen to a session with Alexa Rose, who won a first-place Chris Austin songwriting award at this past Merlefest. She'll perform her prize-winning song plus preview a forthcoming album slated to be released this fall."

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.

Band posing in Studio B
Vicki Dameron

Last week we were trying to get Elephant Sessions in Studio B before the award winning band played at MerleFest. There were issues with delayed flights and what not.... however, they came to the station on Sunday, April 28th and the wait was WELL worth it. We'll be sharing that performance with you Wednesday afternoon at 1pm. Tell your friends and check out the slideshow of images!

Large group of people in audience at MerleFest
Vicki Dameron

It's hard to believe the 31st Annual MerleFest begins Thursday, April 25th - Yes! Are you going? We'll be there most certainly. The lineup, as usual, is FANTASTIC. You can find out more about the artists on the link below.

Three amigos hanging out in the hallowed halls of WNCW
Vicki Dameron

It's almost time for Merlefest 2019 to get underway and numerous other music festivals across Western North Carolina.  That's why this Friday Feature Interview of the Week features Garret Woodward, Arts and Music Editor for Smoky Mountain News, who will be traveling to various live music events and hopes to conduct some one-on-one artist interviews.  Garret also shares the thrill of now being a contributing writer for the legendary Rolling Stone Magazine.  This interview originally aired April 19, 2019

This award-winning trad-meets-rock 5-piece from the Scottish Highlands has a fresh, exciting take on keeping traditional Celtic music modern and new. Consider them one of the "traditional-plus" acts Doc Watson talked about for MerleFest; the all-instrumental band represents the Isles there this week for some dance sets on Saturday, before returning home for a number of great European festivals.

Band in front of WNCW sign
Vicki Dameron

In the past few years Fireside Collective has been invited to perform at almost every major festival that exists, including MerleFest, Mountain Song, FloydFest and Telluride. There's a reason - they are fantastic, fun musicians. Our Sound Engineer, Sean Rubin, saw their magic last July when they played LIVE in Studio B, and immediately asked them to work on a WNCW Fundraiser Project.

Two men and one woman smiling sitting in air studio at radio station
Vicki Dameron

WNCW's Martin Anderson spent an hour with Rodney Dillard and Beverly Cotten-Dillard, who were in the area for a rather rare show with their bandmates, carrying on the tradition of The Dillards. First, they co-hosted our weekly "Ten O'Clock Doc" set, as Beverly and Rodney have many great stories about pickin' and dinin' with Doc & Merle back in the day.

Image of Wild Painted Trillium with Fundraiser dates
Vicki Dameron

Our Spring Fundraiser starts Sunday, March 31st, at 8am! We are excited to meet up with old friends, fans and WNCW Members in Studio B. We have some super cool, new thank you gifts like new ball caps, new CDs, including a limited edition of a WNCW Collaboration CD featuring Fireside Collective recorded in Studio B this year.

WILKESBORO, N.C. (Feb. 11, 2019) – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions for MerleFest 2019: Amos Lee, The Milk Carton Kids, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Del McCoury Band, The Casey Kristofferson Band, and David Holt. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, April 25-28. MerleFest is pleased to welcome these six distinguished acts to the 2019 lineup:

WILKESBORO, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2019) – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions for MerleFest 2019: The Avett Brothers, Molly Tuttle, and Sean McConnell. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, April 25-28. MerleFest is pleased to welcome these three distinguished artists to the 2019 lineup:

Crowd of people at MerleFest festival.
Courtesy of MerleFest

Town Mountain to host Midnight Jam with Jim Lauderdale, All New Barn Dance

MerleFest On the Road Announces 10 Tour Dates

Jan 23, 2018

Pre-Festival Shows Give Fans a Sneak Peak of MerleFest 2018

WILKESBORO, N.C. (January 16, 2018) – MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 26 - 29, is proud to announce five additions to the 2018 lineup: The Mavericks, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Mandolin Orange, Alison Brown, and Brandy Clark. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

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