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From WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick: This is the first of a two episode series on BJ Barham, front man of NC band American Aquarium, with in depth conversations with BJ as well as guests Ronda Chollock, a music promoter from Charlottesville, Virginia, and music artist Tyler Boone, who grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, but now calls Hollywood, CA home. We get into topics like how Barham articulates the dark history of the South so that people will start having conversations about racial and class divides, however uncomfortable those conversations might be.

We have ANOTHER ticket giveaway! You can see Chris Stapleton this summer - free! Enter by sending email with STAPLETON in the subject line to pledge@wncw.org - Contest ends Tuesday, Feb. 18, at noon. Share this with your friends! Chris Stapleton’s “All-American Road Show” will return this summer & fall with a new run of shows with stops at PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte on August 7th & more! The tour includes Elle King & Kendell Marvel! For more info go to livenation.com.

 

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Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

On this podcast of Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, learn how the much beloved musician, writer, photographer, singer-songwriter, songcatcher and television personality David Holt came to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina from Santa Barbara, California.

Guest on this episode of 'More To The Story' is Political Reporter for WFAE Public Radio, Charlotte - Steve Harrison.  Harrison talked about state judges who rejected state legislative voting district maps in North Carolina before that matter had moved forward.  In a second discussion, Harrison goes over Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden and how he declines to follow holding immigrants in custody as wanted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  This interview originally aired Nov. 13, 2019.

Friday Feature: Climate Change Theatre

Nov 30, 2019
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cocoparisienne

This Friday Feature lets you hear all about Climate Change Theatre. You read that correctly -  Climate Change Theatre!  CCTA was founded in 2015 and today presents national and international plays by playrights from around the world. The theme of these plays is how now is the time more than ever to make important changes for our climate. Tryon, NC just hosted a theatre presentation. Originally aired on Nov. 8, 2019.

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JCD Creative

This edition of More To The Story features a special investigation by the Greenville News.  The series was about Veterans Investment Schemes - Complicated and Confusing and how it not only involves victims in Upstate South Carolina but also courtrooms in Greenville seeking justice.  The reporters behind the story, Kirk Brown and Carol Motsinger are interviewed.  This conversation originally aired on Nov. 6, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of WNCW's More to the Story- Paul Foster, Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

The United Kingdom's new "Queen of Country Soul" has got to be Miss Yola! Get to know her as she talks about hearing Aretha Franklin for the first time, working with Dan Auerbach, & more. WNCW's Martin Anderson attended the 20th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville, and recorded interviews with her and other artists we love playing.

Band members playing bluegrass music
By Joe Kendrick

"Trout Steak Revival is based out of Denver, with members from their home state as well as Wisconsin, Michigan and New York," said WNCW's Joe Kendrick. "They formed in 2008 and have won several prestigious awards, including an Emmy for their soundtrack to a Rocky Mountain PBS documentary, the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, as well as having been nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association."

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 Friday, November 15th between 1 & 2pm: Young Mister

Nov 11, 2019

We had no idea who Young Mister was when we got his new CD "Sudden Swoon" a few weeks ago, but were instantly impressed with the songs and their arrangements from the first listen. Turns out he's Steven Fiore of Tryon, who had an 8-year stint writing for Universal Music Publishing Group, collaborations with artists including Art Garfunkel and Courtney Marie Andrews, and what sounds like a terrific home studio where this was recorded! He performs a solo session here Friday afternoon before a show Saturday night in Tryon, and a number of other cities throughout the South this month.

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.

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