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From Music Host and Producer Kim Clark:

Molly Tuttle is one of the brightest stars in bluegrass, and among any styles of guitar players these days. WNCW's Martin Anderson attended the 20th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville, and recorded interviews with her and other artists we love playing. We'll hear a couple of solo tunes too, from Sound Stage Studios there.

Wednesday, September 25th just past 11am: Yola

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The UK'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. We'll hear a couple of new recordings from her too, from Sound Stage Studios there.

Compass Graphic Showing WNCW Fall Fundraiser Dates October 13-19, 2019
Vicki Dameron

Wow. It's hard to believe it's been almost three decades since WNCW first went LIVE - on the air, back in 1989. In just a few weeks, we'll open our Fall Funder on our "Big Three-Oh." The station actually went on the air for the first time on October 13, 1989 - Friday The 13th to be exact, and we haven't stopped yet thanks to our listeners and the thousands of supporters of great public radio. Speaking of...

Band members posing in Studio B
Vicki Dameron and Steve Bohn

"We've got a very cool Afrobeat session this week, with Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, said Host Kim Clark.

It's being called a one of a kind festival for the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It's the first annual Chow Chow Festival taking place in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina - September 12th-15th.  Chow Chow is a 501c non-profit organization - a culinary experience featuring great food, panel discussions, and chef demonstrations.  One of the leading chefs and organizers of the event, Katie Button, is our guest on the Friday Feature Interview of the Week from Sept. 6, 2019.

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.

One of the most revered storyteller/singer/songwriters of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and one whom we've loved playing and hosting at WNCW since our first years, Michael Reno Harrell returns to Studio B before his Saturday show in Asheville and a number of assorted appearances throughout the South this Fall. Consider this one of our first mini-celebrations of the station's 30th anniversary! Perhaps he'll have some "Southern suggestions" for us....

Stacie Huckeba

She's received three Grammy nominations, seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards, and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Dolly Parton credits her with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." And we get to host her for a solo session in Studio B on Wednesday, before her show with her band in Asheville Thursday night!

Joe Greene hangs out with these four Nashville musicians steeped in bluegrass, blues & country. They play Isis in West Asheville Wednesday, and the Blue Bear Mountain Festival in Boone on Friday.

On the latest episode of Down The Road on The Blue Ridge Mountain Music Trails of North Carolina, Host Laura Boosinger spotlights the multitalented musician Lillian Chase. She's a 6th generation North Carolinian, an award winning fiddle phenom who is 15-years-old and has already won the following awards:

Band members playing music in studio at WNCW
Photos by Kim Henson

"We're jammin' this week, with the Marcus King Band recorded live in Studio B this past July when they were back in Greenville for their “Hometown Throwdown," said Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark. "Marcus has spent a lot of time the last few years hanging out with the Tedeski-Trucks Band so we'll to take the opportunity to dip into the archives for a 1998 session with Derek Trucks as well." Studio B Rewind, every Sunday evening at 7pm on Grassroots, Listener Powered radio WNCW - 88.7 FM and streaming online at wncw.org.

Collage of musicians playing music
Images By Joe Kendrick

When talking about how things used to be two decades ago, Adam Aijala, guitarist and founding member of Yonder Mountain String Band said, “We could play a hardcore bluegrass festival, and we'd be the weird band; we could play a jam band festival and be the only band without drums.” That’s not always the case for this now five-piece group nowadays, but they still find themselves in a place where few artists stay for long: bridging the musical territories of classic bluegrass with jam and psychedelia. 

Since the day it was announced, western North Carolinians and music lovers nationwide have been anxiously awaiting the kick off of the innaugural Strings & Suds Festival, as have WNCW friends, fans and staff members. Now, the wait is over - the festivities begin on Friday, August 23 at 7pm at The Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Yes please.

Friday Lineup - Taproom Stage:

Danny Burns, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and Ashley Heath and her Heathens

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