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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....

Tune in as we welcome two of our all-time favorite songwriters to Studio B, for a song swap in advance of their Asheville show Friday night. The Grey Eagle concert is a fundraiser for Beloved Asheville, which provides opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to use their voices, skills and unique gifts to transform their lives and communities.

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Mike Gavin

Isothermal Community College recently hosted the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents Summer Quarterly Meeting.  Over 50 college presidents from all over the state gathered on the ICC campus.  This included outgoing President of the NCACCP, this past year, Dr. David Shockley - president of Surry Community College.  Shockley is guest on this Friday Feature from August 9, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature Interview- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

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John Gillespie

Dan Lotti once said, “For me, the whole artistic process is rooted in a sort of spiritual practice. I’m not outwardly yogic, but every single day I’m involved in a yogic practice of meditation and stretching. I think that practice inevitably breathes and inspires the music. It opens you up to a lot of different perspectives.” For Dan and his band Dangermuffin, the music they make is meant for both fun and for healing. Their songs are both for bringing community together, and for letting loose and enjoying a tight jam. Here, those jams are mostly acoustic.

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Jay Leutze

This edition of More To The Story covered some of the latest news headlines from the pages of The Asheville Citizen Times.  Editor and Columnist Casey Blake was our guest of this interview from July 24, 2019.  Items discussed include:

Buncombe County to receive its first state park

An Asheville sinkhole receives a cult like following and

Charges in the setting of a fire to the former French Broad School building.

The two Afro-Beat giants were bound to make a spark when they met. Kaleta, from Benin and Nigeria, has played with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Majek Fashek, & Lauryn Hill, and now lives in NYC. The 6-piece psychedelic Afro-funk-and-rock band Super Yamba formed in Brooklyn in 2014, and have had Kaleta fronting them since 2017. We're excited to welcome their big sound back to Studio B before their show Wednesday night at The Mothlight in Asheville, NC.

At 7pm Sunday evening, Studio B Host Kim Clark will share music from some WNCW perennial favorites, including Darrell Scott, who was here for an interview and performance session this past June 7th - 23 years, to the day of his visit here with Sam Bush, John Cowan and Larry Atamanuik, back in 1996. Our host will also bring the good vibes and sweet harmonies of the Chatham Rabbits to the airwaves Sunday evening. Clark says the band's songs are steeped in the culture and history of working-class North Carolina.

Charlotte City Council recently approved its budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.  Reporter Steve Harrison of WFAE Public Radio (Charlotte) shared what's in store for citizens by changes that are expected.  Steve talks about the city's general fund, transportation, affordable living, and City workers pay during this WNCW interview.  This interview first aired June 19, 2019.

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

The group, Partners Behavioral Health Management serves eight counties in North Carolina; Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry, and Yadkin.  Fixing to be added to their list is Rutherford County. Joining WNCW on this Friday Feature from June 14, 2019 was Partners CEO Rhett Melton, who covers this groups mission, offerings, and what's to come with the addition of a Rutherford office.

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Joe Kendrick

WNCW's Joe Kendrick sat with Joey Burns of Calexico at a rare North Carolina appearance recently at the Cold Mountain Music Festival, at Lake Logan Conference Center in Canton, NC and talked about their new record with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, the things that Burns would like yet to accomplish in his nearly quarter century career, musicians he admires, how both he and founding member John Convertino have a soft spot for the accordion, and more.

WNCW's new music podcast has lots of great new music featured here, with regional favorites from western NC like Tyler Ramsey and Rising Appalachia, and our segue of the show pairing songs written decades ago which have been covered many times, one of which is a brand new version from Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward.  Many of the songs on this podcast are also available on one of our Spotify playlists, titled “WNCW New Music.”

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.

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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.

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Michelle Fairless

For decades, the battle has raged: Beatles or Stones?  Through their heyday, fans accused London’s Rolling Stones of stealing ideas - even entire albums - from their Liverpool counterparts. At the same time, the Beatles secretly envied the Stones’ “bad boy” image and attitude, often copying their style.  Both bands are unmistakably great, scoring an array of hits that changed musical history, but only one can be the best.  The most infamous rivalry in rock and roll never played out in a public arena until now as Beatles vs.

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