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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.

We say hello to the year 2019 with our first batch of new music for the podcast, almost all of which has a direct connection to the states of North Carolina and Texas. A nice coincidence, really. We bring back DJ For A Day with music historian and rare vinyl hunter Ken Friedman who produced the Tobacco Au-Go-Go series, and Ken has a mysterious 45 from Spindale that we are trying to figure out. We will also share some stories and some songs from his Tobacco Au-Go-Go compilations.

WFAE Public Radio Charlotte's Steve Harrison (Reporter) is following the current voter fraud story that involves North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District - Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready.  It seems like with every new day comes a new addition to this incredible and alarming story.  The biggest issue in this story is what took place in Bladen County.  Harrison provides everything he knew at the time of Dec. 12, 2018 when this edition of More To The Story aired.

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Vicki Dameron

Our great friend, multi-instrumentalist, singer, storyteller and TV host David Holt returned to WNCW earlier this month to talk about his new, third season of his television series that highlights great roots music from our region.

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NPR

WNCW and NPR bring you the North Carolina results for Midterms 2018! 

We are happy to announce that the future of Bluegrass is strong with impressive bands like Cane Mill Road! These past few years, they've criss-crossed the country, plus represented the U.S. overseas, putting their hometown of Deep Gap, NC on the international map (hmm, does that sound familiar?) One look at their tour schedule shows you how in demand they are these days, and we are pleased they've etched out a Saturday afternoon to pay us a visit during "Goin' Across the Mountain."

Thursday, November 1st, 10-11am: David Holt

Oct 28, 2018

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, storyteller, and TV host David Holt returns to WNCW to talk about his new, 3rd season of great roots music from our region, "David Holt's State of Music." He and Martin Anderson will spin tunes from some of the musicians in this series' spotlight.

Nina Simone became one of the iconic singers of jazz and soul of the 1960s and a strong voice for Civil Rights. She got her start in her hometown of Tryon, N.C., playing piano and singing in her church choir. The "Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina" podcast highlights bluegrass and old-time music stories, performers, and traditions across the mountain and foothills counties of Western North Carolina.

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Vicki Dameron
Image of Hurricane Florence Swirling in Atlantic Ocean
NASA

It's no secret that Hurricane Florence left behind massive amounts of damage to parts of Eastern North Carolina and in particular, the coast.  One of those hard hit places was the City of Wilmington.  Daily Courier, Rutherford County, Reporter Mackenzie Wicker, used to call the Wilmington area home.  Her sister lives there now, as do some college friends.  Mackenzie shared all she knew about what residents were dealing with in Wilmington, during this interview on September 26, 2018.

She's sold more than 12 million records, won 27 Grammys, nine Country Music Association Awards, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards AND two Gospel Music Association Awards. We've been playing her music on WNCW for almost three decades! She'll be in Cherokee, NC this Friday, September 21st at Harrah's. Showtime is 9pm. More Info

We're really looking forward to Carolina In The Fall Festival, hosted by the Kruger Brothers! It's happening this Friday and Saturday - Sept. 21-22. Many of our DJs will be emceeing at the downtown Wilkesboro, NC event, including Program Director Joe Kendrick, Jasmin Melton, Renee Denton and Carol Rifkin! The lineup is incredible as you can see from the poster. Come to Carolina In The Fall Fest. Enjoy great music. Eat. Drink. Be Merry. 

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Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Many of today’s outstanding old-time and bluegrass musicians carry on longstanding family traditions. One such artist is multi-instrumentalist and flatfoot dancer Marsha Bowman Todd. A musician all her life, Marsha is one of the leading lights of the legendary musical community of Mount Airy, North Carolina.

Jam in the Trees August 24 & 25

Aug 20, 2018

Jam In The Trees will be held on August 24th and 25th this year. The annual music festival returns with a diverse lineup for the third year to Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The roster includes legendary artists The Travelin’ McCourys, Jerry Douglas, Shooter Jennings, Elizabeth Cook, Jane Kramer, Gangstagrass, The Stray Birds, Jim Lauderdale, The Steel Wheels, Fireside Collective, The Po’ Ramblin Boys, The Slocan Ramblers, and Andy Buckner.

"Penetrative & excitingly melodic ... Intimate literate lyrics & velvet vocals," says Rolling Stone about Clarence, and we agree. This prolific singer/songwriter originally from Ohio consistently delivers quality albums, and this year's Passionate Kind is no exception. He plays The Grey Eagle in Asheville Tuesday night.

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