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Chris Masterson & Eleanor Whitmore have a 4th album of their own material coming out next month, "No Time For Love Songs." As for one of the possible themes of this new collection: "Only by cataloging and acknowledging loss and grief can we move forward with gratitude for what we have." When not working on their own songs, they are The Dukes in Steve Earle & The Dukes. Before joining Steve, Chris used to work with Son Volt among others, and Eleanor with Regina Spektor and Angus & Julia Stone. They're passing through our area briefly on an East Coast tour.

Adopted from Texas and raised in Mississippi, Krista Shows was a kid who grew up singing in church. She spent time in Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Western North Carolina before returning to Mississippi in her early 20s. She's now back in Asheville, and has a sweet blend of folk, R&B, and country influences. She performs (with a full band!) at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville on Saturday the 22nd.

Live Tuesday, February 18th between 3 & 4pm: Gold Rose

Feb 17, 2020
Sean Rubin

This Asheville alt-country trio consists of singer/songwriter, guitarist Kevin Fuller, bassist Ryan Kijanka and drummer Ryan Sargent. The band meshes crunchy guitar noise with folk, country and Americana stories. They play the Mothlight in West Asheville on Sunday the 23rd.

Bands singing and smiling in studio
Vicki Dameron

"We're covering a lot of territory this week, from Smith County Texas all the way to Paris, France," said Kim Clark.

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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Umphrey's McGee

We know we have lots of Umphrey's McGee fans in our coverage area and beyond, so were offering up some tickets to see the band in Asheville, NC at the newly named Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville - located in downtown A-ville, NC in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Send an email to pledge@wncw.org and you'll be entered in our contest to win a pair of tickets to see this quintessential JAM BAND on Valentines Day, Fri. Feb. 14, 2020. CONTEST ENDS Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 2pm - so put your name in the hat and go see some killer live music!

Dana and Sue used to call Marshall, NC home, and many in WNC will remember this sweet couple contributing to the local old-time and folk music scene. They moved back to Vermont a few years back, and are back in the area in support of  The Town That Music Saved: A Collection of Vermont-Inspired Songs. They play Isis in West Asheville Thursday night.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Lincolnshire, England folk/blues musician Jack Broadbent has spent the the past few years wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar and songs. You've likely heard us play songs from his new album Moonshine Blue lately. He plays Isis in West Asheville Saturday night.

Tall Tall Trees is the pseudonym of Mike Savino, whose pioneering psychedelic banjo sound has marveled audiences both with his one-man-show loops and effects, and in collaborations with fellow multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi. He now calls the Asheville area home, and visits Studio B before his Saturday night show at Ambrose West. We feature his new release for New Tunes at 2 on Wednesday.

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What a great soul sound this act has - imagine Curtis Mayfield and band still going strong. American Love Call is the latest from this group fronted by vocalist Jones and drummer Aaron Frazer, and they play Asheville Tuesday night.  Frazer explains part of their mission: “As America grows more diverse, we have the opportunity to form the strong, interwoven tapestry that we’ve long claimed. When we find a way to unite across our various movements and see the commonalities of our struggles, we can begin to push forward together.

Asheville's Civic Center Has A New Name

Feb 6, 2020

For many years this downtown Asheville venue has hosted concerts, conferences, trade shows, sporting events and more, attracting attendees from all over western North Carolina.  What had been known in recent years as the U.S. Cellular Center has now become 'Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville' - the same Harrah's that oversees Harrah's Cherokee Casino in North Carolina. The Center's General Manager Chris Corl was our guest and he talked about what has happened and previewed news about exciting additions for the future.  

AmericanaFest Interview/Session Podcast with Andrew Bird

Nov 28, 2019

WNCW's Martin Anderson attended the 20th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tenneesee and recorded interviews with Andrew Bird and other artists we love playing. Andrew shed some light on the inspirations behind his latest album "My Finest Work Yet," as well as what new instruments he's been into lately. Check out the versions of "Sisyphus" and "Manifest" he laid down too, from Sound Stage Studios there.

Joe Kendrick

The Slocan Ramblers hail from Toronto, Canada. Their debut album Queen City Jubilee  was a 2019 Juno Award Nominee for Traditional Roots Album of the Year. WNCW's Joe Kendrick caught up with them during a busy week of bluegrass and more at last month's IBMA festival in Raleigh. The Slocans are: Frank Evans: Banjo, Adrian Gross: Mandolin, Darryl Poulsen: Guitar, Alastair Whitehead: Bass

Tuesday, September 24th just past 11am: Andrew Bird

Sep 20, 2019

Tune in for a session with Andrew Bird, as he talks about his new album and latest inspirations. WNCW's Martin Anderson attended the 20th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville, and recorded interviews with him and other artists we love playing. We'll hear a couple of new recordings he laid down too, from Sound Stage Studios there.

A case that involved mistrust, fraud, expenditures, luxury benefits, and more by members of Buncombe County, NC that included top leaders, is reviewed up until the recent day of jail sentencing in U.S. District Court.  A series of interviews, going back over two years, with Asheville Citizen-Times Reporter- Jennifer Bowman provides all the scandalous details that involved former County Manager Wanda Greene, Assistant County Manager John Creighton, and others.   The interview first aired on September 4, 2019.

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