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Musicians playing music and having fun in Studio B
Vicki Dameron

Our Studio B Rewind Host and WNCW Producer Kim Clark is gonna take a look back this weekend at two super cool sessions we recorded this year in September - one features a local and revered singer/songwriter and storyteller who is a longtime friend of WNCW, Michael Reno Harrell.  She'll also share beautiful music from Asheville, North Carolina's Alex Krug Combo. The band was here to celebrate the release of the group's new EP  Sleeping In The Woodlands. It's all here on Listener-Powered, Grassroots Radio - WNCW - 88.7 FM  and streaming online at wncw.org.

We have joined a growing number of big fans of Louisiana singer/songwriter Dylan LeBlanc, especially since his 2016 album "Cautionary Tale." His 4th and latest release Renegade is only increasing his popularity, and we are eager to welcome him back to Studio B before he heads up to Asheville, NC for a show at The Mothlight.

Joe Kendrick

From Program Director and Southern Songs and Stories Producer Joe Kendrick:

 

Two bands playing bluegrass music
By Joe Kendrick

We've got two sessions recorded at the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual festival in Raleigh, NC for "Goin' Across the Mountain." At Noon Host Joe Greene will share music featuring Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; they won the Entertainer Of The Year award at this year’s IBMA as well as Collaborative Recording Of The Year for “The Guitar Song” with Del McCoury. Then, at 5pm, we bring you our Fireside Collective session. Jesse laquinto, Carson White, Tommy Maher, Joe Cicero, and Alex Genova comprise one of Western NC's most exciting young string bands.

Circular WNCW 30th Anniversary Logo with sunrays
Rob Hibbitts

Our Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark has a super special show to share with us on Sunday, October 13th at 7pm. It's special because WNCW staffers went on the air on October 13th in 1989. Our wonderful host dug deep into the archives to put together a show that exemplifies the eclectic nature of all of WNCW's programming - then and now.

Fall colors on winding road in western North Carolina
Vicki Dameron

Our State is the magazine that celebrates North Carolina.  It just so happens that the October edition is always the Annual Mountain edition.  Our State Editor in Chief, Elizabeth Hudson joined The Friday Feature to talk about their special mountain edition. Topics include Linville and the Linville Gorge, the heart of Morganton, and Mountain Meals.  Hop on highway 221 South and join us.  The conversation originally aired Sept. 27, 2019.

Live Friday, October 4th between 3 & 4pm: Front Country

Oct 2, 2019

The "string-band pop" of Front Country fits a niche that is appealing to fans of both bluegrass, and the modern soul and rock acts we enjoy playing. Melody Walker, Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, & Jeremy Darrow return to Studio B before their Friday show at Pisgah Brewing Company.  "As exciting a band on stage as they are in the studio, Front Country stands strong and tall in today's American roots music scene." -Woody Platt, Steep Canyon Rangers

Bobby Rush has been playing the blues and R&B chitlin' circuit for some 70 years now, and shows no sign of slowing down. The recent Grammy winner talks about music over the years, his new album, oh and an upcoming Eddie Murphy blaxploitation film he costars in... 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 solo tunes too, from Sound Stage Studios there.

Each year, The NC Dance Festival, a program coordinated by Greensboro based Dance Project, brings professional modern and contemporary choreography from North Carolina artists to audiences across the state.  As the Festival celebrates its 29th year, it will make a stop in Asheville in early October for several performances and also team up with several local groups like Buncombe County Schools dance students.  This interview first aired Sept. 20, 2019 with Anne Morris, Executive Director of Dance Project.

Collage of images of band playing at Albino Skunk Festival in South Carolina
John Gillespie and Joe Kendrick

"The Deer is a band that does not fit into any one box, or any single term you might use to describe them," said WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick. "The term “folk” comes up a lot when you hear about this Austin, Texas quintet. Descriptors like “indie folk,” “transcendental Texas folk,” and “psychotropic folk” are all floating around out there, but like so many handles we try to put on music, they are often slippery and ill suited to pick up what artists are laying down.

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...

Female smiling sitting in production room of radio station WNCW
Vicki Dameron

WNCW’s new music podcast features a number of Texans in this episode, ranging from all time WNCW favorites like Rodney Crowell to newcomers like Los Coast," said WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick. "We get to one of our go-to western North Carolina outfits as well, with Seth Kauffman’s band Floating Action. Plus, we drop in on several women artists who are new to the scene, with songs from Sunny War, Esther Rose and Madison Cunningham.

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:

We are happy to welcome back this Asheville-based bluegrass/Americana band, with a brand new collection of great songs called "Waiting On a Ride". Sam Wharton, Mark Schimick, James Schlender, Ryan Cavanaugh, and Charles R. Humphrey III make up SFTRB. Their gigs this week include the Transylvania County Library in Brevard this Friday, and French Broad Outfitters at Hominy Creek in Asheville on Sunday the 1st.

Collage of Woodstock Attendees
By Vicki Dameron

We had an incredible day celebrating Woodstock last week! Thanks for all of the support and kind words. We received phone calls and pledges from WNCW fans hailing from all over the country...  even Central America! Thank you. Thank you. It was such a good day we decided to post the full interviews Martin Anderson recorded with friends of the station who were actually at Woodstock. Parts of the sessions aired on Woodstock Day. Now, you can hear the full versions on the podcasts posted below.

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