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Here are some albums that have recently risen to the top here at WNCW. A few times a month, Music Director Martin Anderson compiles lists of the top ten current album releases and we list them under Programming and New Releases. If you want to access the list, learn more, see the albums and listen to the music, click on the link below. Thanks so much for listening to Grassroots - Listener Powered Radio! We hope you're enjoying the tunes, the news and all the other great info that is featured on WNCW 88.7 FM and streaming online at

Wow. We're grateful. We're humbled. We're happy. And, we're tired. You came through for WNCW and its staff and we cannot begin to describe how thankful we are for your gracious donations and hundreds, upon hundreds, of kind words, encouragement and heart-felt comments.


Good day! Today is Thursday and that means it's Dagger Kayak giveaway day!  A "Roam 9.5 Kayak" is being donated to WNCW from our friends at Confluence Outdoor in Greenville, South Carolina. Those who have already made a donation, and those who make a tax-deductible donation before the end of the day today are automatically entered to win! The drawing will be held Thursday evening, May 21 at 6pm. Pre-drive donations are counted in this drawing. Note: Color may vary on kayak.

It's our largest collection of Studio B Sessions that we have ever produced! As you can see from the image, there are some incredible artists featured on this three CD compilation. It's truly a treasure trove of musical goodness. There are 45 sessions, recorded mainly in Studio B, so if you're missing our live sessions, here's a way to own 45 of them. It will be retired after this fund drive, so get it now while you can!

Welcome to the WNCW Spring 2020 Fundraiser! Finally... whew! It's been a crazy few months for sure. We hope all of you are doing well.

We're super happy to share our new Goin' Across the Mountain Volume Four CD with you! Most of the songs were recorded in Studio B, a few were prodcued live at venues like the Don Gibson Theater in Shelby, NC and Wicked Weed in Asheville, NC. We think this compilation is fantastic and we think you will too!

Friday, May 15th at 10pm, from May, 2015: Orgone

May 12, 2020

Tune in to Scotty Robertson's "Rhythm Theorem" Friday night as he spins his fine mix of soul, funk, & jazz grooves... and includes the songs played by Orgone when they were in Studio B five years ago this month.

Another favorite band of ours whom we're honored to have welcomed on more than one occasion is the Avett Brothers. This interview/performance we have for you, another that hasn't aired since it was live (4/12/04), was around the time "Mignonette" came out, when the band was still just the trio of Seth, Scott, and Bob.

Wednesday, May 13th at Noon, from May, 2003: Andrew Bird

May 11, 2020

In the absence of live Studio B sessions, we thought we'd revisit some of our favorite ones from years' past. Join us Wednesday as we rebroadcast this one from the innovative singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird.

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Images of Joni Deutsch with Dog By PRX - Evening Muse image by Daniel Coston

In this episode, you will hear the latest from New Zealand’s Tami Neilson, Canada’s Corb Lund, we will get to some wonderfully twisted roots music from artists like Danny Barnes and Sierra Hull, and turn it up a notch with new rock from Best Coast, Maya De Vitry and Greg Dulli. We also welcome Joni Deutsch to our segment “DJ For A Day”, as we have a conversation about how Joni and her colleagues at WFAE in Charlotte are still making radio happen amidst all the upheaval from the coronavirus. All that and more, plus a Segue Of The Show from De La Soul’s watershed debut. 

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From Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark:

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.

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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 - 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


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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.

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Photo of Courtney Marie Andrews by Joe Kendrick - Photo of Darrin Bradbury Courtesy of Mr. Bradbury

"We've got a nugget from the archives this week as we rewind back to 2018 for a session with Courtney Marie Andrews and her band when they were in our area in support of the album May Your Kindness Remain," said SBW Host Kim Clark.  We'll also revisit a recent session with Nashville singer/songwriter Darrin Bradbury, who played songs from his release Talking Dogs and Atom Bombs.