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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 wncw.org

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Courtesy of Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

For more than a hundred years, folklorists and other scholars have been visiting the community of Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Perhaps the most prolific collector of the community’s music and stories was himself a native of Old Beech. In the 1960s, Jack Guy began selling mountain handcrafts and folk toys to tourists, helping local artists make a living through their heritage crafts.

The albums pictured above represent releases 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!

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Vicki Dameron

Twin brothers Eric & Kyle Travers have been writing and playing songs for well over half their lifetime. They met their bandmates on a school bus somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2007 (sounds like a good story there, huh?)  and they've been fine-tuning their soulful, bluesy, rock n’ roll and psychedelic jams quite well these past few years. 

Guest on this episode of 'More To The Story' is Political Reporter for WFAE Public Radio, Charlotte - Steve Harrison.  Harrison talked about state judges who rejected state legislative voting district maps in North Carolina before that matter had moved forward.  In a second discussion, Harrison goes over Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden and how he declines to follow holding immigrants in custody as wanted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  This interview originally aired Nov. 13, 2019.

Friday Feature: Climate Change Theatre

Nov 30, 2019
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This Friday Feature lets you hear all about Climate Change Theatre. You read that correctly -  Climate Change Theatre!  CCTA was founded in 2015 and today presents national and international plays by playrights from around the world. The theme of these plays is how now is the time more than ever to make important changes for our climate. Tryon, NC just hosted a theatre presentation. Originally aired on Nov. 8, 2019.

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This edition of More To The Story features a special investigation by the Greenville News.  The series was about Veterans Investment Schemes - Complicated and Confusing and how it not only involves victims in Upstate South Carolina but also courtrooms in Greenville seeking justice.  The reporters behind the story, Kirk Brown and Carol Motsinger are interviewed.  This conversation originally aired on Nov. 6, 2019.

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

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.

Live Thursday, November 21st between 11am & Noon

Nov 16, 2019

Maya DeVitry spent 7 years as a member of the Stray Birds, before launching a solo career this year with her own album, and now another one set for 2020 release. Anna Tivel has four full-length albums out on Portland’s well-loved Fluff & Gravy Records, with her latest considered "one of the most ambitious folk records of 2019" by NPR. Together they play Carrboro, NC on Tuesday, and West Asheville, NC on Thursday.

Live Wednesday, November 13th between 1 & 2pm: Lula Wiles

Nov 11, 2019
Louise Bichan

The trio of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin is rooted in folk traditions honed together in Maine, and at Boston's Berklee School of Music before that. Their online bio sums up their mission as perpetating "the people’s practice of sharing their communities’ struggles through songs. The band exists in the tense space where tradition and revolution meet, from which their harmonies rise into the air to create new American music." They play The Grey Eagle in Asheville on Wednesday, then Bristol, VA on Thursday.

Jesse Kitt

The wonderfully innovative world jazz trio out of Asheville (from left: River Guergarian, Chris Rosser, and Eliot Wadopian) has a new album called "Pursuit", and a release show this Friday at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville. Like their previous works, it explores a variety of musical cultures, and the universal language of sound they share in common.

Vicki Dameron

Kim Clark says we'll dive into some some classic Texas swing this week as she features music from a recent session with the Hot Club of Cowtown. The band members just released their 11th album, Wild Kingdom. We'll also hear from Charlotte, North Carolina based singer/songwriter Si Kahn who moved south in the sixties, from his native Pennsylvania, to be a part of the civil rights movement. He'll share his music and his strong voice for equality on Studio B Rewind this Sunday evening at 7pm Enjoy!

 

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The organization Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina joined WNCW for this edition of The Friday Feature Interview of the Week on Nov. 1, 2019. The battle to prevent and decrease statistics of child abuse in this state is a top priority.  President and CEO for the group, Sharon Hirsch was interviewed about this, as she also talked about a new public awareness campaign. Preventable measures can not cease in the life of a child.

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