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Alex knows how to combine some of the best area musicians, and also knows how to combine blues, rock, and folk into a compelling blend. They have an album release show for "Sleeping On the Woodlands" at Ambrose West in West Asheville on Sunday evening.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is known as "America's Favorite Drive," and in a few days, one of America's favorite events, located right off the Parkway in Floyd, Virginia, begins. FloydFest 19 organizers will open the gates July 24th and welcome fans from all of the world. They'll enjoy a five-day celebration of music and art, while basking in the beauty of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Oh yeah...

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Vicki Dameron

Last week we were trying to get Elephant Sessions in Studio B before the award winning band played at MerleFest. There were issues with delayed flights and what not.... however, they came to the station on Sunday, April 28th and the wait was WELL worth it. We'll be sharing that performance with you Wednesday afternoon at 1pm. Tell your friends and check out the slideshow of images!

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Vicki Dameron

WNCW's Martin Anderson spent an hour with Rodney Dillard and Beverly Cotten-Dillard, who were in the area for a rather rare show with their bandmates, carrying on the tradition of The Dillards. First, they co-hosted our weekly "Ten O'Clock Doc" set, as Beverly and Rodney have many great stories about pickin' and dinin' with Doc & Merle back in the day.

Live Thursday, March 21st between 3 & 4pm: Tony Eltora

Mar 16, 2019

Tony helped put Taylorsville, NC on the musical map for us a couple years ago with his nice collection of blues, folk and rock, "Between Love & Tragedy." He's got a new one coming out, and a release show on Saturday in Morganton. Aside from his music, we like that Tony helped found the Hickory Music Factory in 2012, a non profit organization in Hickory, NC with the mission to build futures through music by teaching, performance and community outreach.

Band members smiling and posing for photographer in studio
Vicki Dameron

The Steep Canyon Rangers performed live on our airwaves this past January, just as they were re-emerging from a well-deserved rest following a busy and successful year of touring on their own, as well as with Steve Martin.

'Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul', hosted by Cece Winans, will air on WNCW-FM 88.7 every Tuesday night in February between 8-9pm.  It is a four-part documentary series illustrating the influence of Black Gospel on early rock and soul music. The hour examines the history and foundation of Black gospel from spirituals and how those songs informed the gospel music of the great gospel quartets including The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Pilgrim Travelers, The Golden Gates, The Caravans, and The Soul Stirrers featuring Sam Cooke.

WNCW welcomes Asheville, NC-based band TRAVERS BROTHERSHIP to Spindale, NC this afternoon. The soul/funk/rock/jam emsemble will share music from the group's up coming album "Let The World Decide," which will be released December 8, 2018.  The effort was produced at Echo Mountain Recording Studio and The Eagle Room, both located in Asheville!

Two men smiling in front of WNCW sign
Vicki Dameron

Joe Kendrick is hosting the Music Mix at 10pm Friday Night, Nov. 2nd. He has a special session and interview with Adam Elk of THE MOMMYHEADS  - Adam plays several songs on his acoustic guitar, and talks to Joe about things like getting his first start with his band at CBGBs, the famous New York City Music Club in Manhatten's East Village - known as a rock/folk venue, as well as the birthplace of punk.

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Album Cover Art - Scott Avett

Brandi Carlile is a top charting singer/songwriter from the west coast. She grew up in Ravensdale, a small town about 40 miles southeast of Seattle, Washington. We're big fans of her music and we've been sharing it with our listeners for as long as we can remember.

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Vicki Dameron

Samantha Fish and her band with a dynamite, or as we like to say DYNO-MITE, session from just a couple of weeks ago, plus the Atlanta-based duo Cicada Rhythm, who turned in a well-received set at Merlefest shortly before their Studio B session.

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The Decemberists -- "I'll Be Your Girl"

Jimi Hendrix -- "Both Sides of the Sky"

John Prine -- "The Tree of Forgiveness"

Margo Price -- "All American Made"

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats -- "Tearing at the Seams"

Steep Canyon Rangers -- "Out in the Open"

The Wood Brothers -- "One Drop of Truth"

On The Way Up
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Our spectrum of music in this episode runs from latin to jazz, to pop and rock, and our segue of the week pairs a lesser known bluegrass classic with the debut from a banjo prodigy. Also, for our “DJ For A Day” segment, we return to our Purple Prose theme in a new way, pondering whether some of these hyperbolic press releases could be art after all.