roots music

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Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

On this podcast of Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, learn how the much beloved musician, writer, photographer, singer-songwriter, songcatcher and television personality David Holt came to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina from Santa Barbara, California.

We've loved getting to know Dori's work over the past few years, including through some of our live remote broadcasts from area venues when she's passed through our area. Now we get to welcome her to Studio B, on the release date of her wonderful new album Every Single Star.  She plays West Asheville, NC on Thursday, Knoxville, TN on Friday, and Vilas, NC on Saturday.

It's almost Autumn and we all know what that means... it's time for the Carolina In The Fall Festival in Wilkesboro, NC! We're super excited for the 5th annual music and food fest that's hosted by our friends, the Kruger Brothers. It's happening this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20th - 21st. Many of our DJs will be emceeing at the downtown Wilkesboro event, including Program Director Joe Kendrick, along with Music Hosts Jasmin Melton, Renee Denton and Joe Greene! The lineup is fantastic. Check it out - this is from the festival web site: 

Welcome to episode 45 of WNCW’s new music podcast, On The Way Up, where you can hear some of the best new tunes now, on our airwaves, as well as get a bit of a recap of music doing well here in the first half of 2019," said Producer Joe Kendrick. "You'll hear the latest from artists like Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Eilen Jewell and Tyler Childers, and we'll bring you up to speed on the new albums we played the most this year.

Alex Boerner

Austin & Sarah Osborne McCombie: a sweet couple who make some sweet music. Their beautiful blend of old-time, bluegrass, and folk roots include some warm harmonies, and we'll get to know them Friday morning before they play the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC Friday evening.

Live Friday, June 7th between Noon & 1pm: Matt Andersen

May 31, 2019

You're forgiven if you haven't yet heard of New Brunswick Americana artist Matt Andersen, but his latest album Halfway Home By Morning is actually his 10th release, and it's time we all start getting to know him and his work. After all, Andersen has received a JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, a CIMA Road Gold award, and six Maple Blues Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year. He performs Wednesday in Charlotte, Friday in Asheville, and Saturday in Carrborro.

WNCW's new music podcast has lots of great new music featured here, with regional favorites from western NC like Tyler Ramsey and Rising Appalachia, and our segue of the show pairing songs written decades ago which have been covered many times, one of which is a brand new version from Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward.  Many of the songs on this podcast are also available on one of our Spotify playlists, titled “WNCW New Music.”

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Vicki Dameron

WNCW listeners voted Tellico's latest album "Woven Waters,” produced by John Doyle, all the way up to #9 in last year's Top 100... and the Asheville, NC-based band played tunes from it live in Studio B last month," said Host Kim Clark. "You'll hear that session on this week's Studio B Rewind.

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Vicki Dameron

The multiple Grammy-winning and genre-stretching bluegrass band Mountain Heart recorded at Wicked Weed's Funkatorium in Asheville, NC, in early November 2018, as part of the WNCW and Funkatorium Barrell House Sessions. Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark will share tunes from that event. We'll also revisit a session produced in Studio B with singer/songwriter Vanessa Peters, whose latest album was inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. Click on slideshow icon to see more images! Studio B Rewind, every Sunday at 7pm with Kim Clark.

 

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Vicki Dameron

Studio Be Rewind Host Kim Clark is bringing us two sessions this weekend, both produced earlier this year by WNCW Sound Engineer Sean Rubin. On Sunday, Nov. 25th at 7pm, catch the music of the honky tonk - roots group, Yellow Feather. The group is based in Old Fort, NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of the incredible recordings from this session ended up being featured on our 2018 Crowd Around The Mic CD Set.

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Vicki Dameron

Our great friend, multi-instrumentalist, singer, storyteller and TV host David Holt returned to WNCW earlier this month to talk about his new, third season of his television series that highlights great roots music from our region.

Thursday, November 1st, 10-11am: David Holt

Oct 28, 2018

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, storyteller, and TV host David Holt returns to WNCW to talk about his new, 3rd season of great roots music from our region, "David Holt's State of Music." He and Martin Anderson will spin tunes from some of the musicians in this series' spotlight.

Speak with a volunteer at 800-245-8870! Each CD is available at the $60 membership level.

Loretta Lynn – Wouldn’t It Be Great (Legacy)

Tellico – Woven Waters (Organic)

Town Mountain – New Freedom Blues

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Vicki Dameron

It’s nearly impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, the 14-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Madisonville, TN. While the music of this “modern-day Janis Joplin” has been described as “old-timey,” she adds her own unique, contemporary blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a sprinkling of blues, delivering vivid emotion with every spirited yet haunting note. She'll be at the Isothermal Community College Performing Arts Center, Saturday, October 6th. Showtime is at 7:30pm  

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