Singer-Songwriter

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!

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

When singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier visited us in 2003, she was touring in support of her album "Filth & Fire", which included such standout songs as "Sugarcane" (her co-write with Catie Curtis) and "Christmas in Paradise."

Collage of images of the late John Prine
Courtesy of Tom Hill/Top Middle B/W - Danny Clinch/Bottom Left - Erik Thompson/Bottom Right

One of WNCW's all time favorite artists, John Prine has passed away from complications due to coronavirus. He tested positive March 17, and died 22 days later on Tuesday, April 7.

We've been playing his music since we first went on the air, and you can be sure we'll keep playing his music, especially today, Wednesday April 8, 2020. Our listeners have voted him into our Top 100 many, many times. Here's a few you might remember:

1991 - #7 - The Missing Years

1995 - #2 - Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings

Samara Jade, previously known as Searra Jade, brings her soulful "philosopholk" back to Studio B in advance of her hometown show at the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Sunday the 8th with Noah Proudfoot and Momma Molasses.

This Alabama native sure has a lot of the Nashville scene that we love backing her up: from regular appearances at the legendary Bluebird Cafe songwriters-in-the-round series, to greats like Kenny Vaughan & the other Fabulous Superlatives, and Chris Scruggs adding to her 2019 release MECO. Get to know her, and stories about Nashville, her fascination with space travel, and more when she visits us before her show at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville, NC Wednesday evening.

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.

Band members posing in Studio B
Vicki Dameron and Steve Bohn

"We've got a very cool Afrobeat session this week, with Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, said Host Kim Clark.

It's time for the Mountain Song Festival and folks are gearing up for another incredible music event at one of the most popular venues in western North Carolina, the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. The lineup, as usual, is phenomenal. The host band is a WNCW fave, The Steep Canyon Rangers. The Grammy Award winning group calls "The Land of Waterfalls" home - and, to the delight of music lovers, they play multiple times during the festival. Yes. The amazing, full lineup for the three day event looks like this:

FRIDAY

Live Monday, September 9th between 11am & Noon: Si Kahn

Sep 3, 2019

Longtime Charlotte singer/songwriter Si Kahn is known worldwide for his songs supporting labor rights -- some two dozen at least. This past year, he received the Joe Hill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation, a recognition shared by Cesar Chavez, Hazel Dickens, Pete Seeger, & Utah Phillips among others.  He is also known for composing musical theatre ("Mother Jones in Heaven"), and collaborating recently with German bluegrass band The Looping Brothers. Si has a concert at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville with Joe Jencks this Sunday evening.

One of the most revered storyteller/singer/songwriters of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and one whom we've loved playing and hosting at WNCW since our first years, Michael Reno Harrell returns to Studio B before his Saturday show in Asheville and a number of assorted appearances throughout the South this Fall. Consider this one of our first mini-celebrations of the station's 30th anniversary! Perhaps he'll have some "Southern suggestions" for us....

Live Friday, July 26th between 11am & Noon: Ellis Paul

Jul 22, 2019
Man holding guitar smiling
Ali Hasbach

A troubadour, a singer/songwriter, a folky, and a storyteller: Ellis Paul has embodied all of these well since emerging out of the fertile Boston music scene in the early 1990's. He now calls Charlottesville, VA home, and has a new release chronicling the life of a traveling troubadour and more, called "The Storyteller's Suitcase." He plays Isis in West Asheville, NC on Friday, then spends the week at the Swannanoa Gathering for Contemporary Folk Week.

These two Georgia-based singer/songwriter/guitarists are on a "Kickin' & Singin'" tour together, for shows in Asheville Friday and Charlotte Saturday. We can't disagree with what's said about Michelle: "raucous and jubilant - somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne comes Malone alternating between soulful ballads and rowdy, riffy blasters."- ROLLING STONE

Live Monday, June 24th between 4 & 5pm: Hayes Carll

Jun 22, 2019

He's certainly one of WNCW's favorite Americana singer/songwriters these last few years... Hayes Carll returns for another live session! He plays the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte Sunday, the Greenville Zoo on Friday, and the Grey Eagle's 25th Anniversary celebration at Lake Eden on Saturday. 

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