Studio B

Studio B Performances - Presented by Sierra Nevada (www.sierranevada.com)

Studio B is where the live music happens. Studio B is the stations state-of-the-art recording facility that hosts regional, national and international artists. WNCW broadcasts performances and interviews live on just about any given day. Some of the finest tracks captured in Studio B find their way to WNCW's self-produced Crowd Around the Mic CDs.

You can watch segments from live Studio B sessions at our new You Tube channel. Check out www.youtube.com/wncwstudiob for performances by Hayes Carll, The Billy Sea, Slaid Cleaves, Erin McKeown and more! Click here to watch the videos.
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Our favorite blues singer/bassist/gas can guitarist from Pelzer, SC returns to Studio B this week! It's always a blast catching up with Mac about his memories of playing with Muddy Waters and James Brown back in the day, and all the various projects he and his band are involved with here in the Carolinas these days.  Their upcoming gigs  include Sierra Nevada on Wednesday, the Spinning Jenny on Friday, and Sparkle City Rhythm & Ribs in Spartanburg on Saturday the 1st.

Perhaps what the world needs now, is a group that weaves European, Middle Eastern, and American folk music together into a beautiful tapestry that simultaneously showcases tradition and innovation. Enter The Resonant Rogues, an Asheville ensemble that returns to Studio B with songs from their new release "Autumn of the World." Their hometown album release show is at The Mothlight on Friday the 31st.

Live Friday, May 24th between 4 & 5pm: Tim O'Brien Band

May 18, 2019

We're excited to welcome back one of 'NCW's favorites, this time with his bluegrass band! After first hitting the scene fronting Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize in the '80's, Tim O'Brien has proven to be one of the most versatile, talented, and prolific of roots music leaders, be it Celtic, old-time, or his own singer/songwriter originals. He's back to his bluegrass roots these days, and Tim & co. play the Grey Eagle on Sunday the 26th.

Mulography - Anthony Mulcahy

Matt Lorenz, a.k.a. The Suitcase Junket, is a one-man-band of guitar & drums, plus an arsenal of instruments built of broken bottles, thrift store forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, salvaged instruments, and an overhead compartment’s worth of luggage. The New Englander is known for  his "lo-fi, low-tuned, low-down blast of end-times folk blues. Matt Lorenz ... incants and intones like a cross between Hound Dog Taylor and a Tuvan throat singer who has swallowed a bird.

One of our favorites returns to Studio B! The SCOTS lineup (Dave Hartman – drums; Mary Huff – bass and vocals; Rick Miller – guitar and vocals) has been playing together for over 30 years now. They're leaving the Kudzu Ranch to play Thursday evening at "Bonnamoo", a farm-to-table event at Cleveland Preserve Farm in the Spartanburg area. 8 piece box of fried chicken? Too much pork for just one fork? Banana Pudding?!

Live Wednesday, May 15th between 3 & 4pm: Alexa Rose

May 10, 2019
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We fell in love with Alexa Rose's blend of folk and Americana mountain roots music in 2017 when her Low and Lonesome album came out. The Asheville musician won the "General" category in last month's MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for her new song "Medicine For Living", and she promises to include it in her live session with us on Wednesday. She plays Sunday the 19th in Asheville, and then May 30th in Charlotte.

Live Tuesday, May 14th between 2 & 3pm: Sugaray Rayford

May 10, 2019

“I’m a freak of nature / I ain’t no honey bee / I’m an unknown creature / The like you’ve never seen.” Thus begins "The Revelator", the first song on his great new release Somebody Save Me. And it also might describe Mr. Rayford pretty well, too. He's been nominated for two 2019 Blues Music Awards, and we can't wait to get to know him and his band Tuesday afternoon. They play Asheville Tuesday night, and Charlotte on Saturday night.

Live Friday, May 17th between 1 & 2pm: Jamie McLean

May 10, 2019

When not working with Aaron Neville, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and others as their lead guitarist, Jamie McLean is busy churning out his own songs and recordings of New Orleans soul, Delta blues, middle America roots and New York City swagger. He plays Knoxville on Thursday, Asheville on Friday, and Charlotte on Saturday!

Live Thursday, May 9th just past 3pm: Tyler Ramsey

May 7, 2019

“Spending my time here in North Carolina, swimming in the stream and walking around in the woods, it’s part of my character as a musician,” says Tyler Ramsey, whose piece of land outside Asheville has definitely inspired his rich, lush new solo album "For the Morning", his first since his long tenure with Band of Horses. Roland chats with him in Studio B before his show with band at the Asheville Masonic Temple on Saturday.

"(Eli Reed) invokes the stylish and muscular r&b of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke with convincing suavity"
(New York Times).  Catch our live session with him, and you'll hear why this Boston-via-Mississippi artist chose to record his new one at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis. He and his tight band play in Carrboro Tuesday night, then visit us on their way to Atlanta Wednesday.

Live Friday, May 3rd between 4 & 5pm: Jonathan Scales

Apr 28, 2019

The innovative steel pannist has his 6th release out now, this time with bassist E’Lon JD and drummer Maison Guidry. The cast of special guests on "Pillar" includes bassists Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge and MonoNeon, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, keyboardist Shaun Martin, percussionist Weedie Braimah and banjo pioneer Béla Fleck! Scales & Co. play his hometown of Asheville, NC on Saturday the 4th and in Charlotte, NC on the 29th.

Brevard's Sarah Siskind, in addition to her own recordings, has written songs that have been recorded by Alison Krauss, Molly Tuttle, the Infamous Stringdusters. She shares some of her trade secrets (we hope, anyway!) when she visits us in Studio B, in advance of the upcoming Songsmith Gathering May 18th at the Brevard Music Center. Sarah will be leading songwriting workshops there that week.

Uncle Walt's Band, considered a cornerstone trio of today's Americana music genre, got its start in Spartanburg, SC with Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood, & David Ball. Ball and his band, which includes Warren Hood (The Waybacks) and Marshall Hood (The Belleville Outfit), are touring in celebration of the anniversary of the Uncle Walt's Band's 1974 debut, with shows Thursday and Friday nights in Spartanburg.

We're excited to be getting to know this new swing jazz band out of Asheville, and they've got a CD release party at Isis in West Asheville on Saturday the 27th. Queen Bee & the Honeylovers sing songs rich in Asheville history; in fact every song on their new one is set in a different place or event in 1920's through '40's Asheville, NC ...  Beacham's Curve, Beaucatcher, Hominy Creek, a secret tunnel under Pack Square! Check out their fun new videos.

This award-winning trad-meets-rock 5-piece from the Scottish Highlands has a fresh, exciting take on keeping traditional Celtic music modern and new. Consider them one of the "traditional-plus" acts Doc Watson talked about for MerleFest; the all-instrumental band represents the Isles there this week for some dance sets on Saturday, before returning home for a number of great European festivals.

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