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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Live Monday, April 22nd just past 2pm: Rising Appalachia

Apr 19, 2019

"We’re folk singers and we consider this a folk album, so there’s a lot in there. There’s word of politics, of being women in the music industry, as well as a lot about our lives on the road", says Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia, describing their new album released on May 3rd. Leylines also draws on African and urban influences, with David Brown (bass, guitar), Biko Casini (world percussion, n’goni), Arouna Diarra (n’goni, talking drum) and Duncan Wickel (fiddle, cello) joining Chloe and her sister Leah Song.

Live Friday, March 22nd between 2 & 3pm: Bobby Long

Mar 16, 2019

Singer/songwriter Bobby Long is originally from near Manchester, England, and now calls New York City home. His latest album "Sultans" is a rather psychedelic, Beatle-esque collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Jack Dawson, and we'll get to know Bobby and the making of this new venture of his when he visits us in Studio B before his show Friday evening at New Belgium Brewing in Asheville, NC - not to be confused with the New Belgium in Colorado, where he'll play on April 5th!

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.

He's known as the guitarist for Freakwater by many, the man behind Drunken Prayer by others, and, well, Morgan Geer everywhere else. Especially Asheville and Portland, where he splits his time living. Perhaps you know him from The Unholy Trio, or touring with The Handsome Family. Whoever he is, we'll get to know him in Studio B this Wednesday! Drunken Prayer plays Saturday at the Mothlight in West Asheville.

Molly Tuttle Live Thursday, March 14th between 2 & 3pm

Mar 8, 2019

It's not often we encounter an artist who excels so well in various styles and industries, but Molly Tuttle is certainly a cut above. Having recently won guitar/instrumentalist of the year awards with the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Music Association among others, she now has a rich, warm album in which the quality of her songs are as prominent as her picking.

Greenville, SC is the hometown of this singer/songwriter, whose debut full-length 11:11 ranked #23 in WNCW's Top 100 of 2018! She plays regularly throughout the Upstate (including Greenville and Simpsonville this week), and has a show at Free Range Brewing in Charlotte on Friday night.

Lover's Leap Live Friday, March 8th between 11am & Noon

Mar 1, 2019

Billy Cardine & Mary Lucey (Acoustic Syndicate and the Biscuit Burners) have teamed up with Joel Timmons and Shelby Means (Sol Driven Train, Sally & George and Della Mae) to form Lovers Leap, named after the rock outcrop in Hot Springs where they first played together. On Friday they play Asheville, and on Saturday they play Johnson City (which kind of rhymes with Jon Stickley....coincidence?)

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
John Gessner

Two of our favorite albums of the last couple years have been from Chapel Hill's Sarah Shook: 2017 Sidelong, and 2018's Years. If you can imagine someone inspired most by the Sex Pistols, Hank Williams, Nikki Lane, & Elliott Smith, that's Sarah and her band. They play the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Thursday night.

Kaia Kater
Allan Wilkinson

Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville has two acts performing Wednesday evening that we've played, and we've got both in Studio B that afternoon. Montreal-born Kaia Kater, accompanied by her banjos and guitar, sings songs that explore themes of migration and belonging on her album Grenades, which has been nominated for a 2019 JUNO Award for Contemporary Roots Album. David Jacobs-Strain has been singing and playing some powerful slide guitar before impressed crowds since he was a boy in 1990's Eugene, Oregon, and  has been collaborating with blues harpist Bob Beach since 2010.

Grain Thief Live Friday, March 1st between 3 & 4pm

Feb 25, 2019

You might assume they're from the Centennial State with their catchy new single "Colorado Freeze", but the 5-piece Americana string band Grain Thief is from Boston, MA. The group comprises Patrick Mulroy (guitar, vocals), Zach Meyer (mandolin, vocals), Michael Harmon (bass, vocals), Tom Farrell (lead guitar), and Alex Barstow (fiddle). Their busy Southern tour takes them to the Town Pump in Black Mountain on Saturday the 2nd.

Della Mae Live Thursday, February 28th between 3 & 4pm

Feb 25, 2019

They've brought their unique blend of bluegrass and Americana to some 18 countries representing the U.S. State Department, and they've got a terrific new release of material. Just back from the big Wintergrass Festival outside Seattle, WA, we're excited to welcome Della Mae to Studio B on their way to their Thursday evening show in Brevard.

Jane Kramer
Vickie Burick

This Asheville singer/songwriter has another lovely release coming out called Valley of the Bones. To quote our own Carol Rifkin, “Jane Kramer is writing and playing classic folk with mountain influences, her strong voice lilting through honest expressions of life, love and the human condition.” She and Chris Rosser & Elliot Wadopian (both of Free Planet Radio) return to Studio B in advance of her album release show at Ambrose West in Asheville on Saturday the 2nd.

Learn more about Jane Kramer.

Richard Shindell
Paolo Brillo

He was one of the premiere singer/songwriters during that genre's prolific era of the '90's (including great collaborations like Cry Cry Cry with Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky), and he's continued to release wonderful albums since then, from his homes in both New York and Argentina. He's back in the area for a show in West Asheville on Thursday night, and in Charlotte on Sunday March 3rd.

Learn more about Richard Shindell.

Asheville's fun Empire Strikes Brass comes from the New Orleans Brass Band tradition of second-line parades and deep moving grooves reminiscent of old school funk. So let's get WNCW's Mardi Gras party started a week early! They play Isis in West Asheville on Friday the 1st.

Look who's coming back! One of the sweetest couples in contemporary bluegrass, and one of THE voices in Newgrass, for a wonderful union of talent and spirit.

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