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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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.

Singer/songwriter Declan O'Rourke has been getting numerous awards in his native Ireland and the U.K. the past few years, and is now making a name for himself here in the U.S. thanks to his impressive concept album Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine. He has a rare performance in our area at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville this Sunday, with an 8-member band that includes Dermot Byrne (Altan), John Sheahan (The Dubliners), Cillian Vallely (Lunasa), and Catriona Frost (Celtic Woman).

Seth Walker
Zack Smith

We've enjoyed following Seth Walker's Americana/blues career these past 15 years, and we really like the direction he's taken on this new album Are You Open? He plays The Rooster's Wife in Aberdeen on Valentine's Day (awwww) and Free Range Brewing in Charlotte on Friday.

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Irene Young

Twice a winner of the esteemed Scottish National Fiddle Championship, Alasdair Fraser is known as "the Michael Jackson of Scottish fiddling": what more needs to be said? Natalie Haas grew up in California and fell in love with Celtic music in middle school, and has worked with the likes of Altan, Solas, & Natalie MacMaster, as well as Mark O'Connor. The two have been forging a dynamic union of music for some 18 years now. "While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly.

Chicago blues band Frank Bang & the Cook County Kings sent us a great record a couple years ago, that included a song cowritten by Black Mountain's own Dan Johnston. Frank has some history playing with Buddy Guy, and Frank Bang and the Secret Stash are now coming through the area, for a show at Pisgah Brewery Friday night.

After playing in Backyard Tire Fire, which was based out of Asheville before moving to Illinois a number of years ago, Edward David Anderson has been focusing on his solo career, which has culminated in his 2017 release Chasing Butterflies, a terrific (in our opinion) collection of autobiographical tunes. He's in the area for Friday night's WinterSkunk Music Festival in Greer, which will also include Sugarcane Jane and Caleb Caudle.

Neyla Pekarak
Andrew Kelly

The cellist, vocalist, and pianist for The Lumineers is currently on tour for her solo project Rattlesnake, about an eccentric Colorado sharpshooter who had a run-in with rattlesnakes in the 1920's. A self-described "super-nerd", Neyla says “Even in my introduction to the Lumineers, I had listened to so little mainstream music at that point in my life. I was really into musical theater and vocal jazz and things that weren’t necessarily cool. I’ve definitely felt like an impostor most of the time." She'll be in good company with us here!

Jay Nash & Josh Day are The Contenders, an Americana band working the troubadour life hard this year. (Josh, by the way, is from Wilkesboro!) They play the Grey Eagle in Asheville Wednesday, the Evening Muse in Charlotte Thursday, and the 1915 in Wilkesboro on Friday.

We first met Aubrey when she joined Amanda Platt and Anya Hinkle for a "Women in Music" collaboration last year. Her Asheville band of "Old Soul Americana" has a new album out on Travianna Records, and a release show at Ambrose West on Friday the 1st.

Most music acts say they hate having to describe themselves with genres and categories, but with that said, Liz Cooper & the Stampede has done a pretty good job explaining why they've been referrred to as "dream-folk psychedelic rock." The band plays Knoxville on Tuesday the 29th, Greenville Wednesday the 30th, Asheville Thursday the 31st, and Charlotte on Friday the 1st.

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