Studio B

Studio B Performances - Presented by Sierra Nevada (

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 for performances by Hayes Carll, The Billy Sea, Slaid Cleaves, Erin McKeown and more! Click here to watch the videos.
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Slocan Ramblers Live Friday August 24th between 4 and 5pm

Aug 20, 2018

They're one of our favorite new Appalachian-inspired stringbands, and they're from Toronto, Ontario! The Slocan Ramblers' latest album Queen City Jubilee has fast become one of our favorites of the year, and they are in the area for this weekend's Jam in the Trees in Black Mountain.

Elonzo Wesley Live Friday August 24th between 11am & Noon

Aug 20, 2018

Named after frontman Jeremy Davis' father, this Charlotte band was formerly more of an indie rock band under the name Elonzo. Davis now performs with a string band. After Studio B Friday morning, they head to CLT's Live on the Green for an evening with Front Country. They also play Boone on Saturday, and Saluda, NC on Thursday the 30th.

Read more about Elonzo Wesley.

Reed Turchi Live Thursday, August 23rd between 1 & 2pm

Aug 20, 2018

He may hail from Western NC's Swannanoa Valley, but Turchi's strongest musical influence is steeped in the North Mississippi Hill Country. He plays Swannanoa's Native Kitchen Thursday evening, and French Broad Brewery in Asheville on Saturday. Perhaps with his Kudzu Choir?

Learn more about Reed Turchi.

The Big Takeover Live Friday, August 17th at 1pm

Aug 9, 2018
The Big Takeover
Matthew Conde

NYC's six-piece reggae, world, & soul band returns to Studio B, and Charlotte Thursday night and Asheville Friday night. Tight rhythm section, powerful horns, and wait 'til you hear the vocals of Jamaican-born Nee Nee Rushie.

Western NC's bluegrass/Americana collective is back with another collection of great new songs. Charles Humphrey III, Mark Schimick, Sam Wharton, Ryan Cavanaugh, & James Schlender come on by Studio B for a live session while having some "downtime" at home. Their next local show is Saturday the 25th in Boone.

"Penetrative & excitingly melodic ... Intimate literate lyrics & velvet vocals," says Rolling Stone about Clarence, and we agree. This prolific singer/songwriter originally from Ohio consistently delivers quality albums, and this year's Passionate Kind is no exception. He plays The Grey Eagle in Asheville Tuesday night.

Read more about Clarence Bucaro.

Among the new-to-us names of 2018 for WNCW's music roster is Hannah Gill, a 20-year-old singer mostly from Maryland and NYC (though born in NC), with a booming voice and nice blend of soul, blues, and 70's-inspired lo-fi pop. Let's get to know her and her duomate (guitarist/songwriter/arranger Brad Hammonds) Thursday afternoon before their show at Ambrose West in West Asheville that evening. 

Read more about Hannah Gill and The Hours.

We enjoyed getting to know Brooklyn's great Afrobeat band Super Yamba when they visited Studio B in 2017. Now they've teamed up with Benin's Leon Ligan-Majek, a.k.a. Kaleta, who fronts this otherwise all-instrumental ensemble. Kaleta spent his teen years in Nigeria, playing with both Fela Kuti AND King Sunny Ade, the two greatest legends of Nigerian Afrobeat music. It's a mighty big sound, filling up Studio B and then The Mothlight in West Asheville Wednesday night.

Matt Fassas Live Thursday, July 26th between 3 & 4pm

Jul 23, 2018
Matt Fassas
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Matt Fassas moved from Eastern Kentucky to the South Carolina Upstate in 2008, and has become a new "Local Color" favorite of ours thanks to the host of that Monday evening program, Renee Denton. The singer/songwriter/guitarist taps into blues, classic rock, folk, and even the classical and jazz guitar work he studied in college. He's at Isis in West Asheville Thursday night, followed by a string of Greenville and other area shows. 

Olivia Chaney Live Wednesday, July 25th between 2 & 3pm

Jul 23, 2018

She's a classically-trained singer and pianist, but we first discovered Olivia Chaney thanks to her collaboration with The Decemberists in the group Offa Rex last year. The project showcased her deep connection with the British folk revival. She has a new solo release out on Nonesuch Records, and is in the area for a show at the Grey Eagle in Asheville Wednesday night. 

The National Reserve

"With the windows open and light streaming in, it felt as though the unflappable soundtrack of a summer day had joined the small, frenzied landscape of microphones and wires that had been planted all over the room." Experience this Brooklyn-based Americana rock band live on Monday afternoon. If only Studio B had windows! They play Knoxville on the 24th, and then FloydFest.

Learn more about The National Reserve here.

Pressing Strings Live Friday July 20th between 2 to 3pm

Jul 16, 2018

Annapolis, MD is the hometown for this indie soul rock trio, with guitarist Jordan Sokel, bassist Nick Welker, and drummer Brandon Bartlett. They play The Grey Eagle in Asheville Thursday night.

Urban Soil Live Thursday between 2 and 3pm

Jul 16, 2018

This Raleigh roots-rock jam quintet is a new discovery for us. They're playing Rhythm & Brews in downtown Hendersonville Thursday evening, and they come back to the area for a Greenville show August 10th.

River Whyless Live Wednesday, July 18th between 3 and 4pm

Jul 16, 2018

One of our favorite bands of late -- local or otherwise -- happens to have a couple days off around home, and Ryan O'Keefe, Halli Anderson, Alex McWalters, & Daniel Shearin have offered to spend part of the day with us in Studio B. They've got a terrific collection of timely songs on Kindness, A Rebel. 

The Honeycutters are playing a few southeast gigs this month, including the Salvage Station in Asheville on Friday, before spending August and September in Europe. Amanda stops by to update us on the latest, including some brand new material, most likely. Nice sticker on their van, by the way; we've got some if you need any...