traditional music

Stacie Huckeba

She's received three Grammy nominations, seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards, and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Dolly Parton credits her with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." And we get to host her for a solo session in Studio B on Wednesday, before her show with her band in Asheville Thursday night!

On the latest episode of Down The Road on The Blue Ridge Mountain Music Trails of North Carolina, Host Laura Boosinger spotlights the multitalented musician Lillian Chase. She's a 6th generation North Carolinian, an award winning fiddle phenom who is 15-years-old and has already won the following awards:

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Images By Joe Kendrick

When talking about how things used to be two decades ago, Adam Aijala, guitarist and founding member of Yonder Mountain String Band said, “We could play a hardcore bluegrass festival, and we'd be the weird band; we could play a jam band festival and be the only band without drums.” That’s not always the case for this now five-piece group nowadays, but they still find themselves in a place where few artists stay for long: bridging the musical territories of classic bluegrass with jam and psychedelia. 

We'll have LIVE music coming your way Saturday afternoon when Goin' Across The Mountain Host Todd Baldwin welcomes Carolina Divide to WNCW. The band members hail from both North Carolina and South Carolina, and as they say - "hence the name." They're known for their love of traditional, gospel and bluegrass tunes. We're excited to share a live session featuring these multitalented, local artists whose sound is unmistakenly deeply rooted in the south and in Appalachian music.

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Vicki Dameron

It's hard to believe the 31st Annual MerleFest begins Thursday, April 25th - Yes! Are you going? We'll be there most certainly. The lineup, as usual, is FANTASTIC. You can find out more about the artists on the link below.

Goin' Across The Mountain Host Joe Greene welcomes members of Carolina Blue Saturday, December 15th in the One O'clock hour to talk about, and premiere, songs from the bluegrass band's new album, "I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me." They'll also talk about a very special event coming up next month - Carolina Blue is part of the lineup for our Annual LIVE Goin' Across The Mountain Show, January 18th 2019, at the Isothermal Community College Foundation Performing Arts Center, in Sp

The Primitive Quartet began in 1973, when two sets of brothers, Reagan and Larry Riddle and Furman and Norman Wilson, carried a guitar and mandolin with them on a fishing trip to Fontana Lake. The boys all sang at home and in church, but that night in Graham County was when they first sang in four-part harmony. After the fishing trip, with the encouragement of their parents and pastor, they began to sing together at area churches.

Arvil Freeman
Blue Ridge National heritage Area

Master fiddler Arvil Freeman of Madison County has married elements of old-time and bluegrass in his distinctive “long-bow” style of playing. As a veteran performer and a longtime teacher, Arvil was honored with the 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award, the state’s highest honor for traditional artists.

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WNCW 88.7 FM and The Foundation  are thrilled to once again present “Goin’ Across the Mountain Live” in honor of WNCW’s acclaimed Saturday bluegrass show. Headlining this year will be the "Queen Of Bluegrass," Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.

Martha Spencer will appear live on “This Old Porch” at 4pm November 18th, in support of her new self titled CD. The delightfully charming and talented daughter of musicians Thornton and Emily Spencer, Martha grew up performing and recording with Southwest Virginia’s  Whitetop Mountain Band. Originally formed in the ‘40s by uncle and legendary fiddler Albert Hash, Thornton Spencer’s fiddle playing and Emily Spencer’s sweet vocals and banjo artistry carried the tradition forward for their children.

Lillian Chase is a 14-year old old-time and bluegrass fiddler and ballad singer with an album produced by John Doyle. The 6th generation native of Western North Carolina found the fiddle at the age of 6, and has a strong interest in the local and regional old-time music that goes with our mountain history. This spirited youngster also plays the stand-up bass, and enjoys playing classical violin in one of the Asheville Symphony Youth orchestras. Lillian appeared at Merlefest 2018 and also performed  in Marion, Va.

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Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Many of today’s outstanding old-time and bluegrass musicians carry on longstanding family traditions. One such artist is multi-instrumentalist and flatfoot dancer Marsha Bowman Todd. A musician all her life, Marsha is one of the leading lights of the legendary musical community of Mount Airy, North Carolina.