on the way up

Band playing on stage in a purple haze
Joe Kendrick

"Get set for another round of songs that are just becoming or are already classified as bona fide earworms here at grassroots radio on this episode, said WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick. "Our feature DJ For A Day takes a bicycle trip to a little country store with the band Scythian, for the tale of how they were given a 19th century fiddle on the spot.

WNCW's new music podcast has lots of great new music featured here, with regional favorites from western NC like Tyler Ramsey and Rising Appalachia, and our segue of the show pairing songs written decades ago which have been covered many times, one of which is a brand new version from Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward.  Many of the songs on this podcast are also available on one of our Spotify playlists, titled “WNCW New Music.”

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Reed Foehl

Hello and welcome to WNCW’s new music podcast, On The Way Up, I’m your host Joe Kendrick for episode 40 of the show. Get set for some of the best new music to be featured here on grassroots radio, from acoustic to electric, from our daytime mix to ARC Overnight, and a whole lot in between.

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It’s new music time again here at grassroots radio WNCW. This is episode 39 of On The Way Up, where we take a break from our DJ For A Day feature, but manage to work in more songs along the way. You’ll hear new songs from our daytime, nighttime and overnight mix, with both WNCW favorites like Hayes Carll and newcomers like Nikki & The Phantom Callers making it into the podcast.

We say hello to the year 2019 with our first batch of new music for the podcast, almost all of which has a direct connection to the states of North Carolina and Texas. A nice coincidence, really. We bring back DJ For A Day with music historian and rare vinyl hunter Ken Friedman who produced the Tobacco Au-Go-Go series, and Ken has a mysterious 45 from Spindale that we are trying to figure out. We will also share some stories and some songs from his Tobacco Au-Go-Go compilations.

2018’s crop of new music is almost all harvested, but there are plenty of good songs to cook up and put on your podcast plate in this, episode 37 of the show. We’ll feature a couple of retrospective releases, with one from the late Charles Bradley, and another bootleg from Bob Dylan, who is up to volume 14 in that series. We serve up a punk cover by Ty Segall and a segue of the week from the Mekons, a set of new Christmas tunes, and much more.

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Vicki Dameron

WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick is back with his popular podcast On The Way Up. Each episode features some of the best tunes that are either fresh out of the shrink wrap, or just making their way into the hearts of WNCW listeners. Kendrick said in this episode, we'll go back and look at some of the songs that were played the most on WNCW for the first ten months of 2018. "We are almost set to begin voting for the top releases of the year in making our top 100," said Kendrick. "That voting will begin after Thanksgiving.

This episode includes a couple of our favorites in the Americana world, Courtney Marie Andrews and Kim Richey, plus some Chicago blues from the Nick Moss Band and an archival release from Jimi Hendrix with Stephen Stills on vocals, the return of my favorite trio from Hoboken, NJ, Yo La Tengo. We also welcome WNCW’s Paul Foster to our DJ For A Day segment, as we dive into what it’s like to be on the radio early (and I mean early!) every day, and what’s important and what’s not in the news world. Plus, a Segue Of The Week with a nugget from Nilsson.

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Scotty Robertson (left) and Joe Kendrick (right)
Photo by Vicki Dameron

In this episode, you’ll hear the return of The Mammals, who have expanded their musical palette considerably since their last release 12 years ago, folk music with a punk sensibility from The Tillers, Peter Rowan returning to bluegrass, plus captivating debuts from Vivian Leva and Lauren Ruth Ward, and more. We also have a DJ For A Day conversation with WNCW’s Rhythm Theorem and midday host Scotty Robertson about our recent programming moves, and we’ll wrap it up with an international set, including our Segue Of The Week.

On this episode we feature some of the artists making a big splash on our airwaves lately.  Tunes include a live 1963 album from the late great Doc Watson, R&B from England’s James Hunter Six, and newer voices as well, with a new spin on reggae from Holly Cook, hypnotic desert soundscapes from 3hatttrio, thick jazz grooves from Charlie Peacock and much more.

Welcome to Episode 32 of our exploration of some of the most notable songs to arrive in our mailboxes and inboxes lately here at grassroots radio. We’ve got everything from favorites like Wood Brothers and Calexico to the long-awaited return of North Carolina’s (and now more New Orleans’) own Squirrel Nut Zippers, several instrumental stand outs, and a Segue Of The Week with a dark classic from the band Portishead.

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WNCW Host Martin Anderson
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In this show we play some heavy hitting favorites, with western NC’s Steep Canyon Rangers showing up in the playlist, and a new and decidedly different approach from The Decemberists, plus one of our favorite Americana bands from Brooklyn, with a new single from Yarn. We’ll also get to some nifty jazz and violin tunes as well as feature an up and coming old time band from the high country here in the old north state.

After a holiday break, we return with a batch of music to break your sonic fast over the past month, and hopefully give you some warm feelings in this cold season along the way. The end of the calendar year and holidays always spell a slow time for new music, but we finally collected enough new offerings to make a quality mix for you, and are glad to get this show into a forward gear again. We’ll spin two western NC bands along with WNCW favorites like James McMurtry and Mavis Staples, and dip into some jazz and alternative rock along the way.

Martin Anderson on stage at the Warren Haynes Christmas Pre-Jam in 2016.
Photo by Vicki Dameron

On this episode of On The Way up, we spotlight Christmas themes with some of the best new music to come our way this season, like The Minus 5, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Decemberists, Lowland Hum and more. On “DJ For A Day”, I’ll talk with WNCW morning host and music director, Martin Anderson, about our top 100 of 2017, as voting for that yearly best-of list is going on right now at wncw.org. Plus we’ll spin you a “Segue of the Week”, pairing a newly reissued and practically unheard of soul tune from 1983 with another funky gem from our stacks of Christmas discs.

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Carolyn Young filming for NPR's Night Owl series
Joe Kendrick

In this episode, we sample some of the many different styles of music WNCW loves to play, including some tasty covers by the likes of Infamous Stringdusters, Charley Crockett,  Dori Freeman and newcomer Elise LeGrow. Plus, a Doo Wop “Segue Of The Week”, and on DJ For A Day, a conversation with Isothermal Community College broadcast instructor Carolyn Young about our mini adventure with NPR filming videos for their Night Owl series, and more.

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