on the way up

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)
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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.
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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.

Stephanie and Kim looking out a window at The Orange Peel
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Host Joe Kendrick brings in a fresh batch of new music for you, including jazz, funk, bluegrass, Americana and Celtic, with a Segue Of The Week going back to British guitar legend Bert Jansch’s 1979 album Avocet. DJ For A Day sees our own Stephanie Webb and Kim Henson prepping us for our Fall Fund Drive in a conversation highlighting what weeks (make that months) of preparation go into the event, and what is new for our lineup of thank-you gifts this time around. Many of these songs featured in the episode are on our thank-you discs available during the fund drive as well.

It’s that time of year when new music releases are at a fever pitch, when we’re getting more good albums and EPs and singles than we would in other times, including four acts from North Carolina.  So, get set for one of the old North state’s most celebrated bands of late, Hiss Golden Messenger, along with former Rosebuds’ frontman Ivan Howard’s new solo project, Howard Ivans, as well as Mississippi singer-songwriter transplant Krista Shows, and fellow Asheville residents and husband and wife team, The Moon And You.

The volume of great music coming to WNCW is incredible these days, and in this episode we dive into a collection of outstanding songs from favorites like Bruce Cockburn, Joan Osborne and Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton, who were co-founders of the Be Good Tanyas. We’ve got newcomers like Big State from Austin, TX, and Midnight Sister from Los Angeles. Also, host Joe Kendrick has a conversation with radio veteran Steph Beckett on DJ For A Day, talking about her experience in both commercial and public radio, and how many diverse skills are called for in the business today.

Get set for some modern day honky-tonk and roots rock from Eilen Jewell, JD McPherson and newcomer Haley Thompson-King, plus a new double disc from Luna, who fortunately decided to get back together, plus we’ll go dark with a couple picks from our nighttime sound -- a truly deep concept record from Public Service Broadcasting paired up with a classic track from Joy Division for our Segue Of The Week. DJ For A Day features WNCW midday host and Rhythm Theorem host Scotty Robertson, as we share stories of just how wrong things can go with live guests on the radio.

In this episode, we run the gamut from artists who are brand new on the scene to longstanding, award-winning favorites. This batch of music tends towards the jazzy, bluesy and poppy side of WNCW’s music mix, and begins with an artist who is returning to an inspiration some 40 years on, now bringing elements he never yet dared to his sound. We’ll feature a Segue Of The Week matching a new artist from Australia with a band that has evoked America’s Southwest for decades, and a lot more.

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Fiddlers’ conventions have been going on in the South for over a century. Today you can find some of the very best fiddlers’ conventions here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since 1972, musicians have been converging on the town of Mount Airy during the first weekend in June, for the world-famous Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention.

After taking a little summer break, we’re back into the swing with some great women’s voices in the bands Offa Rex, Kacy & Clayton and This Is The Kit. We keep it local with Charlotte NC group The Loudermilks, get into some psychedelic funk from Mali and tip our hat to the late great Allen Toussaint, and more.

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