Western North Carolina

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.

The Catawba Indian Nation hopes to build a casino in Kings Mountain, Cleveland County NC.  While there is support from local and state representatives for the Catawba's plan, there is also opposition from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who have state representatives on their side as well. Cherokee is already home to the ever growing Harrah's Cherokee Casino. What makes this issue right or wrong?  Reporter Holly Kays of Smoky Mountain News explains on this More to the Story from July 17, 2019.

Live Thursday, July 25th between 3 & 4pm: Town Mountain

Jul 23, 2019

One of Asheville's best bands has a few more gigs in our area! Town Mountain is Phil Barker on mandolin, Robert Greer on guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo, Bobby Britt on fiddle, and Zach Smith on bass. They'll be in Charlotte at The Visulite Theater on July 25, at Charleston Pour House on July 26, and at The Orange Peel on July 27.

Babseball in blue glove in green grass
stanbalik

On this segment of More To The Story, we share news about The Alternative Baseball Organization, providing an opportunity to be in a competitive league for those who have Autism or other special needs.  The group is eyeing a spot in Western North Carolina.  Staff Writer with the Smoky Mountains News- Cory Vaillancourt provides the details from a recent story he wrote.  The ABO has received national attention for its efforts.  This interview originally aired June 26, 2019.

Male and female musicians singing in front of mic
David Simchock

The husband-and-wife duo of Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller perform under their middle names. Zoe and Cloyd represent not only the partnership between Natalya and John, but a coming-together of two families’ musical traditions. Natalya is the daughter of a jazz pianist, and the granddaughter of a Russian klezmer musician. She herself plays klezmer and classical as well as mountain music.

DVD cover for documentary Guardian of our Troubled Waters
David Weintraub

On this segment of the Friday Feature Interview of the Week we're proud to share The Center for Cultural Preservation's new documentary on the river hereos of the South called "Guardians Of Our Troubled Waters."  Award Winning Documentary Film Director and Executive Director for the Center, David Weintraub, is our guest. He'll be discussing the new film and announcing when it will be debuting in cities across Western North Carolina.  SaveCulture.org  provides full information or... just go ahead and listen.  Originally broadcast on WNCW June 7, 2019.

In early June this year, our Program Director Joe Kendrick attended the Cold Mountain Music Festival at the Lake Logan Conference Center in beautiful Canton, NC. He had the opportunity to chat a bit with J.S. Ondara about music and the meaning of Ondara's song “Master O’Connor.” They also talk about the importance of writing one's own music and why the Kenyan/American musician rarely plays covers.  Finally... you'll hear Ondara's observations on American culture.

Three amigos hanging out in the hallowed halls of WNCW
Vicki Dameron

It's almost time for Merlefest 2019 to get underway and numerous other music festivals across Western North Carolina.  That's why this Friday Feature Interview of the Week features Garret Woodward, Arts and Music Editor for Smoky Mountain News, who will be traveling to various live music events and hopes to conduct some one-on-one artist interviews.  Garret also shares the thrill of now being a contributing writer for the legendary Rolling Stone Magazine.  This interview originally aired April 19, 2019

The Friday Feature: The Climate Listening Project

Apr 3, 2019
Woman and man in radio station on-air studio
Vicki Dameron

Are you familiar with The Climate Listening Project of Western North Carolina? It just so happens that this edition of WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week provides all the details on the group and their latest event, 'The Same Soil- A Portraiture by Artist/Biologist Shannon Bodeau.'  Dayna Reggero, Climate Listening Project Director, is our guest.  This interview first aired on March 22, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature, Paul Foster- WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and NPR Morning Edition Regional Host.

More to the Story: Midterms in Western NC

Nov 6, 2018

State and Federal Government and Politics Reporter for the Asheville Citizen-Times, Mark Barrett was guest on this Morning Edition from Oct. 31, 2018 covering some of the key midterm political races facing Buncombe County voters, as well as house and senate positions around Western North Carolina.

Posted by Host and Producer of WNCW's More To The Story- Paul Foster, Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

The organization 'Steps To Hope' is a domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and treatment center, located in Columbus, N.C.  They have their annual Domestic Violence Walk on Oct. 19th, but the main focus of this Friday Feature Inteview is to talk about cases of domestic violence and what the case load looks like across the state and in Western N.C.  From Steps To Hope- guests are Jessica Caldwell and Paula Ravan.

Image of Lula and Glenn Bolick
NC Arts Council

Glenn and Lula Bolick of Caldwell County are 2018 winners of the N.C. Heritage Award, the state’s highest honor for traditional artists. Lula is a member of the Owens family of Piedmont potters. Glenn grew up in a family whose heritage of music-making, sawmilling, and storytelling goes back generations. He carries on all three arts today, in addition to the pottery-making that he learned from Lula and her family.

Woman smiling holding banjo
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.

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Chester McMillian is a legend of old-time guitar in Mount Airy, NC, playing the distinctive Round Peak music of Surry County for decades. McMillian grew up in a family of musicians and started playing early in life when his father helped make him a cigar-box guitar.

Grants Available for Heritage Projects

Jul 10, 2018

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has announced its 2018 Heritage Grants Program to fund projects that preserve, interpret and promote Western North Carolina’s agricultural, craft, Cherokee, music, and natural heritage. These five distinctive legacies earned the region a Congressional designation as a National Heritage Area in 2003.

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