Western North Carolina

Image of Chimney Rock with Lake Lure In the background
Vicki Dameron

WNCW has been partnering with Chimney Rock State Park for many, many years. We share the same county... Rutherford County, NC in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.The folks at Chimney Rock say this about their incredible state park:"Chimney Rock. It’s one part living classroom, one part outdoor gym. With ample opportunities to learn and explore, along with hiking trails, climbing opportunities, and exciting ways to break a sweat and stay fit, you’re in for a bit of learning, and a bit of fitness."

Alex knows how to combine some of the best area musicians, and also knows how to combine blues, rock, and folk into a compelling blend. They have an album release show for "Sleeping On the Woodlands" at Ambrose West in West Asheville on Sunday evening.

A case that involved mistrust, fraud, expenditures, luxury benefits, and more by members of Buncombe County, NC that included top leaders, is reviewed up until the recent day of jail sentencing in U.S. District Court.  A series of interviews, going back over two years, with Asheville Citizen-Times Reporter- Jennifer Bowman provides all the scandalous details that involved former County Manager Wanda Greene, Assistant County Manager John Creighton, and others.   The interview first aired on September 4, 2019.

Beautiful View of Blue Ridge Mountains, trees and split rail fence
Vicki Dameron

Hear all about the Pisgah-Nantahala national forest draft management plan for the next 20 plus years, as this Friday Feature spotlights ECO Foresters in Western North Carolina with its Communications Director Lang Hornthal.  Lang also provides information on invasive species that try and take over the forests and what's known as The Sandy Mush Forest Restoration Project.  This interview aired August 30, 2019.

Vicki Dameron

The 2019-20 season marks the 21st season for The Foundation Performing Arts Center, located at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC.  Foundation Executive Director  Russell Wicker was guest on this edition of The Friday Feature to cover the season's guests appearing from September through April.  Learn about dates for such musical acts as The Drifters and Balsam Range and a dedication to Sir Paul with The McCartney Years.  This interview first aired August 23, 2019.

It's time for the Mountain Song Festival and folks are gearing up for another incredible music event at one of the most popular venues in western North Carolina, the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. The lineup, as usual, is phenomenal. The host band is a WNCW fave, The Steep Canyon Rangers. The Grammy Award winning group calls "The Land of Waterfalls" home - and, to the delight of music lovers, they play multiple times during the festival. Yes. The amazing, full lineup for the three day event looks like this:

FRIDAY

Not your momma's Argentinian bluegrass band... She didn't have one, did she?! Actually, this string band out of Argentina, Mexico, and North Carolina incorporates a lot of great Latin American styles into their shows as well as bluegrass and old-time, and we're excited to welcome to 'NCW for their first appearance. They play the Mountain Song Festival in Brevard on Saturday.

One of the most revered storyteller/singer/songwriters of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and one whom we've loved playing and hosting at WNCW since our first years, Michael Reno Harrell returns to Studio B before his Saturday show in Asheville and a number of assorted appearances throughout the South this Fall. Consider this one of our first mini-celebrations of the station's 30th anniversary! Perhaps he'll have some "Southern suggestions" for us....

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:

Since the day it was announced, western North Carolinians and music lovers nationwide have been anxiously awaiting the kick off of the innaugural Strings & Suds Festival, as have WNCW friends, fans and staff members. Now, the wait is over - the festivities begin on Friday, August 23 at 7pm at The Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Yes please.

Friday Lineup - Taproom Stage:

Danny Burns, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and Ashley Heath and her Heathens

More to the Story- Forced to Fight

Aug 20, 2019

Smoky Mountain News published the the article "Forced to Fight: Opioid Data Puts Local Addiction in Context."  The writer of the story, Reporter Cory Vaillancourt, was guest on this edtion of More to the Story from August 14, 2019.  Through information provided by the Washington Post, Cory shared data on locations across Western NC when it comes to the amount of opioid prescriptions being written in various locations.  The results might surprise you.

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.

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