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Author Jeffrey Blount Being Interviewed By News Producer Paul Foster
Vicki Dameron

Staffers at Isothermal Community College, in Spindale NC - home to WNCW, were honored to welcome guest speaker, Jeffrey Blount, retired veteran director of NBC News programs like the Today Show and Meet The Press. Blount worked with the network for more than 30 years and is also an author, an award winning documentary script writer, and winner of an Emmy.  Blount is traveling across the country to talk about his latest book, The Emancipation of Evan Walls, and to share thoughts on issues involving race and social justice.

We have ANOTHER ticket giveaway! You can see Chris Stapleton this summer - free! Enter by sending email with STAPLETON in the subject line to pledge@wncw.org - Contest ends Tuesday, Feb. 18, at noon. Share this with your friends! Chris Stapleton’s “All-American Road Show” will return this summer & fall with a new run of shows with stops at PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte on August 7th & more! The tour includes Elle King & Kendell Marvel! For more info go to livenation.com.

 

Dana and Sue used to call Marshall, NC home, and many in WNC will remember this sweet couple contributing to the local old-time and folk music scene. They moved back to Vermont a few years back, and are back in the area in support of  The Town That Music Saved: A Collection of Vermont-Inspired Songs. They play Isis in West Asheville Thursday night.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Lincolnshire, England folk/blues musician Jack Broadbent has spent the the past few years wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar and songs. You've likely heard us play songs from his new album Moonshine Blue lately. He plays Isis in West Asheville Saturday night.

Tall Tall Trees is the pseudonym of Mike Savino, whose pioneering psychedelic banjo sound has marveled audiences both with his one-man-show loops and effects, and in collaborations with fellow multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi. He now calls the Asheville area home, and visits Studio B before his Saturday night show at Ambrose West. We feature his new release for New Tunes at 2 on Wednesday.

Band laughing and posing - young man smiling at photographer
Hogslop String Band Image By David McClister

"We're having an old-time throwdown this week with the Hogslop String Band, the Nashville-based string band who arrived replete with a genuine washtub bass played by a guy named Pickle and a partying, fun-loving attitude," said Host Kim Clark, adding "We'll also share music from Young Mister, the Tryon, NC singer/songwriter whose album Sudden Swoon turned a lot of ears when we started playing it late last year."

Relax, unwind and enjoy WNCW live session highlights on Studio B Rewind, every Sunday at 7pm!

Ram Mandelkorn  (The Digs, other Asheville bands) has a great sounding squad that will join him in Studio B  before their album release show at The Mothlight in Asheville Friday the 31st. Get ready for an Earthquake of cool grooves!

From Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark:

At 7pm Sunday evening, host Kim Clark will share music from some WNCW perennial favorites, including Darrell Scott, who was here for an interview and performance session this past June 7th - 23 years to the day of his visit here with Sam Bush, John Cowan and Larry Atamanuik back in 1996. Also on tap are the good vibes and sweet harmonies of Chatham Rabbits, whose songs are steeped in the culture and history of working-class North Carolina. 

Band posing with instruments
Dave Simchock

WNCW staffers are gearing up for the station's annual LIVE Goin' Across The Mountain show which will be held this Saturday, January 18, at The Foundation For Performing Arts Center, located here on the campus of Isothermal Community College, in Spindale, North Carolina.

Bobby Rush has been playing the blues and R&B chitlin' circuit for some 70 years now, and shows no sign of slowing down. The recent Grammy winner talks about music over the years, his new album, oh and an upcoming Eddie Murphy blaxploitation film he costars in... WNCW's Martin Anderson attended the 20th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville, and recorded interviews with him and other artists we love playing. We'll hear a couple of solo tunes too, from Sound Stage Studios there.

AmericanaFest Interview/Session Podcast with Andrew Bird

Nov 28, 2019

WNCW's Martin Anderson attended the 20th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tenneesee and recorded interviews with Andrew Bird and other artists we love playing. Andrew shed some light on the inspirations behind his latest album "My Finest Work Yet," as well as what new instruments he's been into lately. Check out the versions of "Sisyphus" and "Manifest" he laid down too, from Sound Stage Studios there.

The United Kingdom's new "Queen of Country Soul" has got to be Miss Yola! Get to know her as she talks about hearing Aretha Franklin for the first time, working with Dan Auerbach, & more. WNCW's Martin Anderson attended the 20th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville, and recorded interviews with her and other artists we love playing.

Band members playing bluegrass music
By Joe Kendrick

"Trout Steak Revival is based out of Denver, with members from their home state as well as Wisconsin, Michigan and New York," said WNCW's Joe Kendrick. "They formed in 2008 and have won several prestigious awards, including an Emmy for their soundtrack to a Rocky Mountain PBS documentary, the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, as well as having been nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association."

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