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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 happily gearing up for the station's annual LIVE Goin' Across The Mountain show which will be held Saturday, January 18, at The Foundation For Performing Arts Center, located 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."

While the word had already been spreading, WNCW and Concert Promoter Steve Johnson made it official that an Earl Scruggs Music Festival was coming next year.  There was no better place for the announcement than at the recent IBMA Awards held in Raleigh, NC.  The Inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival will take place Labor Day Weekend, 2020, at The Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. WNCW's Joe Kendrick sat down with Johnson at the IBMA's to discuss the event.  The conversation first aired Oct. 4, 2019.

Smoky Mountain News and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine  - Reporter/Journalist Garret Woodward returned to WNCW on this edition of More To The Story.  Garret recapped his travels to catch great music festivals and in some cases, conduct one-on-one artists interviews from the Carolinas to NY State.  He shares his travels and stories.  Garret also talked about the passing of the legendary Raymond Fairchild, who he called friend.  This interview was aired Oct. 23, 2019.

Album art for The Avett Brothers New Release
Universal Music Group

The Avett Brothers will perform at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina on All Hallows Eve - October 31st. The folk rock band released its 10th album, Closer Than Together, this month and it’s already topping charts and selling like crazy. They have a huge fan base here in North Carolina, their home state, and they have an equally large and devoted following worldwide. WNCW music hosts have been spinning tunes by the Avett Brothers for many years, and we’re playing songs from Closer Than Together on the daily.

Photo by Joe Kendrick

The Slocan Ramblers hail from Toronto, Canada. Their debut album Queen City Jubilee  was a 2019 Juno Award Nominee for Traditional Roots Album of the Year. WNCW's Joe Kendrick caught up with them during a busy week of bluegrass and more at last month's IBMA festival in Raleigh. The Slocans are: Frank Evans: Banjo, Adrian Gross: Mandolin, Darryl Poulsen: Guitar, Alastair Whitehead: Bass

Wow. It's really hard to believe we have been on the air for more than 30 years! We have always been listener supported and we are so very thankful for all of the donations that have kept us alive and well for three decades.

Earlier this year we had a contest to see who could come up with the collest logo to celebrate our "Big Three Oh." The winner hands down was Rob Hibbitts who came up with this wonderful sunrise design.

Check Out Our New Cosmic American Music Show T-Shirt

Oct 18, 2019
Man holding cool shirt
Vicki Dameron

Cosmic Fans Unite! We have a new Cosmic American Music Show shirt designed with Gram Parsons in mind. Cosmic Host Brad Watson was thinking about how super cool Gram's Nudie Suit was, and he and WNCW's Brenda Craig came up with this design based on the Nudie. The shirt is the show's 10th Annivesary tee. We all LOVE it and know you will too! You can call us and pledge at 800 245 8870 and  you can pledge online... just click here > DONATE and pick up the new Cosmic T-shirt.

Musician playing guitar
Vicki Dameron

We all love us some Warren Haynes Pre-Jam and Christmas Jam - two special nights of incredible music! It's held every year in December at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC.

Make a pledge before 9pm tonight, to your favorite public radio station - WNCW and we'll automatically enter you into our fantastic Pre-Jam Giveaway. The winner will receive two VIP tickets to the Pre-Jam - December 13th, and the Christmas Jam on December 14th. It also includes a two night stay at the Garden Hilton in downtown Asheville, NC AND access to WNCW's pre-party Pre-Jam and catered dinner.

It's Wednesday night and we all know what that means... it's time to open the Jar of Jam and enjoy the Grateful Dead. Each Wednesday we love to bring our fans The Dead Hour with David Gans and Dead Air with Trent Henley! We have lots of Deadheads out there in WNCW land and we love to break out the groovy tunes, every hump day, just for the faithful.

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