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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
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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.

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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.

Greetings and welcome to day four of our 30th Anniversary Fall Fundraiser! Thank you for all of the wonderful pledges and heartfelt comments!

Today, we are offering a sweet incentive - When you make a donation before 6pm you'll get a chance to win our Mountain Magnolia Inn Package, located in Hot Springs, NC, which includes the following:

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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."

WE HAVE TICKETS FOR YOU!

Seriously, we have lots of great opportunities for seeing live music AND supporting your favorite public radio station, WNCW 88.7 FM! We also have some groovy gift certificates. You will have to call us at 800 245 8870 to pick up on these amazing thank you gifts. They are not available online.

So... make it a date night, or perhaps give them as a Christmas gift and/or birthday present for one of your significant others!

Fall Fundraiser Tickets:

Joe Kendrick

From Program Director and Southern Songs and Stories Producer Joe Kendrick:

 

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Darin and Brooke Aldridge

We are excited to announce Darin and Brooke Aldridge will join Music Host Joe Greene, live in the WNCW studio on Saturday at 2pm to talk all things Inner Journey, their forthcoming new album. "Brooke was recently named the International Bluegrass Music Association's Female Vocalist Of the Year, for the third year in a row," said Greene. "Tune in a for a sneak peek at some of the songs on Inner Journey as Darin and Brooke get set for their hometown album release show at the Don Gibson Theater in Shelby, NC on Thursday October 17th."

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."

Husband and wife duo Natalya Weinstein and John Miller take their middle names front and center with Zoe & Cloyd, and have added Bennett Sullivan on banjo and guitar and Kevin Kehrberg on bass. They released I Am Your Neighbor on Organic Records soon after our time together at the 2019 IBMA. WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick caught up with them in Raleigh, NC at the IBMA Awards and WNCW Host Joe Green will air that recorded session on his show The Tall Grass. Stay with us!

Fall colors on winding road in western North Carolina
Vicki Dameron

Our State is the magazine that celebrates North Carolina.  It just so happens that the October edition is always the Annual Mountain edition.  Our State Editor in Chief, Elizabeth Hudson joined The Friday Feature to talk about their special mountain edition. Topics include Linville and the Linville Gorge, the heart of Morganton, and Mountain Meals.  Hop on highway 221 South and join us.  The conversation originally aired Sept. 27, 2019.

Greenville News Investigative Reporter Daniel Gross spoke with WNCW's Paul Foster on 'More To The Story' to go over the paper's six-month investigation report  analyzing statewide South Carolina police data and how often an officers weapon was used.  Gross specifically shares the results from the Greenville County's Sheriff's Office.  The interview first aired on Sept. 25, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of More to the Story, Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

Joe Kendrick spoke with Trout Steak Revival at the IBMA gathering in Raleigh last month, and we recorded their interview and a few songs. Fiddler Bevin Foley  is a native of Colorado. Mandolinist/guitarist Steve Foltz and bassist Casey Houlihan both hail from Wisconsin. Dobro/guitar player Will Koster emigrated to Colorado after spending his youth near the forests and streams of Michigan. Banjo player Travis McNamara, the youngest member of Trout Steak, is from upstate New York.

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