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We got to to know Boone-based singer/songwriter Shay Martin Lovette around 2017, and this year he won one of MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Competitions. He's also won in Telluride's Troubadour Songwriting Competition. He plays Park Rhythms at Lake Tomahawk Park in Black Mountain, NC Thursday evening, and Reevestock in Elkin, NC on Saturday.

Live Thursday, August 1st between 3 & 4pm: Rich Mahan

Jul 27, 2019

Rich Mahan blends "outlaw country" and rock, and has a lot of fun with it. You can tell he likes to have fun, with songs like "Daydrinking" "Stoned as a Roman Slave" and "Hippie in the City." And, you can tell the California native has found his natural home in Nasheville, with the naming of his new release "Hot Chicken Wisdom," and his previous one "Blame Bobby Bare." Rich and band play The Salvage Station in Asheville, NC Thursday, and Barley's Taproom in Knoxville Friday.

The two Afro-Beat giants were bound to make a spark when they met. Kaleta, from Benin and Nigeria, has played with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Majek Fashek, & Lauryn Hill, and now lives in NYC. The 6-piece psychedelic Afro-funk-and-rock band Super Yamba formed in Brooklyn in 2014, and have had Kaleta fronting them since 2017. We're excited to welcome their big sound back to Studio B before their show Wednesday night at The Mothlight in Asheville, NC.

At 7pm Sunday evening, Studio B 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. Our host will also bring the good vibes and sweet harmonies of the Chatham Rabbits to the airwaves Sunday evening. Clark says the band's songs are steeped in the culture and history of working-class North Carolina.

Live Saturday, July 27th between Noon & 1pm: Backline

Jul 23, 2019

More live bluegrass coming your way from Studio B, as this 5-piece Spartanburg, SC band pays us a visit. As most of the band members grew up in "Mill Hill Towns" such as Pacolet, Glendale, Spartanburg etc., they took their name from a term often used during the booming textile era of our region. Learn more about it, and the band, this Saturday on "Goin' Across the Mountain!"

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.

Band members smiling and singing in Studio B
Vicki Dameron

Studio B rewind Host Kim Clark says we'll be covering a lot of territory on the next Studio B Rewind, from Smith County Texas all the way to Paris, France. "Representing the Lonestar State is exuberant bluesman Sugaray Rayford, who was here with his band back in May to play songs from the group's new album Somebody Save Me," said Clark.

Friday Feature- Summer at The Earl Scruggs Center

Jul 19, 2019

His name, his music, his banjo-pickin' style are all legendary and a center in honor of his memory and accomplishments is located in Shelby, N.C. On this Friday Feature, WNCW presents 'The Earl Scruggs Center' during a conversation with Executive Director, Mary Beth Martin. Hear all the details and find out about what's called Pickin' on the Porch. This originally aired July 5, 2019.

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

From the desk of WNCW Program Director and Producer of Southern Songs and Stories, Joe Kendrick:

 

We're excited to share our latest On The Way Up Podcast with you this week! It's hosted by Lauren Wasmund, our WNCW summer intern. She'll take us on a true Americana musical journey with songs from artists like the Fruit Bats from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, to the funkalicious sounds of Kev "Shinyribs" Russell from Austin Texas, followed by a DJ For The Day Segment featuring Ashevillian Julian Pinelli, a local North Carolina master fiddler and free style violinist.

The Steel Wheels present the seventh annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival on July 12, 13 & 14, 2019, brought to you by Blue Mountain Brewery and WNRN.

Three days, four stages and 40 bands at the beautiful Natural Chimneys Park and Campground in Mt Solon, VA, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

Collage of images of mountains and events at Highland Games
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Scottish clans, Celtic fans and festival lovers worldwide are gearing up for the 64th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, a four-day event celebrating Gaelic culture, heritage, music, athletics and dance. Some claim it’s one of the largest gathering of clans in the world and it begins in western North Carolina, Thursday, July 11 at 4:30pm.

Close up of child's hands playing with toys
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Discussed on this edition of More To The Story was the report in Asheville's Mountain Xpress on "Buncombe County Faces a Lack of Affordable Childcare."  Parents working outside the home have to depend on daycare for their children, which doesn't come easy, especially when it comes to the price tag for the average household.  Intern Writer Hannah Massen, with some assistance, handled the article that was discussed with WNCW by Mountain Xpress Managing Editor, Virginia Daffron.  This interview was on-air July 3, 2019.

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Each year, The Haywood Arts Council presents Junior Appalachian Musicians Camp or just call it JAM Camp.  Its a chance to introduce area youth to cultural mountain heritage music, the traditions and sound and their importance to our region.  This year's camp starts in this month of July.  Guest on this Friday Feature Interview of the Week from June 28, 2019 was Director of the Haywood Arts Council- Leigh Forrester.

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

Babseball in blue glove in green grass
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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.

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