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Top 100
2:40 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

WNCW's 2014 Top 100 - Staff Picks

Martin Anderson’s Top 10:
1. Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy
2. Hurray for the Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes
3. I Draw Slow – White Wave Chapel
4. Lake Street Dive - Bad Self Portraits
5. Bryan Sutton – Into My Own
6. St. Paul & The Broken Bones - St. Paul & The Broken Bones
7. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
8. Sam Amidon – Lily-O
9. Thievery Corporation - Saudade
10. Curtis McMurtry - Respectable Enemy

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Top 100
12:02 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

WNCW's 2014 Top 100 Results

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
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Studio B
10:39 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Live Wednesday the 7th at 11am: LANEY JONES

Darin Back

With her intriguing blend of Appalachian, jazz and rock, Laney Jones has been winning a string of awards lately, from such corners as the Kennedy Center's American Voices and other festivals, Eddie's Attic, and the Southern Musician Showcase. We enjoyed discovering her with her terrific album called "Golden Road". She and her band The Lively Spirits play Asheville Tuesday, Bristol Wednesday, Knoxville Thursday, Gaffney on the 13th, and Charlotte on the 14th.

Studio B
10:38 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Live Thursday the 8th at 2pm: JONATHAN BYRD

Many of us first got to know his music when he sang about WNCW's ARC Overnight show on 2003's "Radio", and his latest album is You Can't Outrun the Radio. But these aren't the only reasons Jonathan is one of our favorite NC songwriters; he shows his great storytelling and melody-making skills throughout so many gems he's written. His shows in our area include Asheville on Thursday, Johnson City Friday, and Charlotte on the 17th.

New Tunes at Two
10:34 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

New Releases Featured This Week, January 5th-7th

Monday: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY - Before The Sun Goes Down

Tuesday: RYAN BINGHAM - Fear and Saturday Night

Wednesday: JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE - Absent Fathers

Spindale Cycle
10:34 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Monday Night the 5th at 8pm: IRIS DEMENT - Infamous Angel

We celebrate the birthday of this great Arkansas singer/songwriter with her incredible debut from 1992 Monday night. It's hard to fathom that she didn't consider herself a good singer for so long -- the heart-open-wide emotion in her voice can stop you dead in your tracks. And the confessional and inspiring songs here are equally moving. Her devotion to the legacy of the Carter Family can be heard in songs like "Mama's Opry" and her cover of "Fifty Miles of Elbow Room", and there's a lot of mutual admiration between her and John Prine, too.

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Peak of the Week
10:33 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Thursday Night January 8th: STURGILL SIMPSON - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

The Peak of the Week this Thursday evening is actually WNCW's Peak of the Year: the #1 Album pick among WNCW listeners in 2014's Top 100 Countdown (by a surprisingly solid margin). Produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell among others), Simpson weaves swirling, psychedelic instrumentation with his strong Waylon Jennings outlaw country influence, for the best cosmic country soundtrack this side of the otherworld.

Programming
9:28 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

A Year In Music - Part Two

Lake Street Dive
Joe Kendrick

It all boils down to time spent. The more time I spent with a record, the more likely it was to make it onto this list. Imagine a Christmas or New Year's party with hundreds of people that you may or may not know, and witness how you gravitate towards some and not others, how circumstance steps in and closes a conversation here but continues one there. An old friend may seem a little disheveled as the evening wears on; a new acquaintance might be most intriguing.

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Spindale Cycle
1:49 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Monday Night the 29th at 8pm: JOHN HARTFORD - Mark Twang

December 30th is the anniversary of the birth of one of WNCW's favorite artists, John Hartford. We've spun his masterpieces Aero-Plain (1971) and Morning Bugle (1972) in past years for The Spindale Cycle; this time, how about this one from 1976. Mark Twang, as you might expect, centers all around riverboats, river men, and other features of Hartford's beloved Mississippi River. It is considered by some to be the pinnacle of his long artistic run (he recorded from 1967 through 2000).

Peak of the Week
1:49 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Thursday Night January 1st between 9pm and Midnight: THE NEW BASEMENT TAPES - Lost On the River

For the first night of the new year, let's feature the artist who is far and away WNCW listeners' favorite, based on previous listener polls, Bob Dylan. However,the artists featured here are actually Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and Elvis Costello, with producer T-Bone Burnett getting the credit for initiating this collective.

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