Your WNCW music hosts have a spooky soundtrack for your Halloween preparations this week, with nonstop tricks and treats on Friday. Ghosts, goblins, witches, zombies, plus coverage of the Martian invasion, on the station that's so eclectic, it's almost scary.
He's been fully immersed with the Steep Canyon Rangers this past year as their percussionist, but Mike Ashworth's musical background is about as diverse as you can get, through work with various area bands over the years, on guitar and bass as well as percussion. Fellow Brevardian Spencer Jones hosts an hour with Mike and his favorite selections of others on Tuesday afternoon.
WNCW wraps up its month-long salute to the year 1989 for our 25th Anniversary with this one from a songwriter we still consider one of our favorites. Keen's got help from Jerry Douglas on the dobro, Mark Howard on guitar, and some fine fiddle and accordion session players, but the spotlight here is on the songs themselves. Yes, you will hear "The Road Goes On Forever" tonight. And yes, we will round out the hour with additional songs from Keen's great catalog.
After a long tenure with Lost Highway Records (following some tumultuous times with big industry labels in her first few years, including 1998's epic Car Wheels on a Gravel Road), Lucinda has finally released an album on her own label, Highway 20.
The sweet voice and talented songwriting behind The Honeycutters is Amanda Anne Platt, who has lately been putting the finishing touches on a new album we are anxiously awaiting. Platt also performs with other Asheville singers in Sweet Claudette. Martin Anderson turns her loose to program the 11am hour with some of her favorite artists and songs on Thursday. The Honeycutters play Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville Friday, and Barley's Taproom in Knoxville Saturday.
We continue our spotlight on 1989 releases for the Spindale Cycle as we celebrate our 25th anniversary this month, with this 5-star blues crossover release. Vaughan had established himself as a powerful force with his 4 or 5 previous releases, but this one was the first to really showcase his own songwriting (co-writes with Doyle Bramhall on "The House is Rockin'", "Tightrope", "Scratch-n-Sniff"), and one of his most revered albums.
Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman has assembled one heckuva group, featuring dual lead vocals with Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene, along with lead guitarist Tom Bukovac and bassist Nick Govrik. Trigger Hippy digs into gritty blues and powerful soul-infused rock, with influences from each of these established artists showing strong on this self-titled debut. Join us as we spotlight it Thursday night. And if you ever get a chance to see them live, do it!
"He's got lifetimes of emotion in his voice." So says Mary Gauthier in this documentary about gospel singer Mike Farris. His moving new release Shine For All the People is a favorite here at WNCW, and Mike joins Joe Kendrick live on Friday at 1pm, on his way to The Evening Muse in Charlotte Friday night and the Altamont Theatre in Asheville on Sunday.