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On The Way Up | Episode 25

The volume of great music coming to WNCW is incredible these days, and in this episode we dive into a collection of outstanding songs from favorites like Bruce Cockburn, Joan Osborne and Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton, who were co-founders of the Be Good Tanyas. We’ve got newcomers like Big State from Austin, TX, and Midnight Sister from Los Angeles. Also, host Joe Kendrick has a conversation with radio veteran Steph Beckett on DJ For A Day, talking about her experience in both...

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New Tunes At Two

New Tunes At Two

Monday, September 18

Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers – The Long-Awaited Album

Tuesday, September 19

Chris Hillman – Bidin’ My Time

Wednesday, September 20

Blind Boys of Alabama – Almost Home

Thursday, September 21

Josh Ritter – Gathering

Peak of the Week: Every Thursday at 9 PM Sample A New Release

Thursday, September 21: Dave Rawlings - Poor David’s Almanack

As expected, another stellar collection from Gillian Welch, Brittany Haas, various members of OCMS, and “the most original guitar player of his generation” (The New Yorker).

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Cat Clyde By Vicki Dameron

The Infamous Stringdusters in a session from the spring of 2010, just after the release of their Grammy-nominated album "Things That Fly."  Also, quirky Canadian singer-songwriter Cat Clyde in Studio B this past June, and the Boston-based band Clem Snide from way back in 2002.

Become a WNCW Phone Volunteer (Oct. 29-Nov. 4)

Sep 21, 2017
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Are you an avid listener of WNCW?  Are you savvy on the computer and comfortable talking on the phone?  Consider joining our family of volunteers during our upcoming Fall Fund Drive.  We rely on around 150 volunteers to help us during the 78 hours of on air fundraising that will take place during the week. 

The Fall Fund Drive will be October 29 to November 4.  We are in need of phone volunteers to join us for that week.  Click here to see the schedule and sign up for a shift.

Boston Bluegrass band Mile Twelve will be live in the studio this Saturday, September 23 during the 12 noon hour.  They will visit with Joe Greene during Goin' Across The Mountain and play some tunes in support of their new forthcoming CD "Onwards".

Friday Feature- Collaborative Family Law

Sep 20, 2017

Attorneys Heidi Stewart and Theresa Weber were guests on WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week to talk about Collaborative Family Law, as a no court alternative.  The two lawyers are a part of the Western North Carolina Collaborative Law Group and know what it means to help guide and provide support to couples who may feel they need to divorce and the steps taken in dividing property, custody of children, and money matters.  This segment originally aired on September 15, 2017.

It was recently announced that two of North Carolinas largest hospital systems, Carolina Healthcare and UNC Healthcare were joining forces.  Hospital officials say this will be beneficial to the public and help drop costs, while experts say that consolidation almost always means that prices increase. Charlotte Observer Reporter Ames Alexander has written about this new development and talks all about it on this More to the Story from September 13, 2017.

The volume of great music coming to WNCW is incredible these days, and in this episode we dive into a collection of outstanding songs from favorites like Bruce Cockburn, Joan Osborne and Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton, who were co-founders of the Be Good Tanyas. We’ve got newcomers like Big State from Austin, TX, and Midnight Sister from Los Angeles. Also, host Joe Kendrick has a conversation with radio veteran Steph Beckett on DJ For A Day, talking about her experience in both commercial and public radio, and how many diverse skills are called for in the business today.

Two great musicians take the stage in West Asheville Wednesday evening, and we're excited to bring you a preview with both of them that afternoon. Phoebe Hunt showcased her great Texas/Americana jazz and swing foundation with the Belleville Outfit earlier this decade, and now she breaks out on her own with a new sound, inspired by some intensive study time in India. Dori Freeman impressed us with her first full-length album last year, and it sounds like her great Galax, Virginia foundation continues to show on her forthcoming album, too.

Doc Watson’s signature baritone voice and unique lead bluegrass guitar licks became synonymous with traditional and bluegrass music. Born in Deep Gap, N.C., Doc lost his vision before his first birthday but never let his blindness slow him down, learning ballads and teaching himself harmonica, banjo and guitar. Since his death in 2012, Doc remains the most highly respected flat-pick guitar player in the history of traditional American music.

When English, Irish and Scottish settlers moved into Appalachia, they brought an ancient form of music with them – the ballad. The isolated mountains drew song collectors like Englishman Cecil Sharp. In Madison County, Sharp collected several hundred songs – including 70 from Jane Hicks Gentry from Hot Springs.

Brasstown, in the far southwest corner of North Carolina, is home to the John C. Campbell Folk School founded in 1925. Its founder Olive Dame Campbell collected the music of the region, including ballads and fiddle tunes. Today, people from all over the world travel to the Folk School to begin their day with Morningsong and attend classes in everything from mandolin playing to blacksmithing. Evening entertainment includes Southern Mountain Square Dance, jams and concerts.

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