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Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATz09bOeNP0 The day of the long-awaited coast-to-coast solar eclipse has all but arrived — and if history is any guide, it's likely that somebody's eyes are going to get hurt. "The ones we're really concerned about are the people who have never seen an eclipse before — or just decided that, you know, 'Today is a nice day to go take a look at a solar eclipse' — and, 'Oh, I probably don't need to do very much to get ready to do that.' Then I get worried," says...

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New Tunes At Two

New Tunes At Two

Monday, August 21

Eilen Jewell – Down Hearted Blues

Tuesday, August 22

Joan Osborne – Songs of Bob Dylan

Wednesday, August 23

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton – Wildflower Blues

Thursday, August 24

Jeremy Pinnell – Ties of Blood and Affection

Peak of the Week: Thursdays at 9pm sample a new release

Thursday, August 24

Kacy & Clayton – The Siren’s Song – This duo of cousins from Saskatchewan ties British 60’s-era folk and modern Americana perfectly!

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This week on Studio B Rewind, Host Kim Clark shares the amazing guitar interplay of Frank Vignola and Vinnie Raniolo, in a session from the spring of 2014. These two guys have a long list of impressive credits individually and collectively, and in their shows, they tackle everything from 60s-era surf guitar classics to Mozart to staples of 1970s arena rock. And, we'll get into some funk with Asheville's Supatight, who played live for us in July, on the street date of their EP, “Puree.”

 

Friday Feature: Our State Mag's Away Podcast Series

Aug 17, 2017

One of the most respected state magazines across the country, Our State (North Carolina), recently introduced a unique podcast series called 'Away Message'.  Senior Writer/Editor and Host for the new series - Jeremy Markovich joined WNCW on this Friday Feature Interview of the Week to provide all the details about what it means to find the most remote spots in the state.  Original air date was August 11, 2017.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature, WNCW's Paul Foster

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The Beer Guy, Tony Kiss, with nearly 25-years of writing on the Western NC beer and brewing scene and  today contributing to Mountain Xpress, is guest of this segment with updates on this powerful industry that keeps growing in the Carolinas.  This More to the Story originally aired August 8, 2017.

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

FUNK RUSH Live Friday, August 18th at 3pm

Aug 16, 2017

This Charlotte band has their full-length debut release coming out on the 18th, and they'll celebrate with a return to Studio B. The Funk Rush is Scott Newell on guitar and bass, Donté Forsythe on drums, Rob Bowser on keyboards,  and Michael Pressley on trumpet (and whistling).

THE WILD REEDS Live Thursday, August 17th at 1pm

Aug 16, 2017

This indie-folk five-piece from L.A. has wonderful 3-part harmonies, and a great collection of songs on their album of this year The World We Built. The Wild Reeds head to the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Thursday the 17th, and the Evening Muse in Charlotte on Friday the 18th.

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The innovative and colorful Casey Driessen has taken the fiddle where no one else imagined that it could go, and this week on SBR we'll revisit a 2006 session with him and his band The Colorfools, when they visited Studio B shortly after the release of Casey's first solo album. Also, a session with Time Sawyer, from Charlotte, who were here in May to play tunes from their new album “Wildest Dreams.”

The roots of the banjo trace directly to West Africa. White Southerners learned to play early gourd banjos, probably built from the African slaves’ memories. The banjo was popularized in the 19th century by minstrel shows.  Though it seemed close to disappearing in the late 20th century, the African-American banjo tradition has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, led by such young artists as Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons, Jerron Paxton, and Amythyst Kiah.

In this episode, we run the gamut from artists who are brand new on the scene to longstanding, award-winning favorites. This batch of music tends towards the jazzy, bluesy and poppy side of WNCW’s music mix, and begins with an artist who is returning to an inspiration some 40 years on, now bringing elements he never yet dared to his sound. We’ll feature a Segue Of The Week matching a new artist from Australia with a band that has evoked America’s Southwest for decades, and a lot more.

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Fiddlers’ conventions have been going on in the South for over a century. Today you can find some of the very best fiddlers’ conventions here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since 1972, musicians have been converging on the town of Mount Airy during the first weekend in June, for the world-famous Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention.

Hear the passion of Author Garret Woodward, who talks about his new book on Bluegrass Music in Western North Carolina and beyond. "If You Can't Play, Get Off The Stage" is a playful title featuring interviews and unique chapter themes with such artists as Rhonda Vincent, Peter Rowan, and Balsam Range.  Woodward is known for his writing with Smoky Mountain News and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine.  Originally aired August 4, 2017.

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