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CANCELLED- Live Friday, December 8th beginning around 6pm: THE WARREN HAYNES CHRISTMAS PRE-JAM

It's our 19th Pre-Jam, in advance of Warren's 29th annual fundraiser for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity . What began as a live Studio B session and a great opportunity for various artists to meet and jam with each other for the first time, has now become a tradition with a vibe all its own, and WNCW is honored to be able to broadcast it live for you in its entirety (with cool holiday tunes during set breaks to help get you into the Christmas spirit, 'NCW-style.) Who else will be there?...

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Martin Anderson on stage at the Warren Haynes Christmas Pre-Jam in 2016.
Photo by Vicki Dameron

On The Way Up | Episode 29

On this episode of On The Way up, we spotlight Christmas themes with some of the best new music to come our way this season, like The Minus 5, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Decemberists, Lowland Hum and more. On “DJ For A Day”, I’ll talk with WNCW morning host and music director, Martin Anderson, about our top 100 of 2017, as voting for that yearly best-of list is going on right now at wncw.org. Plus we’ll spin you a “Segue of the Week”, pairing a newly reissued and practically unheard of soul...

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Top 100 - 2017

TOP 100 OF 2017 It’s that time again! Time to vote for your 10 favorite WNCW releases of 2017 , and help us create the Top 100 for our end of year countdown at the end of December. You will also qualify to win a complete set of the WNCW Top 10 discs, as compiled by fellow listeners and programmers! Click here to see the list of albums we have featured this year and cast your vote. We have compiled one large list that includes Bluegrass, Blues, Regional, and all the other styles we cover. ...

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STUDIO B - Presented by Sierra Nevada

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

Thursday, December 7: Van Morrison – Roll With the Punches

It’s his 37th album, and another great blues exploration (and he already has a 38th on the way any week now! A jazz-based one.)

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Martin Anderson on stage at the Warren Haynes Christmas Pre-Jam in 2016.
Photo by Vicki Dameron

On this episode of On The Way up, we spotlight Christmas themes with some of the best new music to come our way this season, like The Minus 5, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Decemberists, Lowland Hum and more. On “DJ For A Day”, I’ll talk with WNCW morning host and music director, Martin Anderson, about our top 100 of 2017, as voting for that yearly best-of list is going on right now at wncw.org. Plus we’ll spin you a “Segue of the Week”, pairing a newly reissued and practically unheard of soul tune from 1983 with another funky gem from our stacks of Christmas discs.

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Asheville has a national reputation for its thriving local music scene these days, and we welcome two rather different contributors on Tuesday afternoon. Ashley Heath is one of the area's rising stars in the Americana singer/songwriter sound, while Jordan Okrend has more of a funk and soul vibe in his band's work. We've loved playing both of their latest releases this past year or so, and they're both together with Scotty before playing together at White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday.

It's our 19th Pre-Jam, in advance of Warren's 29th annual fundraiser for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. What began as a live Studio B session and a great opportunity for various artists to meet and jam with each other for the first time, has now become a tradition with a vibe all its own, and WNCW is honored to be able to broadcast it live for you in its entirety (with cool holiday tunes during set breaks to help get you into the Christmas spirit, 'NCW-style.) Who else will be there? Gov't. Mule? Trey Anastasio? Les Bros?

Family picking out a Christmas tree
North Carolina Christmas Tree Association

The mission of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association (NCCTA) is to provide Christmas Trees through marketing and education.  The association works with Christmas tree wholesalers, choose and cut tree farms, Christmas tree growers and does much more.  On this 'Friday Feature Interview of the Week' from November 24th - NCCTA Director Jennifer Greene gives tips on how to select that best real family Christmas Tree and how to take proper care of it once it's in your home. 

Musician playing guitar surrounded by blue and purple light
Photo By Vicki Dameron

As we prepare for next week's live broadcast from Asheville of the Warren Haynes Christmas Pre-Jam, it seems like a good time to remember that the Pre-Jam tradition started right here in our Studio B. So, this week we're going to go back to the 2000 Pre-Jam, when Warren Haynes came in with Kevn Kinney, Chris Duarte, and the Bottle Rockets. We'll also sample a couple of Studio B sessions from artists who will be at this year's Jam,  Jake Shimabukuro and the Avett Brothers.

JOHN DOYLE Live Tuesday, November 28th at 11am

Nov 27, 2017
JOHN DOYLE
Keith Wright

Irish guitar great John Doyle has a busy schedule in our area this month, most notably "John Doyle's Holiday-ish Shows" at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville on Dec. 7th, the Laurel Theatre in Knoxville on the 8th, and a house concert in Morganton on the 9th. He's also leading an Irish guitar workshop in Weaverville that Saturday. In between those shows, production work for a new album from one of our favorite regional bands, and likely some Holiday shopping, John will stop by WNCW to catch us up to date. Tune in!

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Center For Cultural Preservation

David Weintraub will be presenting a special series this week during NPR’s Morning Edition, produced by WNCW's Kim Clark. The feature is a radio adaptation of A GREAT AMERICAN TAPESTRY: The Many Strands Of Mountain Music - the latest documentary film from Weintraub and The Center for Cultural Preservation, based in Hendersonville, NC.

Have you started thinking of your favorite music releases of 2017? Keep an eye on this homepage for our list of albums we enjoyed playing for you this year, which we will post on Wednesday the 29th. Your votes will help us come up with the WNCW Top 100, and someone will win the station's Top 10! Voting will run November 29th through December 18th.

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Vicki Dameron

Kristin Scott Benson is a member of the cutting edge, award winning bluegrass band, The Grascals. She is also a four-time recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Banjo Player Of The Year Award.

Andrea Furlan

It's a post-Thanksgiving heapin' helping of southern culture, with Weaverville singer-songwriter and down home philosopher Malcolm Holcombe playing live for us in February of last year, right after the release of his album Another Black Hole. And, we'll re-visit a wide-open session with Southern Culture on the Skids, who were here in 2004 in support of their album Mojo Box. Studio B Rewind, every Friday at 6pm with Host Kim Clark.

 

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