Amanda Anne Platt Live Wednesday, July 18th between 11am and Noon

The Honeycutters are playing a few southeast gigs this month, including the Salvage Station in Asheville on Friday, before spending August and September in Europe. Amanda stops by to update us on the latest, including some brand new material, most likely. Nice sticker on their van, by the way; we've got some if you need any...

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River Whyless Live Wednesday, July 18th between 3 and 4pm

One of our favorite bands of late -- local or otherwise -- happens to have a couple days off around home, and Ryan O'K eefe, Halli Anderson, Alex McWalters, & Daniel Shearin have offered to spend part of the day with us in Studio B. They've got a terrific collection of timely songs on Kindness, A Rebel.

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Baseball-Themed Music Mix Monday Evening, July 16

Pastime-Baseball! The All-Star Game is on Tuesday, but PM host Sander Morrison will get you ready for the big game with a Baseball-Themed show featuring tunes by Doc and Merle Watson, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Todd Snider, Count Basie, Steve Goodman, Sam and Dave, Chuck Brodsky, and many more! Monday night at nine, only on WNCW!

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New Tunes At Two

New Tunes At Two

Monday, July 16

Rodney Crowell – Acoustic Classics

Tuesday, July 17

Jon Cleary – Dyna-Mite

Wednesday, July 18

The Milk Carton Kids – All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do

Thursday, July 19

The Jayhawks – Back Roads and Abandoned Motels

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

Thursday, July 19: Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel

The Australian may confess to suffering from “Crippling Self-Doubt and a General Lack of Confidence”, but fortunately it doesn’t show in her music.

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Friday Feature- The N.C. Music Hall of Fame

Jul 13, 2018
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NC Music Hall Of Fame

Did you know that North Carolina had a music hall of fame?  It makes perfect sense, since our state has such a rich and long standing tradition of various music genres and artists.  Executive Director of the NC Music Hall of Fame, Veronica Cordle, tells the Friday Feature all about it.  The original on-air broadcast took place June 29, 2018.

Posted by Host and Producer of WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week, Paul Foster- Senior Producer, News and PSA Coordinator, and Morning Edition Regional Host

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Vicki Dameron

Scottish clans, Celtic fans and festival lovers worldwide are gearing up for the 63rd Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, a four day event celebrating Gaelic culture, heritage, music, athletics and dance. Some claim it’s one of the largest gathering of clans in the world and it begins in western North Carolina, Thursday, July 12 at 4:30pm.

Grants Available for Heritage Projects

Jul 10, 2018

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has announced its 2018 Heritage Grants Program to fund projects that preserve, interpret and promote Western North Carolina’s agricultural, craft, Cherokee, music, and natural heritage. These five distinctive legacies earned the region a Congressional designation as a National Heritage Area in 2003.

The Avett Brothers recently announced that they will be ringing in 2019 with two shows at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Bojangles Coliseum on December 30th and December 31st.

Etta Baker picked up her ragtime influenced style of fingerpicking at the age of 3 from her father. She became a master of the Piedmont Blues, influencing musicians like Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  Etta practiced her two-finger picking style an hour every day in addition to raising nine children with her musician husband. After raising nine children and working 26 years at a Morganton textile mill, she quit at age 60 to become a professional musician.

Today, the tradition of ballad singing is alive and well in the North Carolina mountains thanks in part to Sheila Kay Adams, a seventh generation singer.  Raised in the community of Sodom in Madison County, Adams learned from her great aunt Dellie Chandler Norton, sitting together and repeating the verses to each other knee-to-knee until the songs were “caught.”

Live Music Calendar Recordings

Jul 9, 2018
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Carolina Blue

We've got some home-grown bluegrass with Brevard-based Carolina Blue playing some tunes for us from their new album “Sounds of Kentucky Grass.” Also, the psycho-tropic folk of the Austin, Texas band The Deer live in our studio.


It's the music of Uncle Walt's Band, Spartanburg's legendary group that is often heralded as a cornerstone of today's Americana music genre, this Friday. David Ball, Warren Hood, Marshall Hood & friends have been jamming together lately, and they play at the FR8Yard in downtown Spartanburg (125 E. Main St.) both Friday and Saturday nights.

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Photo by Dave Fimbres

Join long time Celtic Winds Host Richard Beard, this Sunday at 1pm, as he welcomes Piper EJ Jones and the bouzouki powered Frances Cunningham to Studio B. They'll talk about Celtic music, traditional tunes, instruments and the 63rd Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games which will be held July 12th through July 15th in Linville, NC on Grandfather Mountain at MacRae Meadows. Photo by Dave Fimbres.