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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Get set for some modern day honky-tonk and roots rock from Eilen Jewell, JD McPherson and newcomer Haley Thompson-King, plus a new double disc from Luna, who fortunately decided to get back together, plus we’ll go dark with a couple picks from our nighttime sound -- a truly deep concept record from Public Service Broadcasting paired up with a classic track from Joy Division for our Segue Of The Week. DJ For A Day features WNCW midday host and Rhythm Theorem host Scotty Robertson, as we share stories of just how wrong things can go with live guests on the radio.

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Learn all about the Asheville Mushroom Club and its recent event called Fungi-Fest that took place September 2nd.  The club hosts monthly member meetings, provides tips on looking in the woods for yummy mushrooms as well as advice on varieties that are edible, along with great recipes. Carrie Knox Federici was special guest on this Friday Feature Interview of the Week from Sept. 1, 2017.

Posted by Host and Producer of the Friday Feature, Paul Foster, who serves as Senior Producer, News Director, and Regional Host of Morning Edition for WNCW 88.7

Writer/Reporter Mike Ellis of the Greenville News was guest on this segment of 'More to the Story', when he discussed a confederate monument issue in Greenville. On a recent Saturday, protestors, both those opposed and supporters of this monument raised their voices during a rally event.  Learn about the monuments history and why its offensive to some groups during this discussion with segment host Paul Foster.  Original air date was August 30, 2017.

For generations, fiddles and banjos have played a role in the music of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. In turn, musicians who are Cherokee, or of Cherokee descent, have helped shape the sound of bluegrass and old-time music.

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Homeward Bound

The commission of an organization called 'Homeward Bound' is to end chronic homelessness, as they support more than 3,000 people experiencing homelessness annually.  You'll want to hear this edition of The Friday Feature Interview of the Week to learn more about how Homeward Bound Development Communications Officer- Ben Fehsenfeld and Ryan McCollough of Keller Williams Professionals Realty teamed up to work on this issue in Buncombe County.  Original air date on WNCW was August 25, 2017.

Shaped note singing, a new form of sacred music, swept through the Blue Ridge Mountains at the dawn of the 19th century, using triangles, ovals and even half-moons to correspond to the notes of the familiar do-re-mi-fal-sol musical scale. In the mountains of North Carolina, shaped note singing still thrives in many communities. The Etowah singing, near Hendersonville, has been going on for more than a 100 years, and is held in May and September. In Canton, singers gather at the Morning Star Methodist Church on Old Folks Day, the second Sunday in September.

Ben Parker, guitarist for the group Hank, Pattie & The Current recently visited with Joe Greene during MerleFest Radio.  Ben is also an Orthopedic Physician with Appalachian State University Sports in Boone, NC.

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We'll listen to Daniel Romano with a full band playing live for us in June of this year, featuring tunes from his new album “Modern Pressure” And, we'll check out a dynamite set from 2013 with the New Orleans Suspects, whose members have played with the Neville Brothers, Professor Longhair, James Brown, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band-- to name just a few.


Interview with Bill Evans and Alan Munde

Aug 30, 2017

Bill Evans and Alan Munde visited with Joe Greene during Goin' Across the Mountain in early August.  Listen to the interview from their session.

The Old Rock School is ready to start the new “Bluegrass at the Rock” concert series beginning October 7th, 2017. “We are really excited about this season, we have some amazing new acts, as well as bringing back some of the fan favorites. This season will be one to see.” Says Community Affairs Director, Morrissa Angi.

October will kick off the Bluegrass Schedule with The Gibson Brothers, starting at 7pm on October 7th.