POKEY LAFARGE Live Monday, June 26th at 10:15am

“The manic revelation is the state where artists create,” says Pokey. “I got to the point in writing these songs where I felt like a house on fire that just kept burning.” Manic Revelations is the name of his new album, a new direction in many ways, but really a culmination of where he's been headed this last decade of working hard at his craft. Get to know this great artist more when he stops by to speak with Martin Anderson on Monday morning, following his Sunday night show at The Grey...

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Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC on Saturday, September 30, 2017

STUDIO B - Presented by Sierra Nevada

New Tunes At Two

New Tunes At Two

Monday, June 26

Jim Lauderdale – London Southern

Tuesday, June 27

Steelism – Ism

Wednesday, June 28

Slaid Cleaves – Ghost On the Car Radio

Thursday, June 29

Randall Bramblett – Juke Joint at the Edge of the World

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Celebrated as "the Ministrel of the Appalachians," Bascomb Lamar Lunsford was born in Madison County, N.C. He learned to fashion fiddles from goards at an early age and later mastered the 5-string banjo. A lawyer, teacher, fruit-tree and honey bee promoter by trade, Bascom would record over 300 sides of mountain music from memory for the Library of Congress. Bascom started the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville in 1928, which is now the longest continuing folk festival in the nation.

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The talented songwriter Amanda Platt is back with a new collection of songs with her band. It's Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and Telecaster. They have not one but TWO shows at The Grey Eagle in Asheville to celebrate their self-titled release, Friday and Saturday.

Learn more about Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters, click here.

The fluid, dynamic guitar work and thoughtful songwriting of Willy Porter is definitely something any music fan should seek out. Willy also uses his music to support the fight against domestic abuse, and a group that unites kids from the Middle East and U.S.,  "Kids4Peace". He's been at the station a few times over the years, and this time he'll have with him his singing partner Carmen Nickerson.

Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo – These two have each helped keep the blues alive, commercially at least, for the past couple of decades or more. They’ve worked together a bit in the past, but now they have a new studio collaboration and a big tour planned.

***"This Old Porch" host Carol Rifkin welcomes Lillian to the Air Studio on Sunday, June 4.  Tune in for this special segment!***

Sixth generation Western North Carolina native, Lillian Chase, may be young, but she’s no stranger to old-time and bluegrass music.  She began playing music at 6 years of age and now the 13-year old fiddler from Weaverville, NC will unveil her debut album.

Click on title for entire story We've got a legend this week: Tony Joe White was in our studio in June of last year. He was in the area in support of the album “Rain Crow.” It had been 47 years and dozens of albums since “Polk Salad Annie” and Tony Joe made it clear that he's not getting older - he's getting deeper! Also on tap is Milwaukee-based folk band Dead Horses in a session from January of this year. 

LILLIE MAE Live Friday, June 2nd at 11am

May 31, 2017

We love discovering exciting and talented new acts here, and one of the most recent ones is one Jack White and Third Man Records have as well, the captivating singer/songwriter/violinist/guitarist Lillie Mae. She's on tour (including some dates with Pokey LaFarge) in support of her terrific new album Forever And Then Some, and plays Charlotte on Friday, and Asheville on June 25th.

Think about this - one-million steps, four hundred miles, and 71 different trails, all experienced by Ben Anderson, author of  "Smokies Chronicle - A Year of Hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park."  Ben talks about hiking in the mountains and putting it into book form, while taking us through parts of his work. It's WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week, originally broadcast May 26, 2017.

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

More To The Story: Midwives on the Rise in N.C.

May 31, 2017
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Beth Walton from the Asheville Citizen-Times talks with WNCW's 'More to the Story' about her recent stories on Midwives and how the profession is on the rise across the state and in Western North Carolina.  This segment originally aired on May 24, 2017.

Posted by Host and Producer of More The Story, Paul Foster, who serves as WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

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Our spectrum of music in this episode runs from latin to jazz, to pop and rock, and our segue of the week pairs a lesser known bluegrass classic with the debut from a banjo prodigy. Also, for our “DJ For A Day” segment, we return to our Purple Prose theme in a new way, pondering whether some of these hyperbolic press releases could be art after all.