Guest DJ MATT SMITH Tuesday, February 20th, 11am-Noon

One of the highlights of Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters' music is the terrific pedal steel & electric guitar work of Asheville's Matt Smith. Lately he's also been performing in Amy Ray's latest post-Indigo Girls band. Let's get to know more about Matt's music tastes when we turn him loose with the WNCW mix on Thursday at 11.

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On The Way Up | Episode 32

Welcome to Episode 32 of our exploration of some of the most notable songs to arrive in our mailboxes and inboxes lately here at grassroots radio. We’ve got everything from favorites like Wood Brothers and Calexico to the long-awaited return of North Carolina’s (and now more New Orleans’) own Squirrel Nut Zippers, several instrumental stand outs, and a Segue Of The Week with a dark classic from the band Portishead. Playlist: Tommy Emmanuel “C-Jam Blues” from Accomplice One Squirrel Nut...

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New Tunes At Two

New Tunes At Two

Monday, February 19

Doc Watson – Live at Club 47

Tuesday, February 20

Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You

Wednesday, February 21

Femi Kuti – One People One World

Thursday, February 22

Charlie Peacock – When Light Flashes

STUDIO B - Presented by Sierra Nevada

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

Thursday, February 22: Tommy Emmanuel – Accomplice One

This incredible guitarist absolutely dazzles live audiences, and shows his diverse virtuosity with the likes of Jerry Douglas, Mark Knopfler, Ricky Skaggs, and Jake Shimabukuro.

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After a holiday break, we return with a batch of music to break your sonic fast over the past month, and hopefully give you some warm feelings in this cold season along the way. The end of the calendar year and holidays always spell a slow time for new music, but we finally collected enough new offerings to make a quality mix for you, and are glad to get this show into a forward gear again. We’ll spin two western NC bands along with WNCW favorites like James McMurtry and Mavis Staples, and dip into some jazz and alternative rock along the way.

We've got a true classic for you this week, as we go back to June 2003 for a session with one of our all-time favorites, James McMurtry. His album “St. Mary of the Woods” had been released only a few months before, and this session produced one of our most popular Crowd Around the Mic cuts EVER: the epic “Choctaw Bingo.” Also, we'll get to know the Boulder' Colorado bluegrass band Ragged Union, who played live in our studio this past October. 

WNCW is proud to again partner with the Foundation Performing Arts Center to present “Goin’ Across the Mountain Live.” WNCW’s acclaimed bluegrass show “Goin’ Across the Mountain” is a favorite of traditional and contemporary bluegrass fans across the region every Saturday afternoon. Now it comes to life on stage as we bring together some of the biggest names in bluegrass music.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Blue Highway with be playing this fundraiser for WNCW at Isothermal Community College Auditorium in Spindale, NC on Friday, January 12.  The show starts at 7 pm. 

Peak of the Week 1/4/18

Jan 3, 2018

This week during Peak of the Week, Kiever will feature tracks from our number one album from our Top 100 2017 list - Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit The Nashville Sound Tune in for this special Peak of the Week between 9pm to midnight, which will include a feature of the top 10 albums from the Top 100 2017 list as voted on by our listeners and staff:

WNCW's 2017 Top 100 - Staff Picks

Jan 3, 2018

Martin Anderson:
1. Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts
2. Kacy & Clayton -- The Siren's Song
3. Doc & Merle Watson -- Never the Same Way Once: Bear's Sonic Journals
4. Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters -- Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters
5. Dan Auerbach -- Waiting On a Song
6. Oumou Sangare -- Mogoya
7. Imar -- Afterlight
8. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit -- The Nashville Sound
9. Nora Jane Struthers -- Champion
10. Steve Winwood -- Greatest Hits Live

Photo Collage - WNCW Tribute to Musicians We Lost in 2017
Vicki Dameron

Join WNCW Music Director Martin Anderson as he celebrates the lives of those who died last year by filling the morning with many of our favorites. Rock, country, funk, bluegrass,  jazz, Afropop, and more will be covered throughout the morning on Friday, beginning at 9am. Among the many to honor, in order of when they died:

Friday Feature - Women In Music: A Tribute

Dec 29, 2017

Musician Aubrey Eisenman of the band, The Clydes, is an event organizer for the upcoming "Women In Music: A Tribute to Iconic Female Artists, taking place at Isis Music Hall, Asheville, Saturday, January 6th. Eisenman joined WNCW during this Friday Feature Interview of the Week that first aired on December 22, 2017.  Learn how this event came together and how Eisenman along with other regional artists Anya Hinkle (Tellico) and Amanda Anne Platt (The Honeycutters) are contributing.

Since 2004 or so, we’ve brought you a New Year’s Eve re-broadcast of Warren’s annual gathering of musicians from the eve of his big Christmas Jam in Asheville. After the surprise snowstorm that canceled this month’s Pre-Jam, we thought we’d take this opportunity to bring you a revue of some of our favorite Pre-Jam highlights of the past 18 years. Join us beginning at 6pm for sets from Warren, Marty Stuart, Gregg Allman, Galactic, the Neville Brothers, Trey Anastasio, the Bottle Rockets, Jason Isbell, Marcus King, Gov't Mule, and countless special guests.

It's a holiday homecoming this week, with live performances by some our favorite regional artists. We'll go back to December 2014 for a holiday-themed visit from Morganton's Michael Reno Harrell, rewind to just before this past Thanksgiving for an uplifting session with Asheville's David Wilcox, and listen to vintage studio B performances by Caldwell County's Harris brothers, Asheville's David Holt, the Lazybirds from Boone, and Knoxville's RB Morris. Join host Kim Clark for Studio B Rewind, every Friday at 6pm, only on WNCW, the best station in the nation.