Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes The day of the long-awaited coast-to-coast solar eclipse has arrived — and if history is any guide, it's likely that somebody's eyes are going to get hurt. "The ones we're really concerned about are the people who have never seen an eclipse before — or just decided that, you know, 'Today is a nice day to go take a look at a solar eclipse' — and, 'Oh, I probably don't need to do very much to get ready to do that.' Then I get worried," says Ralph Chou...

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New Tunes At Two

New Tunes At Two

Monday, August 21

Eilen Jewell – Down Hearted Blues

Tuesday, August 22

Joan Osborne – Songs of Bob Dylan

Wednesday, August 23

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton – Wildflower Blues

Thursday, August 24

Jeremy Pinnell – Ties of Blood and Affection

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

Thursday, August 24

Kacy & Clayton – The Siren’s Song – This duo of cousins from Saskatchewan ties British 60’s-era folk and modern Americana perfectly!

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BMW Group plant Spartanburg: paint shop (06/2017)

BMW, the automaker based in Germany, celebrates their 25th anniversary at its location in Upstate South Carolina (Spartanburg-Greenville). Greenville News Reporter Maayan Schecter talks about the significance of what BMW has meant to the upstate, when it comes to jobs, the economy, etc., as well as being beneficial to the entire state.  Originally aired June 21, 2017. 

Posted by Host and Producer of WNCW's More to the Story, Paul Foster

More to the Story- Prison Corruption in N.C.

Jun 23, 2017
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  This More To The Story from June 14, 2017 featured Ames Alexander, Investigative Reporter with the Charlotte Observer, who talked about his series of articles on corruption in the North Carolina prison system.

Posted by Host and Producer of  More to the Story, Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Coordinator, and Regional Morning Edition Host

When most people think of mountain music, banjos, ballads or bluegrass usually come to mind, but the Blue Ridge is home to a rich and distinctive blues tradition that dates back generations, and is still played today.

Susannah Elliott

In this episode we spin local favorites Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters, now with a new moniker and a new lineup, some classic country sounds from New York City -- yes, you heard right -- some good grooves and pop to start your summer, plus some great gospel blues and a Segue Of The Week featuring some prime Staten Island Afro-Soul.


Alvin Youngblood Hart “Folsom Prison Blues” from Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration of Sun Records

SUPER YAMBA BAND Live Thursday, June 22nd at 3pm

Jun 19, 2017

This psychedelic Afro-funk/Afro-beat band from Brooklyn was part of the All Go West Festival in West Asheville last weekend, and they return to the area for a show of their own at Pisgah Brewery in Black Mountain on Thursday. The spirit of Fela Kuti and other West African greats lives on!

EMI SUNSHINE Live Friday, June 23rd at 11am

Jun 19, 2017

This 13-years-old musician has grown up in Madisonville, TN honing her old-school country style at churches, community gatherings, and festivals. An amateur video of a flea market appearance of her in 2014 went viral, garnering 14 million YouTube views and half a million Facebook followers. Following appearances on The Today Show and the Grand Ole Opry a dozen or so times, she and her family band make their debut Studio B appearance on Friday morning before heading to the Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby.


Multi-Platinum artists Alison Krauss & David Gray will be touring together throughout the United States this fall.  They will bring their tour to PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte on Friday September 29.  Tickets go on sale Friday June 23 at 10am and tickets can be purchased at, the pavilion box office, Ticketmaster, or by phone 800-745-3000.

We'll hear the progressive bluegrass of Trampled By Turtles in Studio B in 2009, when they were touring in support of their 4th album “Duluth”, plus an extensive conversation from 2006 with legendary flat-pickin' dobro man, the late Tut Taylor. He talked about working with Roy Acuff at the Opry, winning a Grammy, about his time in John Hartford's Aero Plane Band, and a lot more. 


KEVIN SPEARS Live Thursday, June 22nd at 11am

Jun 15, 2017

The kalimba is a tiny African box-like instrument you hold in your hands and pluck with your fingers. It is amazing the variety of sounds that Asheville's Kevin Spears can get out of it, especially with the loop effects he adds to his impressive mastery of it. Also amazing is the roster of artists he was played with: Futureman, Victor Wooten, Lizz Wright, India.Arie, Col. Bruce Hampton, Toubab Krewe, Arrested Development... "KalimbaMan" is part of the lineup of this year's Asheville Percussion Festival, June 26th-July 2th.

DANIEL ROMANO Live Wednesday, June 21st at 2pm

Jun 15, 2017

When you think of the phrase "follow your muse", you might look to Daniel Romano as a prime example of a musician who does just that. His albums have sounded significantly different from each other, as if his interests are morphing, or he's trying to find out what sound fits best for him. Like Dylan, it may or may not be either, or both... All we know is, we've liked his last two albums, and we like the variety of sounds on his new one "Modern Pressure." Romano plays the Evening Muse in Charlotte on Tuesday, and the Mothlight in West Asheville on Wednesday.