Martin Anderson on stage at the Warren Haynes Christmas Pre-Jam in 2016.
Photo by Vicki Dameron

On this episode of On The Way up, we spotlight Christmas themes with some of the best new music to come our way this season, like The Minus 5, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Decemberists, Lowland Hum and more. On “DJ For A Day”, I’ll talk with WNCW morning host and music director, Martin Anderson, about our top 100 of 2017, as voting for that yearly best-of list is going on right now at Plus we’ll spin you a “Segue of the Week”, pairing a newly reissued and practically unheard of soul tune from 1983 with another funky gem from our stacks of Christmas discs.


Asheville has a national reputation for its thriving local music scene these days, and we welcome two rather different contributors on Tuesday afternoon. Ashley Heath is one of the area's rising stars in the Americana singer/songwriter sound, while Jordan Okrend has more of a funk and soul vibe in his band's work. We've loved playing both of their latest releases this past year or so, and they're both together with Scotty before playing together at White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday.

It's our 19th Pre-Jam, in advance of Warren's 29th annual fundraiser for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. What began as a live Studio B session and a great opportunity for various artists to meet and jam with each other for the first time, has now become a tradition with a vibe all its own, and WNCW is honored to be able to broadcast it live for you in its entirety (with cool holiday tunes during set breaks to help get you into the Christmas spirit, 'NCW-style.) Who else will be there? Gov't. Mule? Trey Anastasio? Les Bros?

Family picking out a Christmas tree
North Carolina Christmas Tree Association

The mission of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association (NCCTA) is to provide Christmas Trees through marketing and education.  The association works with Christmas tree wholesalers, choose and cut tree farms, Christmas tree growers and does much more.  On this 'Friday Feature Interview of the Week' from November 24th - NCCTA Director Jennifer Greene gives tips on how to select that best real family Christmas Tree and how to take proper care of it once it's in your home. 

Musician playing guitar surrounded by blue and purple light
Photo By Vicki Dameron

As we prepare for next week's live broadcast from Asheville of the Warren Haynes Christmas Pre-Jam, it seems like a good time to remember that the Pre-Jam tradition started right here in our Studio B. So, this week we're going to go back to the 2000 Pre-Jam, when Warren Haynes came in with Kevn Kinney, Chris Duarte, and the Bottle Rockets. We'll also sample a couple of Studio B sessions from artists who will be at this year's Jam,  Jake Shimabukuro and the Avett Brothers.