Spindale Cycle
10:25 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Monday Night the 8th at 8pm: THE FACES - Ooh La La

We were saddened to hear of the passing of not one but two legendary rock icons this past week, saxophonist Bobby Keys on the 2nd, and keyboardist Ian McLagan on the 3rd. Both were sought-after session musicians for various stars, most notably the Rolling Stones in the 70's and 80's. This Monday, we'll celebrate the life of "Mac" with the final album of The Faces, from 1973. After frontman Steve Marriott left the Small Faces in 1969, McLagan, Ronnie Lane and co. recruited Ron Wood for guitar, and a young (but already ascending to stardom) Rod Stewart to sing lead.

Peak of the Week
10:19 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Thursday Night the 11th between 9pm and Midnight: HARD WORKING AMERICANS - The First Waltz

Todd Snider has been trying out both his songs and those of some of his favorite songwriters (Hayes Carll, Kevn Kinney, Welch/Rawlings among others) in a different band this past year, a supergroup of sorts. Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools has helped assemble the other bandmates: Neal Casal and Jesse Aycock on guitars, Chad Staehly on keyboards, and Duane Trucks on drums & percussion. They began touring last December, and their first couple shows are captured on this new DVD/CD collection that we'll focus on throughout Thursday evening.

1:48 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

The Black Keys Giveaway

The Black Keys

Win a pair of tickets to see The Black Keys in either Charlotte, NC or Greenville, SC.  Tune in for details on how to win.  Winners will choose the show date and location from the following options:

  • Friday, Dec. 12 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC at 8pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 13 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC at 8pm
10:09 am
Tue December 2, 2014


#‎GivingTuesday‬ is an international day of giving. Everyone, anywhere, can participate!

Air Studio
9:14 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Wednesday December 3rd at 11am: Guest DJ CAITLIN KRISKO

Asheville band The Broadcast have put themselves front and center as one of our area's hottest bands since moving here from NYC a few years ago. Front and center for the band is singer Caitlin Krisko, who invokes Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, and other giants with her booming voice and dynamic command of the stage. We'll learn some of her favorite musical influences when she joins Martin Anderson as Guest DJ for the 11 o'clock hour on Wednesday. The Broadcast has just released a new single, precursor to an EP coming in early 2015.

Studio B
9:14 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Live Thursday the 4th at 3pm: CHRIS ROSSER & Friends

Our friend Chris Rosser has a beautiful new release called A Thousand Hands, and a CD Release Show with his bandmates in Free Planet Radio (River Guergarian and Eliot Wadopian) at Isis in West Asheville on Friday the 12th. The three return to WNCW for a live session on Thursday the 4th.

New Tunes at Two
9:14 am
Fri November 28, 2014

New Releases Featured This Week, December 1st-4th, 2-3pm...Holiday Compilations!

Monday: BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA & TAJ MAHAL - Talkin' Christmas!

Tuesday: An Americana Christmas (New West Records)

Wednesday: Christmas in the Smokies (Pinecastle Records)

Thursday: It's Christmas On Mack Avenue (Mack Avenue Records)

Spindale Cycle
9:13 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Monday Night the 1st at 8pm: JACO PASTORIUS

Few will dispute that Jaco Pastorius basically reinvented the the electric bass in jazz when his light burned bright with his fretless from the mid-'70's through mid-'80's. He was a primary force in Weather Report from 1976-'81, and an in-demand session player as well. Just before his start with them, he broke new ground with his self-titled debut, which we'll play for you on Monday night to celebrate what would be his 63rd birthday.

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Peak of the Week
9:12 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Thursday Night the 4th between 9pm and Midnight: SAM AMIDON - Lily-O

Vermont's Sam Amidon has been immersed in traditional folk and mountain tunes pretty much all his life, and worked once again with bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro on this, his 6th collection of them. But this time, it's as much a duet album between him and Bill Frisell, one of our favorite guitarists at WNCW. Add to that the icy, sparse, dissonant, edgy arrangements of producer Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork, Sigur Ros, Bonnie "Prince" Billy), and you get some wildly different interpretations of "Walkin' Boss", "Your Lone Journey", "Groundhog", and others.

7:52 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday, All Day Long: Songs of Food & Gratitude

Every year around this time, your WNCW hosts start prepping and cooking in the WNCW kitchen that is our great Music Library, to prepare for you a smorgasbord of songs centered around thankfulness, family, and above all, food. We've got all the meals, main & side dishes, beverages, and food groups covered -- no need to bring anything! We start the theme early in the week, but the main course, per tradition, will be Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant Massacree, served up just past Noon on Thursday. Join us all day and into the night: we've got a place at the table for you.