WNCW's next edition of More to the Story will be about the expected growth in population for bears this spring and summer in the mountains of Western NC.  Guest will be Sabian Warren, who writes for the Asheville Citizen-Times.  This weekly feature airs during Morning Edition at 8:51 a.m.

Gene Clark, best known for his 1964-66 stint as founder and chief songwriter for The Byrds ("Feel a Whole Lot Better", "Eight Miles High", "Here Without You"), spent the majority of his career as a solo act, and while his name may not be as popular as fellow Byrds like McGuinn, Crosby, or Hillman, many critics consider him a pioneer of folk-rock, country-rock, and psychedelic-rock. This album was released in 1977, but has been sadly out of print for many years, until this month!

Western Swing: One of America's best musical inventions! This wonderful hybrid incorporated Dixieland jazz, Gypsy jazz, big band swing, blues, fiddle & stringband, and the great steel guitar of cowboy & country wonder we at WNCW love it! The king of this style was and is without a doubt Bob Wills, and he and His Texas Playboys have been duly celebrated on this new release from the contemporary torchbearers of Western Swing, Asleep at the Wheel.

Facebook Awards WNCW Grant

Apr 16, 2015

A $10,000 grant from Facebook’s Forest City Data Center will help WNCW 88.7 preserve its music library for future generations.

The grant is part of $250,000 in awards Facebook made to local organizations as part of its Community Action Grant Program. The grants will be used for specific projects that use technology for community benefit; connect people online or off; improve education or promote local economic benefit.

This 'More to the Story' segment from April 15 (2015) was about the Hemlock Trees of the North Carolina Mountains.  In recent years many Hemlock trees have been dying out in Western NC due to the damage caused by a particular kind of beetle.  This interview with the Charlotte Observer tells us how agriculture officials have been fighting the problem with success by using another type of beetle from the Pacific Northwest.

Friday April 17th at 2pm: THE HONEYCUTTERS

Apr 11, 2015

Asheville's Appalachian honkytonk band The Honeycutters returns to Studio B, just in time for their Friday night CD Release Show of Me Oh My in their hometown (the album is officially released on 4/21.) Singer/songwriter/guitarist Amanda Anne Platt is joined by Tal Taylor on mandolin, Matt Smith on guitars, Rick Cooper on bass, and Josh Milligan on drums.

Wednesday April 15th at 3pm: CARAVAN OF THIEVES

Apr 11, 2015

Caravan of Thieves returns to Studio B, this time on a tour in support of their fun new album Kiss Kiss, their fourth one. If you can imagine a band inspired by Tin Pan Alley songwriters, the class of Duke Ellington, and the flair of Django Reinhardt, with maybe a Middle Eastern touch, you have a sense of  what Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni and the rest of the Caravan do. They play Asheville Wednesday and Charlotte Thursday.

Wednesday April 15th at 11am: PAT DONOHUE

Apr 11, 2015

After a decade in the Guys' All-Star Shoe Band of Minnesota Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion, guitarist Pat Donohue is traveling the country with a solo tour showcasing his style of Minnesota blues. He plays Asheville Wednesday, Waynesville Thursday, and Brevard Friday, plus guitar workshops back in Asheville on Saturday morning and afternoon. "If you're a guitar player, he's going to haunt you." -Leo Kottke

Friday April 17th at 11am: Guest DJ CHARLES HUMPHREY III

Apr 11, 2015

This handsome guy holds down the bass end of one of our favorite bands, the Steep Canyon Rangers. He also writes some of our favorite songs of theirs. When he's not busy touring or recording with them and Mr. Martin or Ms. Brickell, or documenting America's running trails through haiku, he's working with another great group, the Songs From the Road Band. He's co-written all of the songs on their newest release Traveling Show, and he'll fill up the 11 o'clock hour spinning some of his favorite tunes when he plays Guest DJ on Friday.

New Tunes at 2 Features, April 13th-16th:

Apr 11, 2015

Monday: DWIGHT YOAKAM - Second Hand Heart

Tuesday: NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS - Loved Wild Lost

Wednesday: STEPHANIESID - Excavator

Thursday: MANDOLIN ORANGE - Such Jubilee