Live Thursday January 28th at 1pm: THE HOT SARDINES

Jan 21, 2016

Check out this tight NYC 8-piece-band (does that count their tap dancer?) that brings back the fun hot jazz of the Prohibition, Great Depression, and WWII eras. To quote Raleigh-Durham's IndyWeek, “Trad jazz… with an edge, as if the cops could bust in waving billy clubs." They play Morganton Thursday, Greenville Friday, and Asheville (sold out) Saturday.

Live Thursday, January 21st at 1pm: PHIL COOK

Jan 19, 2016

To take an appropriate line from his website, Phil Cook is a conduit of American music. In addition to his work with Megafaun, he's soaked up a variety of influences -- Delta, Bayou, Appalachian -- and has settled in well to his NC home since moving here in 2005.

Tiny Desk Contest for Unsigned Musicians

Jan 15, 2016

NPR Music is bringing back their Tiny Desk Contest, asking unknown bands and musicians all over the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice.

The contest will be sponsored for the second year by Lagunitas Brewing Company, and will secure a spot at the iconic performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music.

We had some really cool recordings surface out of the deepest recesses of our vaults over the last couple of weeks, and we're sharing some of them in this edition of the show: Alvin Youngblood Hart from 1999, Robert Walter's 20th Congress from 2001, and Aimee Mann from 2006.

Small bites: ASAP goes on the air

Jan 13, 2016

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's radio series “Growing Local,” airs on WNCW each Monday at 8:45 a.m during Morning Edition.

 In this heart-felt Friday Feature Interview of the Week, the great granddaughter of Ella May Wiggins, Kristina Horton of Asheville, talks about Ella's legacy before her tragic death in the late 1920's.  Ella May Wiggins lived in Gaston County, NC and was a strong leader for those willing to stand up for equal rights (for employees)  in the textile industry with little respect and small wages.  This included rights for African Americans.  Horton has written a book in Ella's memory and there's also a CD that includes many songs written by Ella, who was also a gifted song writer, who

Live Friday, January 15th at 4pm: ERIC BIBB

Jan 8, 2016
Keith Perry

With a career spanning 5 decades and 36 albums, Eric Bibb has established his status as one of the leading blues performers of our generation. Like Taj Mahal before him, he breathes new life into the genre with inspiration, originality, and class. Isothermal Community College is honored to host him both live on WNCW in the afternoon, and at the Foundation Performing Arts Center Friday evening.

Live Friday, January 15th at 1pm: JONATHAN BYRD

Jan 8, 2016

Carrboro's Jonathan Byrd had a busy year in 2015, with both You Can't Outrun the Radio earlier in the year, and an intriguing collaboration with Danish band The Sentimentals for Mother Tongue (which is our Peak of the Week Thursday at 9pm.) He performs live in Saluda on Sunday the 10th, and Black Mountain on Friday the 15th.

Live Thursday, January 14th at 3pm: THE MILAGRO SAINTS

Jan 8, 2016

This 6-piece roots-rock band from Raleigh pulls into Spindale on Thursday for a visit with us before playing nearby Barley's downtown at night. They've got a fine new album out called "Tupelo" on Moon Caravan Records.

Live Wednesday January 13th at 1pm: TIM O'BRIEN

Jan 8, 2016

Whether solo, paired with Darrell Scott, fronting Hot Rize, or in some other incarnation, Tim O'Brien's chameleon-like versatility and talent keeps him at the top of our list of favorites here at WNCW. He performs on Wednesday in Asheville and Thursday in Charlotte.