Peak of the Week
5:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Thursday Night the 23rd between 8pm and Midnight: AMY RAY - Goodnight Tender

Indigo Girl Amy Ray has a new release that is a bit of a career first for her -- an album exploring her Southern musical roots growing up listening to country and roots music.  Recorded last spring at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, with guests Justin Vernon, Heather McEntire, Susan Tedeschi, Kelly Hogan, and members of Megafaun, the songs on the acoustic-based Goodnight Tender were written over the course of the last decade or so.  It will be released on 1/28, and Ray has a CD release show in West Asheville on Friday the 24th (Isis). 

4:29 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

The Pixies - Ticket Giveaway

The Pixies

Tune in throughout the rest of the month of January for your opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see The Pixies at The Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC on February 1st.

Job Openings at WNCW
11:28 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Senior Producer/Public Service Specialist

Isothermal Community College seeks “Senior Producer/Public Service Specialist” for WNCW-FM. Application deadline is Friday, January 24, 2014. For more information, please visit our website at:

Studio B
8:52 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Live this Thursday the 16th at 4pm: BLIND BOY CHOCOLATE & THE MILK SHEIKS

We've got what looks to be a fun session this Thursday when this band from Asheville visits us for the first time.  With a triple-entendre of a name like theirs, and a great grasp of the turn-of-the-(20th)-Century blues that they specialize in,these guys are sure to please, as they have done already at MerleFest, various clubs, and various street corners these past few years.  They play Thursday night at the Grey Eagle in Asheville with Jesse Carolina & the Hot Mess, and the Crow Quill Night Owls.

New Tunes at Two
4:36 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

New Releases Featured This Week, January 13th-16th, 2-3pm

Monday the 13th: BLUE HIGHWAY - The Game

Tuesday the 14th: RAILROAD EARTH - Last of the Outlaws

Wednesday the 15th: ANGELIQUE KIDJO - Eve

Thursday the 16th: WILL KIMBROUGH - Sideshow Love

Spindale Cycle
4:36 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Monday Night January 13th at 8pm: LUCINDA WILLIAMS - (self-titled)

It was her third album (2nd one of original songs), but in many ways this 1988 release was a breakthrough for her, and set the stage for Sweet Old World and Car Wheels on a Gravel Road that followed.  A remastered version is being released on 1/14, with an accompanying collection of live material from The Netherlands in 1989, and other bonus tracks.  We'll celebrate it with  "Changed the Locks", "Passionate Kisses", "Crescent City", and the rest of this great Rough Trade reissue Monday night. 

Peak of the Week
4:35 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Thursday Night the 16th between 8pm and Midnight: BILLIE JOE + NORAH - Foreverly

In one of the more surprising collaborations of late, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has teamed up with Norah Jones.  Equally surprising is the material they decided to focus on: standards of The Everly Brothers canon -- some of their darker, more powerful songs.  And as fate would have it Phil Everly passed away on the 3rd of this month, age 74.  In what may have been his final interview just weeks before his death, Phil gave his approval for the project: “In the beginning of rock & roll, there was always innovation.

10:34 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Amos Lee Ticket Giveaway - Jan 8-14

Tune into WNCW between January 8-14 for details on how you can win a pair of tickets to see Amos Lee at Ovens Auditorium on April 12 at 8pm. 

Studio B
4:26 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Live this Friday the 10th at 2pm: HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN

The hot trio of Western swing and more from Austin, TX put out Rendezvous in Rhythm last year, which features songs from the great Gypsy Jazz/Hot Club of France era of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.  It's been far too long since they visited Studio B, so we're elated to welcome Elana James, Whit Smith, and Jake Erwin back before their Asheville show!

Studio B
4:25 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Live this Thursday the 9th at 4pm: LERA LYNN

Some of us first heard of Georgia-bred, Nashville-based Lera Lynn in 2011, when she won that year's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest.  She is back with a new release (Lying in the Sun) and a tour that includes Asheville Thursday night.  "...she is an Americana act of promise, who can do slow smoldering honkytonk and fleet Western Swing, plus with a band that can upend roots-music expectations." -