Peak Of The Week™

Thursdays at 9pm

A new release - handpicked by WNCW's Programming Staff - is sampled throughout Jasmin Melton's Music Mix on Thursday evenings.

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.

After a quarter-century of turning out great Americana roots-rock, Greg Keelor, Jim Cuddy and the rest of Blue Rodeo return with this, their 11th album.  The Toronto band's latest is perhaps a little more contemplative and introspective than their previous releases -- perfect for a Thursday winter's night? 

We are honored to be able to bring you one of THE live concerts of the year, in its entirety.  This is the 25th anniversary of Warren's tradition of gathering great musicians together in his hometown to raise funds for Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity, so he's once again got two nights of the Christmas Jam.  Thus the annual "Pre-Jam" makes a rare Thursday night appearance.  It began 15 years ago when Warren and a few others (heard of Susan Tedeschi?  Derek Trucks?  Little Milton?) jammed live in Studio B, and has evolved into

One of the best singer/songwriters keeping the artform's flame lit these days is this native of Banner Elk, NC.  He's been in Seattle for a few years now, but as you can see and will hear over the course of Thursday evening, he has not left his WNC roots.  Mojo Magazine gives this latest from him 4 stars.  Tune in to hear why more and more are discovering Barton Carroll

Amos Lee's insightful songwriting and soulful vocals are as strong as ever on this, his fifth release.  He moves in more of an Americana direction on this one, which was in fact recorded in Nashville, and features a number of local heavyweights like Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, and Patty Griffin.  No question his soul, jazz, and rock influences will come through in our eclectic Thursday night mix too, though! 

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