Peak Of The Week™

Thursdays at 9pm
Brad Watson

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

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Peak of the Week
3:44 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Thursday Night the 30th between 8pm and Midnight: HARD WORKING AMERICANS

Todd Snider's latest project is this collaboration with Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) on bass, Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) on guitar, Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi) on keys, and Duane Trucks (Col. Bruce Hampton) on drums.  They're hard rocking guys here with covers of Hayes Carll, Randy Newman, Will Kimbrough, Kevn Kinney, and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.  Join them this Thursday night as Brad plays tunes from this brand new release all through the evening! 

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.

Peak of the Week
2:26 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Thursday Night the 9th between 8pm and Midnight: BLUE RODEO - In Our Nature

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? 

Peak of the Week
9:21 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Thursday Night the 12th beginning at 6pm: 15th ANNUAL WARREN HAYNES CHRISTMAS PRE-JAM

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

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Peak of the Week
11:07 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Thursday Night the 5th between 8pm and Midnight: BARTON CARROLL - Avery County, I'm Bound to You

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

Peak of the Week
8:52 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Thursday Night the 21st between 8pm & Midnight: AMOS LEE - Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song

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! 

Peak of the Week
9:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Thursday Night the 14th between 8pm & Midnight: ANDERS OSBORNE - Peace

He grew up in Sweden, the son of a jazz drummer.  But Osborne has been one of our favorite New Orleans-based  blues-rock guitarists and singer-songwriters of the last 10 or more years, and this new one on Alligator Records quickly became a staff favorite around here.  Intensely passionate one moment, emotionally fragile the next, Peace is his most multi-dimensional and honest snapshot to date. 

Peak of the Week
10:04 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Thursday Night the 7th between 8pm & Midnight: BOB DYLAN - Another Self-Portrait (1969-71)

Who else but Bob Dylan could release TEN volumes (and counting) of "bootleg" studio/stage recordings, and each one full of great material?  This one is centered around Self-Portrait (various folk and traditional songs) and New Morning (one of his best, under-recognized albums), but also includes outtakes & such from Nashville Skyline and work with The Band.  Check out the fine accompaniment too, from the likes of David Bromberg, Al Kooper, and George Harrison.  Brad will fit as many of these 35 songs as he can into your Thursday night mix.

Peak of the Week
6:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Thursday Night the 24th between 8pm & Midnight: THE WOOD BROTHERS - The Muse

They've made great music with their own respective bands (Medeski, Martin & Wood, and King Johnson), but for the last 8 or so years Chris and Oliver Wood have "reunited" for a trio with percussionist Jano Rix.  This new one, produced by Buddy Miller, is without a doubt a Top 10 favorite of ours here at 'NCW.  Jazzy honky tonk gospel blues throughout this Thursday evening, courtesy of The Wood Brothers!

Peak of the Week
7:01 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Thursday Night the 17th between 8pm & Midnight: NEKO CASE - The Worse Things Get...

Check out Neko Case's first couple records, and you might consider her a honky-tonk/country singer.  She actually got her start playing drums in a punk band.  ....No wonder we love her.  Case's latest album comes following a series of rough spots, including the loss of both parents, and a grandmother she was even closer to.  And then there's the mother she overheard in the Honululu airport.... This new one has been getting a tidal wave of great reviews, as both her strongest and her strangest. 

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