Air Studio

Air Studio
3:13 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Live Friday the 17th at 1pm: MIKE FARRIS

Martin Anderson

"He's got lifetimes of emotion in his voice." So says Mary Gauthier in this documentary about gospel singer Mike Farris. His moving new release Shine For All the People is a favorite here at WNCW, and Mike joins Joe Kendrick live on Friday at 1pm, on his way to The Evening Muse in Charlotte Friday night and the Altamont Theatre in Asheville on Sunday.

Air Studio
10:36 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Tuesday October 14th at 3pm: MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS

Miss Tess embodies a lot of what we love in an artist: someone who draws from a variety of our favorite styles including vintage jazz, country swing, early rockabilly, and New Orleans blues. Her thoughtful response to where she would go if she had a time machine pretty much describes any of WNCW's weekday hosts, too. She and her band the Talkbacks did a great session in Studio B last year, and "People Come Here For Gold" is on our new Crowd Around the Mic compilation from there.

Air Studio
1:29 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Live Thursday the 25th at 1pm: LAURA CANTRELL

A native of Nashville, Laura Cantrell has been based out of NYC these past few years, performing there and around the country.  Her most recent Americana release is No Way There From Here, and Joe Kendrick will talk with her about that, her previous release Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs Of The Queen of Country Music, and her radio host work as well. She plays Asheville Thursday night, and Spartanburg Friday night.

Air Studio
9:52 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Live Tuesday the 16th at 3pm: JAREKUS SINGLETON

If by chance you think the blues has stopped evolving or isn't being invigorated with fresh new energy and inspiration, it's time for you to know Jarekus Singleton.  Hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves are blended with contemporary and traditional blues on his great 2014 breakthrough Refuse to Lose.  "I want to create something for today's audience that is as original and new as those blues masters were when they first started making records.

Air Studio
3:49 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Live Thursday the 28th at 11am: MALCOLM HOLCOMBE

One of the Americana world's most revered contemporary songwriters, Western North Carolina's own Malcolm Holcombe is back with a new collection of wonderful stories, Pitiful Blues. His songs, his quips, his insights on life, are positively priceless.  He returns to WNCW for a lively, live interview Thursday, and then a performance in Asheville on Saturday night.  Just what should we expect?  My favorite quote of his sheds some light: "I try to give ’em my show as best as I can, and to come across with as much truth and honesty as I can muster up.

Air Studio
10:25 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Live on Wednesday the 20th at 12pm -- SETH KAUFFMAN AND FLOATING ACTION

Black Mountain's own Seth Kauffman visits with Joe Kendrick on Wednesday to talk about Floating Action's great new release, and various other happenings with this band that's getting a lot of buzz this summer.

Air Studio
10:08 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Live Friday the 22nd at 4pm: BUMPER JACKSONS

This fun band from DC takes you back to the brothels of New Orleans, the hollers of Appalachia, and other hotbeds of blues, jazz, and country that were captured on those old '78's of yesteryear.  They stop by WNCW's Air Studio on their way to Altamont Brewery in Asheville for a Friday night concert. 

Air Studio
4:43 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Monday August 4th at 11am: JOSEPH LEMAY

Every once in a while (pretty often, actually), we fall in love with an artist we'd never heard of before upon receiving their latest record.  Joseph LeMay is one such singer/songwriter, and Martin speaks with him Monday morning as he passes through our area. 

Air Studio
4:42 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Live Friday the 8th at 1pm: THE MASTERSONS

Catherine Sebastian

This Texas husband and wife duo might be most known for playing over a hundred gigs these past three years with Steve Earle in his band The Dukes, but Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have also released two fine albums of their own, including the new one Good Luck Charm. They'll join Martin in the air studio for a live session before playing in Charlotte Friday evening.  They also make an appearance in Greenville on Sunday.

Air Studio
6:49 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Live Thursday the 31st at 4pm: GRITS & SOUL

Anna Kline and John Looney are Asheville-based Grits & Soul, with a "Soulgrass" sound blending Americana and classic country with Mississippi soul and blues.  Their latest release Flood Waters (which received a favorable review from Bluegrass Unlimited) includes Nicky Sanders, Amanda Platt, and Robert Greer among other local favorites.

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