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Each year, more than 1 million visitors flock to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, to tour its gorgeous gardens and cavernous halls.  The house was built by George Vanderbilt between 1889-1895 and is the largest home ever to exist in America.  George and his beloved bride, Edith, are a major part of the new book, "The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty In The Nation's Largest Home" by Denise Kiernan.  Kiernan was interviewed by WNCW for this Friday Feature, presented Sept. 22, 2017.

Two great musicians take the stage in West Asheville Wednesday evening, and we're excited to bring you a preview with both of them that afternoon. Phoebe Hunt showcased her great Texas/Americana jazz and swing foundation with the Belleville Outfit earlier this decade, and now she breaks out on her own with a new sound, inspired by some intensive study time in India. Dori Freeman impressed us with her first full-length album last year, and it sounds like her great Galax, Virginia foundation continues to show on her forthcoming album, too.

THE YOUNGERS Live Friday, September 8 at 11am

Sep 6, 2017

We welcome back The Youngers from southeastern PA on Friday the 8th. We got to know the band especially well thanks to their 2008 release that included a WNCW favorite, "Heritage". Last year, they released another cool one, "Picture of You". They play New Belgium Brewery in Asheville after visiting us.

THE WILD REEDS Live Thursday, August 17th at 1pm

Aug 16, 2017

This indie-folk five-piece from L.A. has wonderful 3-part harmonies, and a great collection of songs on their album of this year The World We Built. The Wild Reeds head to the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Thursday the 17th, and the Evening Muse in Charlotte on Friday the 18th.

Men performing on stage
Bill Lindsey

Way back in 1928, Bascom Lamar Lunsford helped start a festival of local musicians and dancers in Asheville. 90 years later, it's the longest running folk festival in the country. Musician, curator, and all-around mountain music expert Laura Boosinger joins Martin Anderson as guest DJ to spin recordings from some of the legendary string bands and balladeers that have played there over the years, as well as new releases from some of this year's headliners. The festival runs "along about sundown" August, 3, 4, and 5 at A-B Tech.

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