Studio B

Studio B Performances - Presented by Sierra Nevada

Studio B is where the live music happens. Under the supervision of WNCW's own golden-eared audio engineer, Dennis Jones, Studio B is the stations state-of-the-art recording facility that hosts regional, national and international artists. WNCW broadcasts performances and interviews live on just about any given day. Some of the finest tracks captured in Studio B find their way to WNCW's self-produced Crowd Around the Mic CDs.

You can watch segments from live Studio B sessions at our new You Tube channel. Check out for performances by Hayes Carll, The Billy Sea, Slaid Cleaves, Erin McKeown and more! Click here to watch the videos.
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Live Thursday October 15th at 3pm: THE BOTTLE ROCKETS

Oct 9, 2015
Tuan Lee

“If Uncle Tupelo is the Beatles of the alt-country movement, the Bottle Rockets are certainly the Rolling Stones.”SPARTANBURG HERALD-JOURNAL. We've been fans ever since they began back around 1993, and they're coming back through the area on a tour supporting their good new release South Broadway Athletic Club. They play Charlotte on Wednesday, Asheville Thursday, and Knoxville on Friday.

Wednesday, October 14th at 3pm: HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL

Oct 9, 2015

NPR describes them as a "soul-rock horn band that recalls 60s and 70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie-rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass-band jazz." That works. This band originally from Philadelphia is now based out of Asheville, and has been criss-crossing the Southeast regularly this year.

Live Friday, October 9th at 3pm: JON STICKLEY TRIO

Oct 2, 2015

Guitarist Jon Stickley's guitar prowess can make your jaw drop. Although he is often found jamming with others, both as guitarist and producer, he and his trio have spent plenty of time honing their own tight, original sound too, and the result is a powerful, genre-defying second album of theirs. Fiddler Lyndsay Pruett and drummer Patrick Armitage, each with fascinating stories of their own to tell from the past year or so, will join Jon in Studio B for a session that might make you question whether they are in fact one performer.

Live Friday, October 2nd at 2pm: RANDALL BRAMBLETT

Sep 28, 2015

“Randall is in my opinion the most gifted & talented southern singer-songwriter musician of the past several decades," says Chuck Leavall, a sentiment shared by many others in the music world. He's a sought-after sideman too. But fronting his own band? That's where Randall really shines. As for his new release Devil Music, Randall says, “It’s my experience of black and white culture in the south, and how it feels to grow up here with all the religion and pain and conflict and joy — and then there’s all that dancing…”

Live Thursday October 1st at 1pm: THE BLACK LILLIES

Sep 28, 2015

On the eve of their release of Hard to Please, one of our favorite Knoxville exports returns to Studio B. We welcome Cruz Contreras and the rest of the Americana-roots-rock band, sounding better than ever. Their live session kicks off a busy month of 22 shows in 12 states.

Live Friday September 25th at 11am: BALSAM RANGE

Sep 21, 2015
photo courtesy of Balsam Range

Haywood County's best bluegrass band also happens to be one of the world's best. We are honored to welcome these five gentlemen back to Studio B. They're in the midst of a big month that includes Wilkesboro's Carolina in the Fall Festival on Sept 25th, Mountain Heritage Day in Cullhowee on Sept 26th, and culminating with the IBMA gathering in Raleigh where they are currently nominated for 8 awards at the October 1st Awards Show.

Live Thursday September 10th at 1pm: THE REVELERS

Sep 4, 2015

This fun band from Lafayette, LA spices up their Cajun and zydeco roots with rock, pop and R&B influences, and come to Boone on Thursday and Asheville on Friday. Most of the six guys have spent time in the Red Stick Ramblers, but collectively they bring together a big gumbo of other experiences and influences too. Get ready for a fun live session.

Live Friday, September 4th at 11am: ANGELA EASTERLING

Aug 28, 2015

Greenville singer/songwriter Angela Easterling has a fine new album Common Law Wife, another deeply autobiographical collection of songs, many of which are firmly rooted in the Upstate and elsewhere in the South. Check out her great website, too. She performs at Barley's in Spindale on Friday night, and a number of other shows in the area too.

Wednesday, September 2nd at 2pm: THE KRUGER BROTHERS

Aug 28, 2015

We are so excited to have them back! Jens (banjo) and Uwe (guitar) are absolutely jaw-dropping with their high-speed virtuosity (Jens won the 2013 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music), and their affection and passion for Appalachian music is magnified all the more by their story of having followed their dream of moving here from their native Switzerland. When Joel Landsberg joins them on bass, their tight sound as a dynamic trio really gels.

Live Friday August 28th at 11am: NIKKI TALLEY

Aug 21, 2015

Nikki and Jason Sharp have been putting a lot of miles on their travel van lately, but "Blue Bell" knows how to navigate them back home to Western NC, and they return to Spindale for a late morning live session with Martin Anderson. They play Saluda Thursday, and Asheville Saturday. Their new album "Out From the Harbor" has cracked the Americana radio chart's Top 100 this summer.