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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HIROYA TSUKAMOTO Live this Wednesday January 25th at 1pm

Jan 23, 2017

This Japanese guitarist might include some of his native culture in his music, but he also draws from jazz, pop, South American folk, and his first love: bluegrass banjo. Scotty Robertson helps introduce us to his work Wednesday afternoon before his evening show (7pm) at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville.

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BAND OF HEATHENS Live Thursday, January 19th at 12pm

Jan 17, 2017

Austin's roots-rock powerhouse five-piece Band of Heathens returns to Studio B for the first time in about six years, this time with songs from their new album celebrating ten years as a band. On "Duende" (a quality of inspiration, passion, spirit, expression...), they've distilled about 40 songs down to cover such varied topics as social media, immigration, materialism, legalization, and life on the road. They play Asheville's Grey Eagle on Wednesday, then pay us a visit on their way to Charlotte and the Visulite Theatre on Thursday. 

Bluesy folk-rocker (and former WNCW host) Laura Blackley won first place in the NC Piedmont Blues Society's Blues Challenge last October. They travel to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge at the end of the month. She and her band (Ian Harrod, Josh Gibbs, Dorsey Parker, & Gabe Rohmann) return to Studio B before a few upcoming shows in Asheville and Spartanburg.

SUSTO Live Thursday, January 12th at 12pm

Jan 9, 2017

Get to know this new Charleston band when they visit Studio B for a live session with Scotty Robertson. Songwriter Justin Osborne had gone on a soul-searching sojourn to Cuba, when he realized his need to create this band. As their website describes, SUSTO is a Spanish word referring to a folk illness in Latin America that Osborne learned as an anthropology student, meaning “when your soul is separated from your body,” and also roughly translates to a panic attack. They play The Visulite in Charlotte on Friday.

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Photo by Scott Shrader

One of many talented acts to grow out of Asheville's thriving music busking community, Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats have been growing their fan base these last five years with their hard-driving rock and blues. Tune in as they plug in, in Studio B, for the start of a full year of live music on WNCW. They're scheduled to perform at a birthday bash Saturday, January 14th, at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville.