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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Willy Mason CARRY ON

Dec 9, 2013

Willy Mason visits Studio B on November 13, 2013.

We have our region's two best known singer/storytellers here on Wednesday morning.  Sheila Kay Adams recently received the National Heritage Fellowship at The White House, which is the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.  She and Michael Reno Harrell will perform Holiday songs from their "Blue Ridge Christmas" shows they'll be doing on the 8th in Black Mountain, the 12th and 15th in Waynesville, and the 20th in Brevard. 

Live Wednesday the 4th at 2pm: BRUSHFIRE STANKGRASS

Dec 2, 2013

There aren't a whole lot of bluegrass-inspired bands that embrace electronic music, to the point where they've performed at Asheville's Moog Music Factory.  In fact who knows, Brushfire Stankgrass might be the only one.  Their earlier album One for the Salamanders was a regional favorite among WNCW listeners, and their new release Microclimates has what it takes to top that one.  The boys return and will join Joe Kendrick live Wednesday at 2.

Live this Thursday the 5th at 11am: JACOB JOHNSON

Dec 2, 2013
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Jacob Johnson, from Traveler's Rest, SC, is back with a new Christmas album.  "Johnson sounds like Norman Rockwell paintings and the open road.  He has blended and blurred the lines of genres to craft a sound he calls 'Neo-Acoustic Folk/Funk'."  - The Florence Morning News.  He plays in Waynesville Thursday night, and Spartanburg & Greenville the weekend after next.

Live this Wednesday the 20th at 11am: SWEET CLAUDETTE

Nov 18, 2013

Sweet Claudette is an Asheville quartet made up of members of The Honeycutters (Amanda Platt), Now You See Them, and The Moon and You.  They describe themselves as a country Motown band, who formed out of a women's songwriter showcase in 2009.  They make their first WNCW appearance this Wednesday morning with Martin Anderson.

You know'em, you love'em, you'll hear'em.  They're not one but TWO of WNCW's favorite singer/songwriter/pickers, and they play not one but TWO nights in Asheville this week.  Songs from their new collaboration Memories and Moments, and funny jokes, and matching bowler hats, live in Studio B this Thursday.

This Thursday the 21st at 3pm: SUSAN WERNER

Nov 18, 2013

Leave it to Susan Werner to successfully weave both humor and serious passion into an album that centers around agrochemicals, climate change, and sustainable agriculture.  The singer/songwriter with deep Iowa farm roots does so on her latest project Hayseed, and she'll talk with us about it this Thursday afternoon in advance of her Asheville concert. 

Live Thursday the 14th at 3pm: BASIA BULAT

Nov 11, 2013

Armed with autoharp, charango, guitar, percussion, and various assorted keyboards (pianoette??), Basia Bulat's new album Tall Tall Shadow was made in collaboration with members of Arcade Fire.  You may have heard her interview on The World Cafe last week, or read any number of rave reviews in the NY Times, SPIN, Mother Jones, or Pitchfork.  The Toronto native visits us for the first time on her way to her Asheville show Thursday night. 

Live Wednesday the 13th at 3pm: WILLY MASON

Nov 11, 2013

Willy Mason is a fascinating songwriter with a fascinating family tree (a direct descendant of the 19th-century philosopher William James, the brother of novelist Henry James.)  His first big break came in 2004 when Conor Oborst fell in love with his work, which has drawn comparisons to Springsteen's Nebraska, or Salinger's Holden Caulfield.  He's been on a big tour supporting Mumford & Sons this year, but plays Asheville with the great Laura Marling Wednesday night.

This just in!  Karl Denson and band return to Studio B this Friday morning, in between their Thursday Charlotte and Friday Asheville shows.  The co-founder of The Greyboy Allstars and currently a member of dub reggae band Slightly Stoopid, Denson is a powerful force.  His 6-piece band has a tight, full sound that is anything but tiny.