Studio B

Studio B Performances

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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The Asheville Percussion Festival returns on June 20th-22nd, now in its third year.  20 workshops, various concerts and demonstrations, and percussion vending take over downtown Asheville, and we'll talk with Lizz Wright (one of our favorite modern soul/R&B singers, who now calls Asheville home), River Guergarian, Chris Rosser, and perhaps other participants on Wednesday afternoon. 

Wednesday the 4th at 3pm: FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN

May 30, 2014

One of our favorite live Studio B bluegrass sessions last year was from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (even if he didn't cook up some of the amazing entrees Chef Frank is known for!)  Frank's powerful voice and impressive mandolin chops are backed by banjoist Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and strong bass work from Dan Booth.  They play Asheville Thursday night and Greenville on Friday night.

Live Friday the 30th at 3pm: THE CLEVERLYS

May 29, 2014

No one can pull off tight bluegrass versions of covers by Beyonce, Katy Perry, The Bangles, and others like The Cleverlys.  The family band from Arkansas stops by Studio B on their way to their Friday night Shelby concert. 

Live Wednesday the 28th at 1pm: NEW COUNTRY REHAB

May 28, 2014

Some of the best new Americana and alt-country music is coming out of Canada these days, and Ontario's New Country Rehab is a shining example. Frontman John Showman has the power to grab your attention and keep you engaged from start to finish.  See for yourself when they pay us a visit on their way to Greenville Wednesday night and Knoxville Saturday. 

Live Wednesday the 28th at 4pm: SANCTUM SULLY

May 28, 2014

Asheville's Sanctum Sully says their music comes from "the beer-stained bar stools where blues, rock and bluegrass swap stories and trade tall-tale tunes."  Jay Franck, Matt Mommsen, Win Webster, Chum Carter, and Dakota Waddell return to Studio B, this time with songs from their new release.  They have a string of CD Release Shows, including Asheville on Friday. 

Live Wednesday the 14th at 4pm: LETTERS TO ABIGAIL

May 9, 2014
Brenda Gray

Letters to Abigail is an Appalachian Americana trio from Hendersonville with a loyal and growing following, especially since releasing last year's Say Anything with assorted wonderful guests.  They kick off their hometown's "Rhythm & Brews" series Thursday, and then a new "Monday Night Live" series, also in Hendersonville.

Live Thursday the 15th at 1pm: RED JUNE

May 9, 2014

We're on a roll with Appalachian Americana trios from our area this week, as we welcome Red June back to Studio B.  John Cloyd Miller, Natalya Weinstein, and Will Straughan will play songs from their beautiful new album Ancient Dreams; their CD release show is Friday night at Isis in Asheville.

Live Thursday the 8th at 12pm: SUTTON, HOLT & COLEMAN

May 5, 2014

The common thread that unites, and primary spark that inspires, Bryan Sutton, David Holt, and T. Michael Coleman is the music of Doc Watson.  Holt and Coleman each toured with him for over a dozen years, and all three have each won a Grammy with him. "We bend the tradition, but we don’t break it,” said Holt.

Live Friday the 9th at 2pm: JESSE DEE

May 5, 2014

Boston-based Jesse Dee successfully channels Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and other old-school soul greats, but the spark and fire he and his band bring to the stage and studio are anything but "old".  Joe Kendrick looks forward to hosting them in Studio for a second time.  “All the best soul music is based on shared experience", says Dee. "Songs have the ability to affect people, shine a light, lift them up, and push them forward. There’s hope in these songs, and people need that now more than ever.”  He plays Saturday at the NC Brewers & Music Festival outside Charlotte.

Holly Williams THE HIGHWAY

Apr 29, 2014

Holly Williams in Studio B on April 24, 2014.