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.

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Live Thursday the 1st at 1pm: BARTON CARROLL

Apr 25, 2014

Barton's album last year, Avery County I'm Bound to You, was one of our favorites here among WNCW programmers.  The local singer-songwriter, nowadays living in Seattle, returns home for a string of shows (Asheville, Boone, Bakersville, Johnson City, Greenville, & Charlotte!), and a return to Studio B.

Live Thursday the 1st at 3pm: E.M.E.F.E.

Apr 25, 2014

Formed in NYC by the drummer for Afrobeat band Antibalas, EMEFE's full band consists of a four-piece horn section, a drummer, a bassist, two guitarists, two percussionists, and a keyboardist.  More descriptive though is EMEFE's motto: "Music Frees All".  The band hopes to spread awareness of the healing power of music, dancing, and smiling.  This is going to be a hot live session as the band visits us on their way to their Black Mountain show.

Live Thursday the 24th at 11am: HOLLY WILLIAMS

Apr 18, 2014

She may be the daughter of Hank Jr. and grand-daughter of Hank Sr., but Holly Williams' songs on her latest album revolve mostly around her mother's side of the family -- though with a lot of the same themes found throughout the country and Americana music her paternal side is famous for: love, loss, conflict, desire, addiction...  We are honored to welcome her to Studio B on her way to Merlefest for a Thursday evening set before heading to California, then back to our area for shows in Charlotte and Greenville in May.

Live on Tuesday the 15th at 12: THE ZOMBIES!

Apr 11, 2014

There are a number of surprising and/or mystifying stories surrounding The Zombies.  One is that their most recognized hits did not really get recognized as hits until well after they were released; in fact their biggest hit, "Time of the Season", was not released until after they had broken up.  There's the story of how the constraints and shortfalls surrounding the creation of their 1968 finale Odessey & Oracle in fact helped it become the psychedelic-pop masterpiece that it is considered today.  Then there's the equally unbelievable fact that we get to host keyboardist/songw

Live Friday the 18th at 1pm: ZANSA

Apr 11, 2014

Zansa is a slang word from the Ivory Coast meaning "combination" or "blend". The Asheville musicians are fronted by Adama Dembele, a 33rd generation West African musician who moved to the area and formed the band in 2005.  They return to Studio B before heading to their Friday night show in Asheville, and this time they'll be joined by guitarist Moussa Kone (who tours with Affou Keita). 

Live Thursday the 10th at 12: STEEP CANYON RANGERS

Apr 4, 2014

We are delighted to welcome the Rangers back to Studio B, this time before they head to UNC-Asheville's first ever Arts Fest (April 10-13) for a Thursday night performance.  And this time, mandolinist Mike Guggino gets the spotlight, as he receives an Arts Achievement Award from his alma mater!  The band has been busy this year, with all the buzz over their 2013 album Tell the Ones I Love (from the likes of The Gra

Thursday the 3rd at 4pm: FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO

Mar 28, 2014

Frank Vignola is for sure one of the most talented guitarists we've ever had in Studio B.  He's also impressed Ringo Starr, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” for the Wall Street Journal.  Add to his virtuosity the impressive chops of Vinny Raniolo, and we've got quite the live session coming your way.  They play the Altamont Theatre in Asheville Thursday night. 

Friday the 4th at 11am: THE SULTANS OF STRING

Mar 28, 2014

Spanish Flamenco, Gypsy Jazz, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms....The Sultans of String cover it all, often with blistering speed.  The Toronto-based group sometimes performs as a duo, sometimes as a large ensemble.  They join Spencer Jones in Studio B before shows in Carrboro Friday and Black Mountain Saturday. 

Wednesday the 2nd at 1pm: DAVID WILCOX

Mar 28, 2014

Asheville's David Wilcox has been making albums since 1987.  And anyone who has gotten to know him as a songwriter -- or a fellow citizen -- will tell you our world is a more positive place for them.  His latest one, Blaze, featured a few departures from his previous work, most notably the addition of producer Ric Hordinski, bassist Byron House, and drummers Joshua Seurkamp and Daniel Joseph Dorff.  Joe Kendrick talks with David about Blaze, his Musical Magazine, his Weekend at Kanuga, his upcoming Charlotte & Ashevill

Live Friday the 28th at 2pm: CATHERINE RUSSELL

Mar 21, 2014

The winner of numerous jazz awards since her 2006 debut, singer Catherine Russell is in the area for a rather rare concert performance in Tryon Friday evening.  Her father Luis was Louis Armstrong's longtime collaborator and music director, and her mother Carline Ray worked a lot with Ruth Brown and Mary Lou Williams among others, and Catherine herself has supported artists ranging from David Bowie to Steely Dan to Paul we'll have one or two degrees of separation from just about everyone Friday afternoon!  Her new r