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 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

Live Wednesday the 19th at 4pm: AMIGO

Feb 17, 2014

We enjoyed debuting their debut Might Could last week for New Tunes at 2, and this Tuesday is it's official release.  Wednesday, we welcome Slade BairdAdam Phillips and Craig Lentz to Spindale for a live session from this new Charlotte band of honky tonk and roots rock.  They play their CD release show in the Queen's City Friday, followed by gigs in Knoxville, Boone, and beyond.  

Live Friday the 21st at 11am: AARON BURDETT

Feb 17, 2014

This week Studio B welcomes two great regional acts with albums being released this week...Saluda's Aaron Burdett returns for another live session, this time with his 5th album, but first on Asheville's Organic Records.  The album features a who's who of great area talent, and, with the exception of a new version of his "Going Home to Carolina" (which won Our State magazine's "Carolina Songs" songwriting contest), all new original material from this great wordsmith.  

Live Monday the 17th at 11am: TONY JOE WHITE

Feb 14, 2014

The voice, and the groove, and the imagery, all conjure up the swampy bayou blues for which Tony Joe White has become known.  Since his debut in 1969, which featured his first hit "Polk Salad Annie", White has written and recorded timeless songs, whether for himself or for others such as Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Hank Williams, Jr., and Tina Turner.  "Rainy Night in Georgia": that's him.  His latest release is called Hoodoo, and we are honored to welcome White to WNCW for a live chat and a few songs.