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 Friday the 7th at 3pm: JOE PUG

Jan 31, 2014

Joe Pug is one of those DIY, courageous without-a-net artists that we love: He dropped out of college, and quit his job as a carpenter, to pursue his music passion full-time.  This included recording and printing up his first CD's and giving them away to anyone who wanted to share his music with their friends.  "People requested 2 copies, 5 copies, 10 copies, 20 copies. We'd send them all.

Jason Isbell LIVE OAK

Jan 28, 2014

Jason Isbell in Studio B on January 22, 2014.


Jan 28, 2014

Studio B with Jason Isbell on January 22, 2014.


Jan 28, 2014

Studio B with Jason Isbell on January 22, 2014.

Jason Isbell INTERVIEW

Jan 28, 2014

Studio B with Jason Isbell on January 22, 2014.

Jason Isbell MUTINEER

Jan 28, 2014

Jason Isbell visits Studio B on January 22, 2014.

Live Tuesday the 28th a bit past Noon: VALERIE JUNE

Jan 24, 2014

She wowed us -- as well as NPR, Rolling Stone, Afropunk, and others -- last year with her terrific release Pushin' Against a Stone.  "You Can't Be Told" and "Workin' Woman Blues" in particular got heavy airplay here.  If you can't picture her sound yet, this Tennessee native fits somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday, with a powerful electrified indie-blues groove.  Tune in for Valerie June with Joe Kendrick this Tuesday. 

Live Friday the 31st at 1pm: NIKKI HILL

Jan 24, 2014
Frank de Blase Photography

With a powerful voice and a style that definitely channels that great Stax sound ("The Staples Singers meets AC/DC"?), Nikki Hill gets your attention, keeps it.  Originally from Durham, NC, she now calls St. Louis home, but returns to her home state for a Studio B visit with her band, followed by a Friday night show in Charlotte and a Saturday night headlining slot at Tryon's "Chase Away the Blues" fundraiser.

Live Friday the 31st at 4pm: WILLIE SUGARCAPPS

Jan 24, 2014
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So who is this guy Willie Sugarcapps?  He is actually a they: Will Kimbrough, Grayson Capps, Corky Hughes, and the duo Sugarcane Jane.  They started jamming together after multiple shared gigs in Alabama, and their album last year was a Top 10 pick on the Americana lists of No Depression and  They pack Studio B for a live session before playing Asheville Friday night.

Live Wednesday the 22nd at 5pm: JASON ISBELL

Jan 17, 2014

American Songwriter, NPR, Amazon, No Depression....just a few of the places where Jason Isbell's 2013 release Southeastern ranked in the Top 50 -- if not #1 -- for the best of the year.  WNCW listeners ranked it #3 in our own Top 100.  He's come a long way since starting his solo career after his time with the Drive By Truckers, and the most talked about contemporary singer/songwriter in Americana music today returns to Studio B for another moving s