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Country music came into the American mainstream with the Carter Family, but A.P. Carter relied heavily on African-American blues guitarist Lesley Riddle of Yancey County, N.C. In 1927, Lesley met A.P. in Bristol, Tenn. and helped the Carters collect the songs across Appalachia that would become country music classics. Now Burnsville pays tribute to the blues musician with annual Riddlefest.

When most people think of mountain music, banjos, ballads or bluegrass usually come to mind, but the Blue Ridge is home to a rich and distinctive blues tradition that dates back generations, and is still played today.

Down the Road BRMT | Ep. 9: How to Join a Music Jam

Jun 14, 2017

In the Blue Ridge, you can find people gathered on any day of the week to play mountain music. Whether on a front porch or a festival ground, the most basic unit of mountain music is the jam session. Here’s a quick field guide to jam session etiquette, to help you get the most out of your tune time.

Click here to learn more about Jam Session Etiquette.

Bonnaroo 2017

WNCW Host Renee Denton is representing the station at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2017.  She will post updates and photos here...so check back for news from Bonnaroo!

The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" -- We wrap up our longtime tradition of Monday Spindale Cycles with what many consider the greatest rock album of all time. It was indeed the first rock LP to receive an Album of the Year Grammy, and is widely considered a first for concept albums, Art Rock, Progressive Rock, and the Album Era. June 1st marks the 50th anniversary of its release, and we’ll mark it as the kickoff to our 50th anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love, too (stay tuned for details on that!) 

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