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Welcome to Episode 32 of our exploration of some of the most notable songs to arrive in our mailboxes and inboxes lately here at grassroots radio. We’ve got everything from favorites like Wood Brothers and Calexico to the long-awaited return of North Carolina’s (and now more New Orleans’) own Squirrel Nut Zippers, several instrumental stand outs, and a Segue Of The Week with a dark classic from the band Portishead.

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Image of three musicians in WNCW On Air Studio
Photo by Vicki Dameron

Donna the Buffalo has been sending out good musical vibes since 1989, and this week on Studio B Rewind we'll catch them in a live session from 2013, when they had just released the album “Tonight, Tomorrow, and Yesterday.”  Also, Radney Foster in an interview and performance from November of last year, focusing on his album “For You To See The Stars”, and his book by the same name.

Joe Kendrick, Graham Sharp, Martin Anderson, Roland Dierauf, Scotty Roberton, Woody Platt, and Mike Ashworth in the hallway of WNCW after an on air visit.
Photo by Vicki Dameron

Woody Platt, Graham Sharp, and Mike Ashworth of the Steep Canyon Rangers visited with Scotty on the air this past week during New Tunes at Two.  We featured their new album 'Out in the Open' and they also performed a live tune.  They perform this Saturday, January 27 at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, NC. 

We'll check in with a 2006 Studio B session with Mark Johnson and Emory Lester, just before the release of the album “Acoustic Rising.” Mark has a very unique banjo style that has been dubbed “clawgrass” and Emory Lester is a master mandolin and guitar player. Also, we'll head up the mountain to Asheville for a 2003 live session on the road with the one-man jam band Keller Williams, who played tunes for us from his album “Laugh”,  including the WNCW classic, “Freeker by the Speaker.” Join Kim Clark this Friday evening and every Friday evening as she hosts Studio B Rewind on WNCW.

WNCW is proud to again partner with the Foundation Performing Arts Center to present “Goin’ Across the Mountain Live.” WNCW’s acclaimed bluegrass show “Goin’ Across the Mountain” is a favorite of traditional and contemporary bluegrass fans across the region every Saturday afternoon. Now it comes to life on stage as we bring together some of the biggest names in bluegrass music.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Blue Highway with be playing this fundraiser for WNCW at Isothermal Community College Auditorium in Spindale, NC on Friday, January 12.  The show starts at 7 pm. 

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