On The Way Up

Open the door to a world of music from WNCW with On The Way Up, our new music podcast hosted by Joe Kendrick. Each episode features some of the best tunes that are either fresh out of the shrink wrap or just making their way into the hearts of WNCW listeners. Along with the new songs is the occasional feature “DJ For A Day”, where we give you a glimpse into life as a music host and into the broader music industry. Also included is the “Segue Of The Week”, with a new song paired with a classic track. For newcomers to WNCW, here is your introduction. For longtime fans who would like to keep up to date, this podcast is for you too.

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It’s that time of year when new music releases are at a fever pitch, when we’re getting more good albums and EPs and singles than we would in other times, including four acts from North Carolina.  So, get set for one of the old North state’s most celebrated bands of late, Hiss Golden Messenger, along with former Rosebuds’ frontman Ivan Howard’s new solo project, Howard Ivans, as well as Mississippi singer-songwriter transplant Krista Shows, and fellow Asheville residents and husband and wife team, The Moon And You.

The volume of great music coming to WNCW is incredible these days, and in this episode we dive into a collection of outstanding songs from favorites like Bruce Cockburn, Joan Osborne and Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton, who were co-founders of the Be Good Tanyas. We’ve got newcomers like Big State from Austin, TX, and Midnight Sister from Los Angeles. Also, host Joe Kendrick has a conversation with radio veteran Steph Beckett on DJ For A Day, talking about her experience in both commercial and public radio, and how many diverse skills are called for in the business today.

Get set for some modern day honky-tonk and roots rock from Eilen Jewell, JD McPherson and newcomer Haley Thompson-King, plus a new double disc from Luna, who fortunately decided to get back together, plus we’ll go dark with a couple picks from our nighttime sound -- a truly deep concept record from Public Service Broadcasting paired up with a classic track from Joy Division for our Segue Of The Week. DJ For A Day features WNCW midday host and Rhythm Theorem host Scotty Robertson, as we share stories of just how wrong things can go with live guests on the radio.

In this episode, we run the gamut from artists who are brand new on the scene to longstanding, award-winning favorites. This batch of music tends towards the jazzy, bluesy and poppy side of WNCW’s music mix, and begins with an artist who is returning to an inspiration some 40 years on, now bringing elements he never yet dared to his sound. We’ll feature a Segue Of The Week matching a new artist from Australia with a band that has evoked America’s Southwest for decades, and a lot more.

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Fiddlers’ conventions have been going on in the South for over a century. Today you can find some of the very best fiddlers’ conventions here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since 1972, musicians have been converging on the town of Mount Airy during the first weekend in June, for the world-famous Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention.

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