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Friday Feature: Taste of Charlotte...Yum

Jun 6, 2017
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Since 1999, Taste of Charlotte has grown in to one of the major festivals each year for the Queen City.  It highlights culinary art and cuisine at its finest with a variety of restaurants and food. Event representative Carrie Griffin talked with WNCW about what's coming up at this year's TOC, June 9-11.  This Friday Feature Interview of the Week originally aired June 2, 2017.

Posted by Host and Producer of WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week - Paul Foster

In this episode we feature styles ranging from Celtic stomp to gospel blues, and from artists hailing from west Africa and western North Carolina. There’s both heartbreak and redemption in the show, and we’ll drop some knowledge about music promotion and publicity with our DJ For A Day segment when I interview Nelson Wells, founder of Team Clermont from Athens, GA. Plus our Segue Of The Week is a gem featuring a host of master musicians from Mali alongside Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame.


Celebrated as "the Ministrel of the Appalachians," Bascomb Lamar Lunsford was born in Madison County, N.C. He learned to fashion fiddles from goards at an early age and later mastered the 5-string banjo. A lawyer, teacher, fruit-tree and honey bee promoter by trade, Bascom would record over 300 sides of mountain music from memory for the Library of Congress. Bascom started the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville in 1928, which is now the longest continuing folk festival in the nation.

Think about this - one-million steps, four hundred miles, and 71 different trails, all experienced by Ben Anderson, author of  "Smokies Chronicle - A Year of Hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park."  Ben talks about hiking in the mountains and putting it into book form, while taking us through parts of his work. It's WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week, originally broadcast May 26, 2017.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature, WNCW's Paul Foster