WNCW-FM Podcasts

Podcasts of visiting artists and local news stories.

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.

Doc Watson’s signature baritone voice and unique lead bluegrass guitar licks became synonymous with traditional and bluegrass music. Born in Deep Gap, N.C., Doc lost his vision before his first birthday but never let his blindness slow him down, learning ballads and teaching himself harmonica, banjo and guitar. Since his death in 2012, Doc remains the most highly respected flat-pick guitar player in the history of traditional American music.

When English, Irish and Scottish settlers moved into Appalachia, they brought an ancient form of music with them – the ballad. The isolated mountains drew song collectors like Englishman Cecil Sharp. In Madison County, Sharp collected several hundred songs – including 70 from Jane Hicks Gentry from Hot Springs.

Brasstown, in the far southwest corner of North Carolina, is home to the John C. Campbell Folk School founded in 1925. Its founder Olive Dame Campbell collected the music of the region, including ballads and fiddle tunes. Today, people from all over the world travel to the Folk School to begin their day with Morningsong and attend classes in everything from mandolin playing to blacksmithing. Evening entertainment includes Southern Mountain Square Dance, jams and concerts.

Friday Feature: Plow Day at Warren Wilson College

Sep 13, 2017
Area teamsters show off their draft animals at Plow Day 2015.
Photo: Rachel Sexton

Did you miss this year's Annual Plow Day? If so, this will be a WNCW Friday Feature Interview of the Week that you'll want to check out as to be prepared for next year.  The yearly event is held by and at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.  Playing a big part in the event is the college's Horse Crew.  Learn about the crew, its mission/studies, and all the details on Horse Power - Plow Day from guest Warren Wilson Student, Anna Murabito.  This segment originally aired Sept. 8, 2017.

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