Melancholy that runs like a thread throughout Wintervals’ writing, but it’s a delicious sort of sadness that never devolves into gloom. “Overnight,” with the line, “I know your secret, you know mine. You know I won’t judge you, I think you’re fine,” sways softly with a kind of unselfconscious delicacy.
The 2015 iteration of American Craft Week is held Friday, Oct. 2 to Sunday, Oct. 11, so it’s really a week-plus. That’s a good thing, because with more than 30 Western North Carolina-based craft galleries and organizations involved, it’ll take all 10 days to visit each showroom and explore every exhibit.
American Craft Week actually spans 10 days — from Friday, Oct. 2, to Sunday, Oct. 11 — with participating organizations in every state. Many states, however, only have an event or two. North Carolina boasts 40 entries on the American Craft Week website, and so many of those (34) are based in Western N.C. that the region is just one of three with its own webpage.
Madison County fiddler Roger Howell is the subject of “A Mighty Fine Memory: Stories and Tunes from the Fiddler of Banjo Branch,” a new documentary film that debuts Saturday, Oct. 3, at the annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival in Mars Hill.
Discoveries at Garden Creek, an archeological site near Canton, suggest it served as a home for native craftspeople who produced artifacts for a religious and cultural movement that swept ancient North America nearly 2,000 years ago.
Despite the gray skies and blustery mountain winds that cloaked the day on Saturday, Sept. 26, the city’s first Venture Local Fair put the vibrant colors of Asheville’s local business community on display.
Banjo player and composer Jayme Stone turned an interest in the Alan Lomax folk music archives into a collaborative project with 20-plus musicians. Three will join him at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Thursday, Oct. 1.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features one woman’s quest to revive her elders’ traditions and a West Asheville server’s full-fledged street festival.
New York-based singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling released his most recent album, Labor Against Waste, earlier this year. His tour brought him to The Mothlight Sept. 3. Before that show, he performed two songs with Julia Christgau for Xpress.
The Walking Guys is a collaboration of four Nashville-based musicians on a 1,600-mile tour, on foot, from Portland, Me. back to Tennessee. They will perform at The Root Bar Saturday, Oct. 3, and at The Town Pump Monday, Oct. 5.
Wright’s new album and fifth offering, builds on the musician’s foundation in jazz and gospel. Although the album moves through various musical genres — the sultry lilt of “The Game,” the breathless slow dance of “Right Where You Are,” the aching, gospel-infused cover of The Bee Gee’s “To Love Somebody” — every song is ultimately about Wright’s voice.
If you caught the band’s mostly sold-out debut tour, you already know it’s hard to listen to any Sylvan Esso song and remain sitting still. This version of “H.S.K.T.,” recorded at Moog Music as part of the Moog SoundLab series, is no exception.