Up the Chain

Smart bets: Up the Chain

For Reed Kendall, transitioning from solo songwriting to a solid band lineup has been “the ultimate blessing.” With drummer Kirby Sybert and bassist Noah Skaroff replacing the former rotating cast of musicians, he says his Philadelphia-based rock band Up the Chain is using consistency and trust as a platform for progress. The group’s first record […]

The Appalachian Studies Association held its 38th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference last weekend at Eastern Tennessee University. Photo by Max Hunt.

Mountain medley: Reflection­s on the 2015 Appalachia­n Studies Conference

In an ongoing effort to connect those dispersed communities, the Appalachian Studies Association held its 38th annual conference last month in Johnson City, Tenn. The one-of-a-kind event unites scholars and musicians, activists and academics, to celebrate the often misunderstood region’s distinctive heritage, culture and physical landscape.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: The members of Foul Mouth Jerk's hip-hop act, left, actually have a lot in common with country band The Honeycutters, right. Both local bands recorded new records at Echo Mountain Studios; both will launch those albums at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall this week.

The Honeycutte­rs and Foul Mouth Jerk play Isis on consecutiv­e nights

Place The Honeycutters and Foul Mouth Jerk side by side and one can’t help but notice their differences. The former play country roots music while the latter raps and, unless one puts undue emphasis on the “cut” of Honeycutters, even their names reflect opposite sensibilities. But beyond these sonic and stylistic splits, the two Asheville acts have a substantial amount in common.