Experimental traditions: The Black Twig Pickers' Nathaniel Earl Bowles blends his affinity for Appalachian folk music with an interest in sonic experimentation, forging a drone- and trance-based sound that incorporates "hyper-nuanced" percussion and clawhammer banjo. The Virginia-based performer plays Jack of the Wood on Friday, July 12.
Far out: Eccentric songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Colonel Bruce Hampton, Ret. has fronted more than half a dozen bands in his 40-year career, kickstarting the careers of performers like Derek Trucks and Jimmy Herring and inspiring a generation of irreverent rock improvisers. The jam scene's elder statesman visits Asheville on Saturday, July 13 for an intimate performance at The Bywater.
Behind the Mic
Asheville FM hosts dozens of weekly shows that run the gamut of musical styles and tastes (you name it, they've got it). But don't take our word for it: take theirs. Xpress brings you this weekly feature — direct from the DJs — highlighting a few of the station's stellar offerings. www.ashevillefm.org.
Untaped focuses on the talents of unsigned rock and metal bands, providing a platform to bring their music to those who may have never heard it otherwise. Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. with Ogre. Photo by Max Cooper