“We booked Young and in the Way!” said The Mothlight in a newsletter. “Remember that band that shut down The Lab’s listening room after they covered it and everyone in it in pig’s blood? Them.”
Later this month, the four-time Grammy Award-winner will look ahead at the future of mountain music in “David Holt’s State of Music,” a one-hour special.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a band’s quest for the perfect mandolin, a new floor for Asheville Community Theatre and an erotic art fundraising event.
The artist collective, made up of more than a dozen musicians from various countries along the Nile River Basin, is embarking on its first tour of the Unites States with a two-day stop in Asheville.
The local pop-rock act is the new project of Stephen Mortensen.
Weyes Blood makes a stop at Tiger Mountain on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 9 p.m.
A new video released Jan. 7 takes viewers behind-the-scenes at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording studio as Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield make an album of Elliott Smith songs.
The Altamont Theatre recently revealed that it will re-open. One of the current owners, Sam Katz , filled Xpress in on plans for the revamped venue, what changes to expect, and how the new Altamont Theatre will work with neighboring venue Asheville Music Hall
Asheville’s AL Coffee & Da Grind, a self-described high-energy, up-tempo blues quartet, will travel to Memphis, Tenn., in late January, joining more than 200 musical groups in competition at the International Blues Challenge. The soul- and dance-inspired band has scheduled a series of hometown fundraising gigs to cover the musicians’ trip to this “blues heaven” […]
“There are gonna be a lot of smiles onstage and for good reason,” says Asheville guitarist Taylor Martin of his upcoming show at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. Local music luminaries Lyndsay Pruitt (fiddle), Drew Matulich (mandolin) and Rick Cooper (upright bass) comprise Martin’s band, and drummer Josh Mulligan will also join the musical combo […]
Twenty-five years after meeting on a London train, couple Shannon and Mark Casson are working toward their seventh full-length studio album as The Cheeksters — a glam-pop outfit whose catchy sound has been scooped up for commercial use by NFL and Coca-Cola in past years. “Typically I’ll be playing a new song around the house, […]
The Steep Canyon Rangers must never sleep because, in addition to touring extensively and making albums with famous friends (their most recent is 2014’s Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell LIVE; the track “Pretty Little One” from that album is Grammy-nominated), they also make time to do good deeds. And drink […]
It might be a song about dying, but The Freeway Revival‘s cover of “Whipping Post” — performed last Saturday night during the local band’s show — brought The Allman Brothers’ legacy to life. In fact, the five member band, led by a songwriting brother duo, seemed to channel the soul-filled history of rock ‘n’ roll. […]
As Xpress reported on Jan. 1, the New Earth MUZiQ team (who also owns venue New Mountain, which opened last year at 38 N. French Broad) recently acquired Asheville Music Hall and will operate it as a sister venue to New Mountain. The Patton Avenue business was listed for sale this fall. The venue holds […]
In late May, Asheville indie rockers The Hermit Kings had a blast opening for a reunited Gran Torino at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. A week later, they returned to the West Asheville venue for the All Go West music festival and had another positive experience. “The sound was great, the lights are great, the […]
Twice monthly, my blog 30 Days Out spotlights upcoming music shows and events of note, shining a light into some less well-lit corners, where some fascinating artists schedule performances. I do my best to give ample advance notice so that you can adjust your budget and calendar in a way that lets you get to […]
The Stump Mutts’ newest album, We Can All Relate (released in November), takes its title from the chorus of the track, “Ignorance Bring Bliss”: “Hey, we can all relate. Let’s sing along and play, don’t question anything.” That song, a driving — though mid-tempo — rocker pairs heavy bass (John Lindsey), guitars (Neal Ward and […]
While not quite as attention-getting as the impending end of the world would’ve been, the “tube-ocalypse” sucked in a drove of zombie-hungry readers this year: The most-viewed story on Mountainx.com in 2014 was “Asheville Tries for Tubing World Record with ‘Zombie Float.’” Here’s a look at the the top-10 most-viewed stories.
Recently topping the ReverbNation Americana charts for Asheville, Americana/country-blues collective The Freeway Revival writes songs about the Appalachian mountains but spends a lot of time touring outside Western North Carolina. Upcoming dates take the group to the Carolina coast, upstate New York and into the Midwest; last spring the band traveled to L.A. to record […]
Laney Jones could pull her weight simply performing as the banjoist for Laney Jones & the Lively Spirits, but thankfully she shares her vocal talents with the world as well. Marrying the sprightliness of youth with the tame confidence of an old soul, Jones’ live vocals venture freely from smooth to saucy, with lyrical content […]
Most touring artists gather stories and experiences to fuel their writing while on tour, but Fred Eaglesmith also collects used deep fryer oil to power his converted 1990 tour bus. This feisty mentality pervades other aspects of Eaglesmith’s persona, making him the type to hand-draw his concert posters, hook audiences with a comical tale or […]