FOR THE RECORD: As a producer or engineer, Chris Rosser always strives to keep things in the studio positive and moving forward. Part of that approach is the philosophy that "there are no bad ideas," a concept he’s borrowed from Daniel Lanois’ work with Brian Eno and U2. “It creates an environment where ideas aren't going to be shut down before they're given a fair shot, and often that'll lead to some of the more interesting things on a record,” Rosser says. Photo by Lynn Morgan Rosser

Prolific producer Chris Rosser takes time for first solo album in eight years

When eight years passes between a musician’s albums, it’s natural to wonder what he’s been up to during that time. For Asheville songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser, however, it’s almost easier to diagram what he hasn’t been doing. On top of steady solo gigs and collaborations, Rosser has stayed busy with percussionist River Guerguerian and […]

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Acoustic Asheville: The Moon and You

Local duo-turned-trio The Moon and You is multi-instrumentalists Ryan Furstenberg, Melissa Hyman and Dulci Ellenberger. Each musician is also a singer-songwriter so, when they recorded this Acoustic Asheville session, they performed not one but three songs. Filmed by Jesse Hamm at the Asheville Area Arts Council in the Grove Arcade. “Currituck County Moon,” written by Ryan […]

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Smart bets: Winter’s Tune

Fiddler Roger Howell has recorded 532 traditional fiddle tunes from memory — the growing collection is housed in Mars Hill University’s Southern Appalachian Archives. But that’s not the only way that the local musician’s history is being honored. A documentary about Howell’s role in preserving mountain music in Western North Carolina is being created by […]

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Smart bets: Sweet Claudette and Bombadil

Four- and six-part vocal harmonies and multicolored kazoos captivate audiences when Western North Carolina supergroup Sweet Claudette takes the stage. The country Motown quartet, composed of Amanda Platt (The Honeycutters), Melissa Hyman (The Moon and You), Amber Lyle Sims and Dulci Ellenberger (Now You See Them), supplements itsr intricate vocals with cello, banjo, melodica and […]

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Brown Bag Songwriting Competition winner Brittany Ann Tranbaugh

By the end of the night Brittany Ann Tranbaugh walked away victorious. Though, for the recent Asheville transplant, it sounds like the contest was more about artistry and connections within the local songwriting community than killer instinct. “It was such a good show. Everyone who played was incredible,” she says. “I got in touch with some really great people.”

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Asheville Anime Regional Convention plans night of music and nerdery

In its inaugural year, the Asheville Anime Regional Convention drew some 700 guests. To promote an even greater reception in 2015, AARC organizers will host “an unforgettable night of music, prizes and geek action” as a teaser for next year’s convention. The event draws on four musical acts, including self-described “highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop” by […]

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In photos: Asheville Holiday Parade

On Saturday, Nov. 22, Asheville’s annual holiday parade made its way through the streets of downtown. The festive lineup included floats, marching bands, majorettes, civic organizations, a visit from Santa and — perhaps an even bigger deal than St. Nick, judging from the number of exclamation points used in related tweets — “American Idol” winner […]

CANDLES FOR HANDLES: Mike Sule, left, founder and director of Asheville on Bikes, is pleased to partner with The Market Place's chef William Dissen, right, for Asheville on Bikes' eighth birthday bash. Dissen will prepare four small plates to be paired with New Belgium's craft beers. Photo courtesy of Asheville on Bikes

Asheville on Bikes throws 8th birthday party, Beer and Bites for Bikes

Throwing a birthday party to celebrate eight years of activism certainly fits the bill for Asheville on Bikes, whose official mission is to “cultivate the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy & celebration.” Accordingly, Beer and Bites for Bikes, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3 at The Market Place, offers an open invitation to […]