The 21st noel

Now in its 21st iteration, the annual Christmas Jam — the charitable brainchild of local hero/guitar god Warren Haynes — is as exciting as ever. It's also a tried-and-true event. Fans know the deal: Haynes' musician pals and collaborators are invited to take part in the fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Instead of wielding hammers […]


It's a well-documented fact at this juncture: Asheville's sound is a melting pot, a smorgasbord, a sonic gumbo. But just in case you needed further proof, this week's roundup — pulled at random from a stack of submitted CDs — turns up rock, Americana, world/spiritual, bluegrass and jazz guitar.  Consider it potluck listening. Shed by […]

Girl talk

Angie Flynn-McIver discovered Atlanta-based trio Girlyman when a childhood friend contacted her through Facebook and said something like, "If you're not listening to Girlyman, then I don't even know who you are." Effective, if dramatic; of course Flynn-McIver, producing director of North Carolina Stage Company, is in the drama business. All the real girls: Atlanta's […]