Black Mountain-based singer-songwriter Wes Tirey is prolific: In the past year he’s released a collection of home recordings, a split album with Andrew Weathers and, most recently, the seven-track record O, Annihilator. From that record he performed “Memories Bygone” for Acoustic Asheville. Video by Jesse Hamm, shot at Carrier Park.
Early this year, following a 15-year hiatus, Raleigh-based roots rockers 6 String Drag got back together. The band originally formed in 1993 and was signed by Steve Earle’s E-Squared Records. The band toured with the likes of The Jayhawks, Whiskeytown, Buddy and Julie Miller and Son Volt before the musicians turned their focus to careers […]
New Belgium Brewing has released a series of entertaining short videos that spoof political attack ads to promote its beers. The Fort Collins, Colo.-based company is in the process of building a major new brewery in Asheville. Watch the series of videos below, embedded via the New Belgium YouTube channel.
Asheville resident Peter Pfister makes his own hard apple cider from fruit he scavenges from trees in Buncombe County. Click through for the story, a hyperlapse video of an apple-pressing and two hard cider recipes from Black Mountain Ciderworks.
Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry and Democratic challenger Tate MacQueen sharply disagreed on a range of issues during an Oct. 27 debate at UNC Asheville. The two candidates are vying for a seat in the U.S. Congress representing District 10, which was redrawn in 2011 to include most of Asheville. The area stretches southeast to the […]
UNC Asheville and the YMI Cultural Center hosted the inaugural African-Americans in Western North Carolina conference on Thursday-Friday, Oct.23-24. The event, designed to discuss an overlooked historical narrative, included speeches by Asheville civil rights leaders and scholars from UNCA and other regional universities.
Asheville’s booming craft beer scene continues to attract national attention. NBC’s “Today Show” featured an Oct. 18 segment spotlighting Wicked Weed and Highland Brewing companies as well as New Belgium Brewing’s investment in the area.
The three guys in Nashville-based Judah & the Lion (Judah Akers, Brian MacDonald and Nate Zuercher) look like a pop band (albeit a scruffy-ish one) and play with roots chops. They call their sound “folk-hop,” infusing soulful lyrics with harmonies, acoustic instrumentation and plenty of hooks. The band recently performed at New Mountain and played […]
By Jesse Hamm Folly Beach, S.C. is not only the official beach destination of most of Asheville, but the home of Americana roots-rockers Dangermuffin. According to the trio’s bio, their sound “encompasses ska, calypso, and even Southern rock, often within the same song.” And Relix wrote, “Just like many a funny named band before them […]
On tour for his latest album, Pitiful Blues, Malcolm Holcombe played a show at The Grey Eagle last month. He was joined by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jared Tyler, from Tulsa, Oklahoma. In advance of the show, the musicians talked about songwriting and touring, and Holcombe shared a few of his pearls of wisdom: “Hang around […]
I learned several things today while snapping photos at Eliada’s annual corn maze. One: it’s challenging to take photos/video of folks running through a corn maze, because with 2.7 miles of trail, I couldn’t find any of the other folks. I could hear them laughing and chattering, but they were just always around the bend […]
Hundreds of humans and zombies alike joined together on the French Broad River Sept. 20 to try to break the world record for most linked tubers on the water.
Amid escalating violence in the Middle East, several local groups are observing a “Day of Peace” on Sunday, Sept. 21.
Nan Chase and DeNeice Guest, authors of Drink the Harvest, recently joined Xpress in the test kitchen at Selina Naturally for a demonstration on how to make wine from fresh blackberries.
Republican Congressman Mark Meadows faces a challenge in this year’s election from Democrat Tom Hill. They’re vying to represent District 11, which encompasses much of Western North Carolina, including western Buncombe County. They debated for the first time last night, Sept. 4 at Western North Carolina University in Cullowhee. Watch a complete video of the […]
Fresh from spending much of the Summer in Asheville, actress Kristen Wiig spent most of her Sept. 3 segment with David Letterman talking about her experiences in the city. She painted a funny picture for the national audience, describing Asheville as “a little kind of hippie town” where “people who used to follow the Grateful Dead have moved … to die.”
The Larry Keel Experience kicked off New Mountain‘s outdoor stage series last weekend. In advance of that show, the band performed a song for Acoustic Asheville. Video by Jesse Hamm.
Over the last few weeks, a range of local notables have been participating in the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” Started by the nonprofit ALS Association to raise money and awareness to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a lethal disorder also know as Lou Gehrig’s disease, participants agree to be dumped with a bucket of ice water. […]
Differing visions for Buncombe County’s future collided July 30, as the Council of Independent Business Owners hosted the campaign season’s first candidate forum. Four candidates made their case for two seats on the Board of Commissioners. Sparring for District 2 Incumbent Democrat Ellen Frost faces a rematch with Republican Christina Merrill in District 2, which […]
Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music are partnering to showcase local musicians through a series of stripped-down performances for the web. This week Comet West performs “Ground Floor.”
Brace yourselves — the plant enthusiasts are coming. From Tuesday, July 15 through Saturday, July 19, Western North Carolina will once again play host to the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference, an annual event with workshops and field trips exploring many aspects of native plants. Get a feel for the conference with a video tour of the plants of Black Balsam Ridge.