When Childress set out to record his debut solo album, Mind the Gap — which he’ll launch at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, Oct. 15 — theatrics had to take a back seat.
Though the subject matter comes from tricky emotions and real talk, Ridenhour’s songs are far from downers. Instead, his writing is pop-savvy and smart; his performances are dynamic, with hooky melodies, frenzied riffs and kinetic, danceable energy.
Analog Moon songwriter/musician Todd Britton. He thought that futurist Ray Kurzweil’s ideas about the future would make a fun concept for an album, especially if he could “take it in a sci-fi direction, as opposed to [basing it upon] the actual scientific papers.”
The local singer-songwriter and bandleader launched her new album, today. She also shares a video for the title track.
The Other Way Around tackles many of these big-picture themes, but LaMotte’s approach is subtle. “I don’t like songs that are all message-y, that hit people over the head,” he says. His music almost always has an objective, “but I want to make the point artfully, in such a way that people can interpret it as they like.”
The band played four songs ahead of its album release celebration at The Mothlight on Friday, June 24.
Asheville gets a first listen, with band’s launch and extensive tour (including a date in Belgium, and more European shows to come) starting, fittingly, from The Broadcast’s adopted hometown.
Southern Crescent will also benefit from a new tact on the business side of things. The LP is being released via LoHi Records, a new label out of Greensboro, backed by entrepreneur Jim Brooks, singer-songwriter veteran Todd Snider and Railroad Earth fiddle player Tim Carbone, among others.
Experienced includes an impressive, all-star list of guest players (Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Keller Williams and many others) who augment and complement the core trio. “I like to showcase their talents while creating something unique and very special for the combo,” Keel says.
“We’re into the pirate thing; we’re into the carnival and circus thing. But we’re not defining ourselves by those genres,” says songwriter and keyboardist Danny Tetrault. “There’s a kind of carnival scene in Asheville, and we love being part of that. But you can tell by our music: We’re a rock band.”
The song “Truck Stop Stars” from her new album, Carnival of Hopes, is about a woman leaving a mountain town to cross the U.S. “To me, it foreshadowed my own drive back across the country to Asheville, but I wrote it before I made the decision to move,” she says.
“A lot of people make a blues connection to that music, but what I’m attracted to in all of that is the groove,” says Reed Turchi. Hooks and melody are qualities that he “definitely focused on. I’m always interested in chasing new musical ideas, and I am also interested in trying to make the best music possible.”
There are plenty of wonders, but Live at The Mothlight would rather thrill, scare, haunt and taunt that be plainly, simply pretty.
The local post-punk/neo-surf outfit will release, “Spitfire” / “The Corsage,” the first single from their forthcoming self-title debut, with a free show at The Lazy Diamond Sunday, Dec. 20.
Ben Lovett was introduced to 12 songwriters in Los Angeles, and during a series of blind-date-type meet-ups, composed songs with each of those strangers-turned-collaborators. The result is the four-EP series, Lovers & Friends, which launched in September.
Ahead of an album release show at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall Saturday, Oct. 10, the Jon Stickley Trio performed a couple of songs for the latest edition of Acoustic Asheville.
Melancholy that runs like a thread throughout Wintervals’ writing, but it’s a delicious sort of sadness that never devolves into gloom. “Overnight,” with the line, “I know your secret, you know mine. You know I won’t judge you, I think you’re fine,” sways softly with a kind of unselfconscious delicacy.
Andrews got her start as part of alt-country band the everybodyfields. She formed that group with fellow singer-songwriter Sam Quinn; they met as teens while working at summer camp. Andrews’ unique pop-folk sensibility and warm, soulful sound — apparent early on — have helped her steadily grow as a solo artist since striking out on her own in 2009. She’ll debut her newest album, The War Inside, at The Grey Eagle Friday, Sept. 25.
The band launches its ninth studio album, Radio, and performs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 to 13, as part of Mountain Song Festival. That event was started by the Steeps and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
This year’s Snake Oil Medicine Show reunion concert is also a release party for “The Golden Hour.” Founding members Phil Cheney, Caroline Pond, George and Andy Pond, Jason Krekel and Jay Sanders will be joined by Billy Seawell on drums at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Friday, Aug. 21.
Each song on the Alex Krug Combo’s new EP, Gentle Spotted Giants, is delivered with absolute care, even as its wrung from the singer’s guts. The album is launched at a release party at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 8:30 p.m.