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.
Local experimental-rock band Fashion Bath launches new LP, Give It, with a free show at The Mothlight on Monday, Aug. 10.
The new album from local pop-noir band stephaniesid officially releases on Tuesday, June 9. The 11 tracks delve into themes of hope, fear, aspiration, ambitions, failure, acceptance and what it truly means to be an artist.
Unfettered freedom courses through Harvey Leisure’s repeato-psych compositions for Nest Egg. The guitarist, though, has some pretty stringent ideas about how to put on a show, all of which could come to bear when the band plays its free record release show Friday, May 29, at The Mothlight.
Initial tracking for We All Stay Hungry took place in Asheville at Sound Temple Recording Studios, with the bulk of recording, overdubbing, mixing and mastering completed at Eagle Room. A single, “The Best in You,” featuring a guest vocal by local sensation Lyric, was released on April 1.
Singer-songwriter Nikki Talley left Asheville (sort of) to tour full-time with her husband and bandmate, Jason Sharp. The pair will roll their home-on-wheels back to Asheville for the release of a new album and a show at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall on Thursday, March 12.
“I feel like we’re ambassadors out there,” says singer and guitarist Ryan O’Keefe. “I love to say it on the microphone. The reaction is always like, ‘You’re from Asheville? I love Asheville!’”
Buckner had shared stages with the likes of Dierks Bentley, the Zac Brown Band and Blackberry Smoke and won the 2014 Asheville Talent Search. He also fronts his own group, Southern Soul Campaign.
The entire six-song collection, is as much about the orchestration of Griffin’s voice in collaboration with the instrumentation, as it is about the lyrics. Tender strings offer poignant accents, but it’s the low, almost whispery bowed bass that’s the happiest surprise.
Local musician and songwriter Jeff Thompson has been hard at work on So Far, So Strange, his new album. It represents personal and stylistic changes; it also marks some brilliant collaborations and daring risks. Thompson is a big personality with comedic leanings (find his “Shit New Age Guys Say” video on YouTube); but at the […]
For the follow-up to their 2013 EP, Shake, the members of Asheville’s The Get Right Band knew their goals were bigger than what their checking accounts would allow. “Our vision for the record was to do something big, something bold and powerful and unique,” says guitarist/vocalist Silas Durocher. “We felt like the songs we had […]
The Tills (formerly The Critters) play every song like rock ‘n’ roll was just discovered and their veins run with undiluted caffeine. And that’s the elevator pitch for the local band’s new 7-inch, Howlin’ (out on Phuzz Records): A hyper-bombastic dash through Animals-era rock, made more jangly, more garage-y and, ultimately, more fun. The album’s […]
Already Nothing, the new EP (and third album) by local noise-rock trio Telecine (Andrew Larson, Steven Teague, Jon McDuffie) is, actually, a lot of something. In under 30 minutes, the scopic project crashes and drifts through moods and vistas. It’s at once aggressive and aloof, tightly-coiled and unpinned, gritty and refined. The album, recorded in Haywood […]
Western North Carolina native Malcolm Holcombe plays a rare local show at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Aug. 30.
An album release is cause for celebration — the long hours in the studio; the funds raised through gigs, jobs and the kindness of friends and fans; the songs finally brought to life and ready for an audience. Considering, it might seem like a counterintuitively low-key move for folk-rock group Even the Animals to release […]