Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a local designer’s efforts to create a living wage, ethical garment factory and multiple Grammy-winning musician David Holt’s televised programming to preserve Appalachian traditions.
Later this month, the four-time Grammy Award-winner will look ahead at the future of mountain music in “David Holt’s State of Music,” a one-hour special.
It takes two, as the saying goes. Local musician Darren Nicholson is a member of bluegrass group Balsam Range and the leader of his namesake band. Singer-songwriter Mark Bumgarner is a solo artist, as well as half of the duo Calico Moon and a contributor to multiple Balsam Range projects. Together, Nicholson and Bumgarner will […]
Balsam Range “thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains” near the band’s hometown in Haywood County, but the bluegrass ensemble’s reverence for Western North Carolina doesn’t end there. The five-piece will hold a benefit concert for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s Veterans Restoration Services, an organization providing housing, food […]
Named after the majestic range of mountains where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, Balsam Range has been steadily making its mark on the bluegrass scene since the five musicians came together in 2007. The band’s 2012 album, Papertown, won the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year award, and expectations are high for the group’s […]
The local bluegrass quintet announces the Jan. 22 release of a collaboration with John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) and two upcoming show (Jan. 18 and 19 at the Altamont Theatre) to record their own live album.
This weekend, share a story, celebrate a four-legged friend, learn how to keep your garden going through the winter and more. As always, Xpress highlights the best in low-cost weekend entertainment.