Chris Thile stays pretty busy. When Mountain Xpress caught up with him, the McArthur genius and virtuoso mandolinist was just about to board a plane for St. Paul, Minn. There, his band Punch Brothers was scheduled to perform, and Thile was slotted to guest-host A Prairie Home Companion for a couple of weeks. The variety […]
“I was looking for some things to jam along with one day,” says local guitarist Jon Stickley. Known for his flatpicking prowess, he usually practiced to a bluegrass playlist. “But then I started going into some other areas on my iPod, like hip-hop and rock, and I started having more fun playing along with that […]
As a child, Jens Kruger of Wilkesboro mountain-music trio The Kruger Brothers was so fascinated with the music of Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe that he taught himself how to play banjo on a broken instrument, nailing the strings to the peg board. “I like the sound of the banjo,” he says. “For me, mentally, it’s […]
The Colorado-based jam-grass nomads of Yonder Mountain String Band log more than 100 live shows per year, so the musicians have to keep performances eclectic if only to preserve their own sanity. The band has an extensive catalog of rock-infused bluegrass to draw from, and rest assured that string-laden Hendrix covers are not off-limits. A […]
Fans of Asheville quintet Town Mountain will be familiar with the concept of podorythmie — not because they are well-versed in French Canadian percussive techniques, but because it’s nearly impossible to listen to the band’s jaunty bluegrass without adding your own toe-tapping beat. The self-described “hard-drivin’ Carolina string band” is in the running for an […]
Asheville native Bryan Sutton isn’t just another guy with a guitar. After launching his career as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder, he went on to play and record with artists like Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Harry Connick Jr. “I simply want to make the best music possible with the best people possible,” […]
“Renegade traditionalist” band Mipso makes a stop at Isis Music Hall on Saturday, April 5 at 8:30 p.m. Chris Eldridge also performs.
Sanctum Sully performs a new song from the group’s forthcoming record as part of the Acoustic Asheville series.
Recently formed bluegrass band Unspoken Tradition (led by singer-songwriter Ty Gilpin) holds an album release party at The Bywater on Friday, Nov. 8.
The two local bands (one rocks, one picks) make a triumphant return. They’ll play The Grey Eagle on Tuesday, Aug. 20. All ages show. 9 p.m., $8 at the door.
Town Mountain covers the Boss in a green room video shot by Brian Adam Smith.
The local bluegrass band won for best bluegrass album. Photo from kansascity.com.
The guitarist talks about playing with Larry Keel, bringing a drummer on tour and what to expect from the band’s two-night run at the Orange Peel.
Town Mountain talks to Xpress (and gives us an exclusive performance) in advance of their Jan. 18 performance at Isis. That show, presented by FATE, benefits MANNA Foodbank and includes fellow bluegrass outfit Sanctum Sully. Click through for the video.
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.
Leftover Salmon founding member Drew Emmitt talks about everything from festivals, getting back on the road after a hiatus, their first new album in 8 years and Bonnie Raitt. Leftover Salmon plays the Orange Peel on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
The local bluegrass band drops its fourth album. Fans can download the title track for free.
The local bluegrass band performs on Saturday, June 30 as part of Fan Appreciation Day.
In case you haven’t heard the local trio’s latest album, “Words from the Well,” here’s a review and a couple of videos. They’re currently on tour in the northeast and in California, but hopefully they’ll have another Asheville show booked before too long. Photo by Amanda Cabanillas.
The local bluegrass band drops sophomore album “Trade Winds” at the Grey Eagle this Saturday. But first, they met with Xpress at The ByWater to talk about the record and perform the track “Back to Knoxville.” Click through for the video by Jesse Hamm.
The legendary bluegrass musician, known for the “Beverly Hillbillies” theme music and social activism, was raised in N.C.‘s Cleveland County. He died yesterday, at age 88. Photo of Scruggs and his sons from the Flat and Scruggs website.