The group’s debut album, Dead End Road, will be released during a celebratory performance, complete with special-edition pint glasses and koozies up for grabs at Pisgah Brewing Co.
After years of recording music and playing with roots band Red June, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and her husband, guitarist John Cloyd Miller, are “excited to present some of our favorite original and traditional duets that we have been playing together for years.”
Prolific local musician Chris Rosser is compiling an anniversary CD to commemorate the occasion and boost event proceeds, which benefit the LEAF Schools and Streets program and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville.
Wates’ catalog, for example, ranges from folk-inspired albums to down-tempo ballads and most recently, theatrically delivered (and slightly off-kilter) musical tale-telling.
The term “independent musician” doesn’t quite convey the extent of Kyle Donovan’s dedication to the do-it-yourself ethos. Performing under the name Miles Wide, the self-taught musician acts as his own manager, recording engineer, Web developer, graphic designer, press contact, booking agent and social media correspondent.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a milestone for a 15 year old guitarist and a youth guidance organization providing free opportunities for children.
Theatrical facial expressions and expressive gesticulations take jazz vocalist Annie Sellick’s onstage storytelling abilities over the top, transforming each song into a personal conversation with the crowd.
Lowland Hum, composed of indie folk musicians Daniel and Lauren Goans, has been churning out sweet and artsy material since the couple’s 2012 nuptials.
Bishop stumbled upon his latest challenge — a spellbinding parlor guitar — in Tangier, Morocco. This six-stringed muse inspired an improvised collection of seductive tunes titled Tangier Sessions, which showcases both the unaccompanied instrument and Bishop’s own penchant for songwriting.
Despite churning out a steady stream of upbeat piano anthems, Mikey Wax turns the diva pop star stereotype on its head.
Thigh slaps, hand claps, finger snaps and foot taps typify Evie Ladin and Keith Terry’s uniquely percussive performance style. The energetic pair marries old-time- and blues-inspired folk.
2014 was a prolific year for emcee and hip-hop producer Black Milk (also known as Curtis Cross) who polished his solo rap EP Glitches in the Break just months before releasing his sixth full-length record If There’s a Hell Below.
Local Flavor AVL co-founder Flori Pate recently launched a new project aimed at community progress through collaboration. Food Connection, which consolidates hunger and food waste by redirecting surplus edibles, will hold a kickoff fundraiser at the Altamont Theatre on Friday, March 13.
Americana singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky swapped formal education for a musical pursuit all his own. Now, 11 albums later, the pianist-turned-guitarist has mastered the art of adorning his lyrical tales with eccentricity and wit.
“They may appear to be a traditional bluegrass band at first glance, but they’ve taken the customary old-timey instrumentation to new heights,” reads a press release for Colorado trio Yonder Mountain String Band. Credited with pioneering “a renegade movement to rewrite the definition of the genre,” the Yonder Mountain pickers deliver their self-made brand of […]
Asheville’s AL Coffee & Da Grind, a self-described high-energy, up-tempo blues quartet, will travel to Memphis, Tenn., in late January, joining more than 200 musical groups in competition at the International Blues Challenge. The soul- and dance-inspired band has scheduled a series of hometown fundraising gigs to cover the musicians’ trip to this “blues heaven” […]
“There are gonna be a lot of smiles onstage and for good reason,” says Asheville guitarist Taylor Martin of his upcoming show at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. Local music luminaries Lyndsay Pruitt (fiddle), Drew Matulich (mandolin) and Rick Cooper (upright bass) comprise Martin’s band, and drummer Josh Mulligan will also join the musical combo […]
Twenty-five years after meeting on a London train, couple Shannon and Mark Casson are working toward their seventh full-length studio album as The Cheeksters — a glam-pop outfit whose catchy sound has been scooped up for commercial use by NFL and Coca-Cola in past years. “Typically I’ll be playing a new song around the house, […]
Laney Jones could pull her weight simply performing as the banjoist for Laney Jones & the Lively Spirits, but thankfully she shares her vocal talents with the world as well. Marrying the sprightliness of youth with the tame confidence of an old soul, Jones’ live vocals venture freely from smooth to saucy, with lyrical content […]
Most touring artists gather stories and experiences to fuel their writing while on tour, but Fred Eaglesmith also collects used deep fryer oil to power his converted 1990 tour bus. This feisty mentality pervades other aspects of Eaglesmith’s persona, making him the type to hand-draw his concert posters, hook audiences with a comical tale or […]
When it comes to genres, brothers Dillon and Jantzen Wray refuse to pick just one … or two. Their band Carolina Wray’s 2014 single “America,” for example, combines uncharacteristically slow banjo strums with vocal and electric guitar tracks made of undiluted pop rock. The former Old North State band members take decisive strides into the […]