The Okeh Record sessions that took place in Asheville nearly 100 years ago. The New York-based label, in a bid to discover lesser-known Southern musicians, took trips to various locations where, with a portable studio, its engineers pressed wax test records. The Asheville session, held the last week of August in 1925, attracted musicians and vocalists from around the region, their styles ranging from jazz and minstrel offerings to gospel and country. A Friday, Aug. 28 concert and talk commemorates the recordings.
Each month concert photographer David Simchock of music news and reviews blog Front Row Focus shares some of his favorite images, captured on stages in and around Asheville.
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.
MANNA FoodBank’s newly announced capital campaign, the Space to Erase Hunger, includes a comprehensive plans to achieve an “integrated facility,” through a complete overhaul of current warehouse operations.
The accomplishments of renowned local musicians David Holt, David Wilcox and David LaMotte are impressive singularly. Collectively, the trio (performing as The Three Davids) boasts thousands of performances across the globe, endless collaborations with roots notables, dozens of lauded records and even a handful of Grammy Awards from Holt. First names aside, the three find […]
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.
Break out the candles! Western Carolina University celebrates its 125th year during the 40th annual Mountain Heritage Day festival, a free event to recollect WCU’s rich history. Two stages and a dedicated dance floor will host clogging team performances and concerts (including Grammy Award-winner David Holt), and more than 100 vendor booths will sprawl into […]
David Holt’s black and white film portraits of some of Appalachian music’s greatest talents — and Holts’ personal mentors — will be shown for the first time at UNC Asheville April 7-16.
Click through for photos (by John Zara) of Matrimony, Space Capone, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, David Holt, Moon Taxi, Son of Bill, Kishi Bashi, The Birchtree Band, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and videos (by Jesse Hamm) of Kishi Bashi and the Booty Band.
David Holt tells the outrageous story of Dr. John R. Brinkley, “the greatest charlatan of the age.” The storytelling event “Goat Glands and Banjo Bands” will be held on Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Madison County Arts Council in Marshall.