When most musicians accumulate enough popular songs to warrant a greatest hits album, they simply gather the studio versions of those tracks, present them in an order they see fit and toss it out for their listeners to consume. But Malcolm Holcombe? He isn’t most musicians.
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.
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.
It was almost exactly a year ago that local indie-pop band stephaniesĭd launched ĭd Weekly a month-long residency in the upstairs lounge of Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. Included in those weekly intimate concerts was a segment called “night of bravery” in which members of the audience could take the stage for up to five minutes.
Stars and Dust, the new album by Songs of Water (out in June), is not easy listening — which is not to say it’s un easy listening. But these 10 tracks demand attention. From the first staccato notes of “11 Miles,” the album is a journey, transportive and transformative.
Catie Curtis was dubbed a “folk-rock goddess” by The New Yorker — an impressive title that still doesn’t manage to sum up the singer-songwriter’s remarkable career.
Place The Honeycutters and Foul Mouth Jerk side by side and one can’t help but notice their differences. The former play country roots music while the latter raps and, unless one puts undue emphasis on the “cut” of Honeycutters, even their names reflect opposite sensibilities. But beyond these sonic and stylistic splits, the two Asheville acts have a substantial amount in common.
The band brings the energy of New Orleans back to Western North Carolina — releasing their new album, Here & Gone Again, at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, April 11, the group’s two-year anniversary.
After several months away from stages, the quintet is eager to resume its mission of presenting the bedazzled pop icon’s lesser-known gems alongside chart-topping hits, all while preserving original musical arrangements.
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.
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.
Renowned fiddler and Grand Ole Opry veteran Kate Lee, mandolin prodigy Forrest O’Connor and backing guitarist Jim Shirey had a productive post-holiday powwow, solidifying a handful of shiny new tunes for the contemporary folk duo’s February tour.
“This is a special collaboration of forces in Asheville — Isis [Restaurant & Music Hall], New Mountain, Pisgah [Brewing Co.] and FATE come together for a evening of brass funk,” says a press release. The star in that equation is, of course, New Orleans-based outfit Dirty Dozen Brass Band. In celebration of its 35th anniversary, […]
“I’m ecstatic to finally deliver [Say What You Will] into everyone’s most patient hands,” says folk Americana singer-songwriter Hope Griffin of her upcoming EP release party. Not one to rush art, the Asheville performer has planned a two-hour showcase that draws heavily from her “four-year labor of love,” a potent six-pack spanning “soulful ballads to […]
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.
Surrealist musician Col. Bruce Hampton sandwiches his Asheville show between two runs of exotic dates.
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” […]
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, […]
In late May, Asheville indie rockers The Hermit Kings had a blast opening for a reunited Gran Torino at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. A week later, they returned to the West Asheville venue for the All Go West music festival and had another positive experience. “The sound was great, the lights are great, the […]
Internationally renowned Celtic violinist Jamie Laval’s Christmas in Scotland performance calls on a patchwork of art forms to revive traditional Celtic celebrations of the winter solstice and Christmas. Local guitarist and banjoist David Brown and multi-instrumentalist Rosalind Buda are among Laval’s supporting lineup of Celtic-influenced artists, in addition to a Welsh harpist and a Scottish […]
Josh Stack, founder and executive director of Funding America Through Entertainment, first began combining his passion for music with his mission to end hunger two decades ago. “Back in the early ‘90s in the Southeast, everybody went to see Widespread Panic,” he says. “The band let me set up a table and raise money at […]