The music of electric guitarist Adrian Belew is tough to pin down, and he prefers it that way: “I don’t like to put titles on any of these brands of music,” he says. “For the people making the music, it’s better not to have them.” The people listening to the music can weigh in on […]
If singer-songwriter Grace Joyner’s path to fronting a band meandered a bit, the end justifies the means. Her debut EP, Young Fools, is eloquent and self-possessed without being overworked or overwrought. The coolness of the spacey keyboard tones and shimmery percussion is well-matched to Joyner’s simultaneously rounded and remote vocal. The musician — who plays […]
Since 2012, the Asheville Street Food Coalition has rented and managed The Lot at 51 Coxe Ave., where assorted food trucks dole out delectable edibles to several hundred customers a week. But as of Oct. 1, Johnny and Susan Robinson, who own the lot along with Johnny’s two siblings, have taken over its management. The […]
“There was no stereo in the Wilson household, but the home was filled with songs: Hymns, murder ballads, songs about love, songs about work, songs about death, all played with the passion of a southern gentleman who could never quite shake the cold light of professorial logic.” So says the bio for Charlottesville, Va.-based Americana […]
It’s just after noon on the final day of 2013’s South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. The fatigue that the marathon music festival inflicts is readily evident in a grand ballroom in Austin’s labyrinthine convention center. A small crowd has gathered to watch New Orleans rapper Big Freedia (pronounced FREE-duh) perform a daytime set, but their […]
If there’s a theme to this week collection of songs, it has to be unique takes on roots music — though Philadelphia-based rockers Purling Hiss probably don’t fit in the roots category at all. Still, their re-envisioned approach to rock and pop fits with The Wood Brothers’ innovation of blues and Americana, and Judah & […]
New Orleans is rightly acclaimed as the birthplace of jazz, that most American of art forms. But the city’s rich, multiethnic heritage gave rise to an even earlier musical style. Though Mardi Gras Indian funk doesn’t enjoy jazz’s high profile, the lively and expressive form is kept alive through the music and performances of groups […]
Labor Day is behind us, but there is still plenty of fair weather ahead. In fact, it’s easy to make the argument that October’s crisp air and bright foliage make for some of the year’s best days — that’s why it’s perfect timing for New Mountain to launch its outdoor stage series.
The Larry Keel Experience kicked off New Mountain‘s outdoor stage series last weekend. In advance of that show, the band performed a song for Acoustic Asheville. Video by Jesse Hamm.
The runaway locomotive energy that The Hackensaw Boys bring to the stage makes their joy obvious. The band has played all over the US and Europe at festivals, concert halls, pubs and barns for well over a decade, but last Friday they were still grinning like school kids for Asheville fans. For the final two […]
Expansive Brooklyn-based funk band Lettuce hits the 20-year this year back and isn’t slowing down. The group (Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff and Eric Krasno on guitars, Adam Deitch on drums, Erick “Jesus” Coomes on bass, Ryan Zoidis on saxophones, Neal Evans on keys and Eric Bloom on trumpet) got its start at the Berklee College of […]
“I’d written a ton of music and had it backlogged,” says local multi-instrumentalist Lenny Pettinelli. “I”m not the only person like that in town. There are so many prolific artists.” So, what to do? Plan a collective project, tapping 50 (and still counting) fellow musicians to record a dozen albums in a multitude of genres […]