“I love performing, but it scared the sh*t out of me forever,” says singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov. “Even now, when I’ve probably played more than a thousand shows … every single time. And that feels really good.” Isakov thinks about that when he’s home (when he isn’t touring, the musician runs a small farm in […]
Canadian alt-country singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith recently performed at The Grey Eagle. In advance of that show, he played two acoustic songs for Xpress. The first, “Twin City Minnie,” is a new, as-yet-unreleased track. Videos by Jesse Hamm. “Twin City Minnie” “Thirty Years of Farming”
No need to worry about a low-energy performance from singer-songwriter Kate Voegele. The Ohio-born musician and actress (she starred on “One Tree Hill” for four seasons) is currently on a tour sponsored by LUNA bar. So, nine grams of protein: check. Gluten free: check. Amped up, pop-savvy songs: check. Voegele is on the road in […]
In case you missed the past 11 weeks, the Brown Bag Songwriting Competition — now in its eighth year — is no mere open mic. Parts show-and-tell and sonic smackdown, the weekly contest turned over the stage to up to a dozen local songwriters who played for about 10 minutes each. Based on those performances […]
Singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen grew up in a conservative (e.g. no rock music) home in Washington. Still, he self-recorded his first album at 13 and went on to release six more records both as a solo act (with his sister Abby, who plays viola, violin and cello) and with their band, The Courage (which includes brother […]
Each week the Brown Bag Songwriting Competition sets the stage for local songwriters to showcase their craft. The winner of each week’s contest walks away with a cash prize and the chance to come back on Sunday, Nov. 23 to compete in the finals. Want to be a part of the 11-week event? There are […]
Sharon Van Etten first appeared on the national music scene in 2009, with her debut album Because I Was In Love. Her debut was in a fairly conventional singer-songwriter fashion. Armed with nothing much more than an acoustic guitar, a collection of songs about a bad breakup (they were almost too difficult to listen to) […]
Leading up to LEAF festival, Mountain Xpress is talking to a number of artists from across the country and across musical genres Singer-songwriter Wyatt Espalin is the winner of this year’s NewSong competition. From a small town in Georgia, he moved to Nashville to pursue music. Espalin was a member of the band Trees Leave […]
The Brown Bag Songwriting Competition is held every Monday for 11 weeks, starting Sept. 8. New and seasoned musicians showcase original songs in front of an audience and panel of judges, and the finale sees each round’s winner back to compete (possibly in front of a celebrity judge) for prizes and bragging rights.
The local singer-songwriter-turned-full-time-touring-performer (with her husband Jason Sharp), returns for a series of shows in and around Asheville. The first one is on April 11 at The Odditorium.
Singer-songwriter Sarah Tucker will release her first album, The Windowsill Girl, with an evening of rock, jazz and old-time music on Saturday, March 23.
The Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist beings his one-man band (complete with multiple didgeridoos) back to Asheville (Saturday, Oct. 20) in support of new album, “Spirit Bird.”
Watch the video of an exclusive performance by and interview with the British singer-songwriter.
This Virginia-based singer-songwriter couple has shared stages, locally, with Red June. Learn about The Honey Dewdrops’ new release, “Silver Lining.” Photo by Jack Looney.
In advance of his Wednesday, Sept. 12 show at The Lab, Andrew Leahey talks to Xpress about working with Drive-By Truckers producer David Barbe, overcoming his choir boy vocal style, and taking inspiration from 1920s-era criminals.
Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth, performs at the Orange Peel on Tuesday, July 24. His live show is hailed as captivating, soulful, dynamic, intimate, precise, unnerving and interspersed with moments of beauty. Aka, not to be missed. (He’ll also be on the syndicated show eTown this Sunday at 6 p.m., streaming on local radio station WNCW-FM 8.7 FM.)
Erick Baker headlines The Grey Eagle with Jill Andrews (of The Everybodyfields) this Saturday, June 30. The Knoxville-based musician talks to Xpress about his forthcoming album, why such a happy guy can write such anguished songs, and why he keeps coming back to Asheville. Click through for the video.
The former Felice Brothers drummer and singer is now on tour in support of his solo project. He plays Asheville on Sunday, May 27.
The North African songwriter and guitarist has already lived through war, played in bands for half of his life, worked with Keith Richards and Angelina Jolie, and achieved fame in his homeland. He plays Grey Eagle on Thursday.
The singer-songwriter performed to a full house at Jack of the Wood last night. Click through for videos.
Want to soak in some bluegrass, take in a couple singer-songwriters or impress a date with your literary prowess? Don’t miss three upcoming performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre.