Drum-and-guitar duo The Low Counts (Matt Walsh on guitar and vocals, Austin Hicks on drums) are based in High Point, N.C., but have been breaking into the music scene in Asheville and the surrounding area. The band performed at The Black Mountain Ale House last weekend (where Xpress caught up with them) following a set […]
Songs of water is about to release a new album and a documentary about the process of making that album. Stephen Roach, Greg Willette and Luke Skaggs talked about those projects as well as the band’s spirit of experimentation and what the world music genre means to them.
Back in 2009, just before Durham-based folk-pop outfit Bombadil released Tarpits and Canyonlands, bassist Daniel Michalak was diagnosed with neural tension. The tour was canceled and the album kind of fizzled. Happily, after years of treatment, Michalak and his bandmates were able to go on the road again in 2012. This June, Ramseur Records will […]
“When I first moved out west, I did not feel much culture shock, as they say,” soulful singer-songwriter Sean Hayes said in an interview with Xpress. But at the same time, “There is a certain sincerity toward music I feel the South has that informed me and still plays a big role. By sincerity, I […]
Singer-songwriter Callaghan is originally from London and now lives in Nashville. She headlined The Altamont last Friday. In advance of that show, Callaghan talked to Xpress about her album, her impressions of the U.S., and what keeps her returning to Asheville.
The local fiddler holds a release party for “The Singularity” at Pisgah Brewing on Saturday, Feb. 15. Click through for a video interview and exclusive performance.
The S.C.-based duo recently played an album release show at Emerald Lounge. Click through for a video interview and exclusive song.
In advance of his Friday, Dec. 27, show at The Grey Eagle, Morgan Geer of Drunken Prayer talks about parenthood, lo-fi recording and New Year’s resolutions. Click through for the video interview and exclusive performance.
Last week, Charlotte/Raleigh/Philadelphia-based Balsa Gliders blew through town for an all-too-brief visit. Before the band’s energetic set at The Odditorium, they talked about keeping the creative impetus going and remaining current in the regional music scene. Click through for the video interview and exclusive performance. Photo by The Balsa Gliders on Instagram.
The David Mayfield Parade performed at The Grey Eagle last weekend. Before the show, Mayfield talked to Xpress about his new album and his connection to Asheville. Video by Jesse Hamm.
Last Friday, singer-songwriter-pianist (and recent transplant to Detroit) Vienna Teng performed a sold-out show at The Altamont Theatre. Xpress spoke to her, in advance of the concert, about her final tour before she takes a day job.
Andrew Scotchie of local band River Rats plays “Tired Soul” and talks about the evolution of his band, their recent “Barnaroo Bootleg” release (which will be available at the Friday DIG Fest show on the Asheville Music Hall stage) and Scotchie’s DIG Fest picks.
Reed Turchi just moved back to Asheville. His band, Turchi, plays a homecoming and album launch show at The Lab on Saturday, July 6. In advance, Reed talked to Xpress about kudzu, the slide guitar, and local inspiration. Click through for the video by Jesse Hamm.
Even the Animals talks songwriting, band names and creative evolution in advance of their Thursday, June 20 show at Isis. The lineup includes Ryan Sheffield & the High Hills and Waller. Click through for the video interview and exclusive performance, filmed by Jesse Hamm.
Click through for a video interview with and exclusive performance by The Felice Brothers.
Montreal-based psychedelic Hindi-rock band spoke to Xpress about their previous Asheville show with The Hellsayers, how the sitar works with MoTown music, and what it’s been like to tour their new self-titled album. Click through for the video interview and exclusive performance.
The N.C.-based singer-songwriter visited Mountain Xpress on the day his new album, Memories & Birds, released. Click through for the video interview and exclusive performance.
Local rockers Pawtooth performed an exclusive song and spoke to Xpress in advance of two upcoming shows — Tuesday, Feb. 26 at One Stop (as part of the Two for Tuesdays series) and Saturday, March 16 at the Lab, with Polly Panic.
In advance of Americana outfit Old 97’s Orange Peel show last week, frontman Rhett Miller talked with us about the group’s 20th anniversary, his solo work, and how his songwriting career has prepared him to become a fiction writer.
Town Mountain talks to Xpress (and gives us an exclusive performance) in advance of their Jan. 18 performance at Isis. That show, presented by FATE, benefits MANNA Foodbank and includes fellow bluegrass outfit Sanctum Sully. Click through for the video.
Donavon Frankenreiter talks to Xpress about being on the road, translating a two-person record to a full-band live show and discovering new opening acts. Click through for the video interview and two exclusive acoustic performances.