Roots musician Woody Pines used to live in Asheville. If you don’t recognize the titles of his ragtime-meets-country-meets-jazz albums (Counting Alligators, You Gotta Roll and Rabbit’s Motel), you’d probably recognize Pines and his group from their countless performances on Asheville’s streets and stages. But not too long ago, the musician packed up and moved to […]
Video: Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price and Jeremy Styles discuss Pearl and the Beard’s new ablum, side projects, and how their approach to touring has evolved.
North Florida-based guitarist Daryl Hance (formerly of JJ Grey & Mofro) has a sound oft-compared to the watery lowlands of his home state. “Daryl Hance’s music is appropriately swampy. The sweltering jams are thick with humidity,” said Free Times in Columbia, SC. Hance recently teamed up with Asheville band Turchi for the Kudzu Swamp Spectacular, […]
On tour for his latest album, Pitiful Blues, Malcolm Holcombe played a show at The Grey Eagle last month. He was joined by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jared Tyler, from Tulsa, Oklahoma. In advance of the show, the musicians talked about songwriting and touring, and Holcombe shared a few of his pearls of wisdom: “Hang around […]
Local roots/rock/funk trio The Get Right Band release its full length album, Bass Treble Angel Devil at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, Sept 12. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and cover is $7. Learn more about the band and album here, and check out a preview, below, filmed at Parker J. Pfister Studio.
Longtime Nashville resident (by way of Athens, Ga.) D. Striker mixes a serious love of country music with a knack for satire. He publishes RR, a zine that “tackles Nashville’s past and present while throwing up a salute to revelry and crazy people,” every Friday the 13th. And his new album, Come Over Here, deals […]
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.