Xpress just picked up this month’s issue of Paste Magazine and what to our wondering eyes (and ears) should appear but no less than three Asheville-related music acts.
Included in this month’s CD sampler (available with the print-edition of the magazine) are indie-rockers Stephanie’s Id (track #6, “Unmistakeably Love” from album Grus americanus) and bluegrass outfit Steep Canyon Rangers (track #19, “Desperate and Blue” from album Lovin’ Pretty Women. These hometown hits hold their own among offerings from Ani DiFranco, John Scofield and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss and more.
Also worth noting, Band of Horses (really from Charleston, but they temporarily get local status since Asheville’s own Bill Reynolds and Tyler Ramsey are on tour with the rock group) garnered a cover mention.
Check out these local-turned national acts: Stephanie’s Id plays a Halloween show at the Wedge Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and again at the Grey Eagle on Saturday, Nov. 10; Steep Canyon Rangers are at the Orange Peel on Friday, Nov. 2.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter