Pay to play: WNC’s growing music industry

Vintage gear at Echo Mountain Studios. Photo by Pat Barcas

In this special issue, Xpress looks into the local music industry and an evolving trend: As full-service recording studios downsize, a new generation of hybrid home-professional studios is on the rise. Is this halfway point between large scale brick-and-mortar businesses and their smaller, lower-fidelity home-studio counterparts the new norm for recorded music? A number of local engineers, producers and studio personnel weigh in.

Meanwhile, the landscape of free music festivals in the area is changing, though what the future holds is yet to be decided. Our story looks at some successes and a few festivals lost along the way.

Finally, want learn to play an instrument or have a special one made for you? WNC offers a wealth of music lessons for adults and children (bagpipes, anyone?) as well as skilled luthiers handcrafting everything from banjos and bouzoukis to fiddles and flutes.


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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