When lyrics are about or directed toward God, their delivery tends to pack a certain emotional intensity. That’s why The Fantastic Violinaires’ songs of praise are fueled by spirited rasp, intense vibratos and the occasional all-out howl. Formed in Detroit in 1952, the vocal-heavy ensemble has watched dozens of albums (and nearly as many members) come and go over the decades, even experimenting with several variations of the band’s name along the way. But a penchant for vocal harmonies and the group’s defining falsetto background singers have remained constant. The musicians typically appear in educational and religious settings, clad in matching suits, but an upcoming local show brings the singers to West Asheville bar The Double Crown Thursday, Oct. 22, at 10 p.m. $10. facebook.com/thedoublecrown. Image by Steve Mann
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