“We try to incorporate one or two covers into any set,” Mike “McDuck” Olson says. “Because covers tend to be the way that our fans gained entry into our music.”
The past year has brought forth a bumper crop of superb albums in every genre from artists local (or with strong connections) to Asheville and the surrounding region.
The final live music roundup of 2018 features four local acts playing in Asheville.
By definition, Song Dogs doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre classification. There’s a kind of good natured-yet-world-weary vibe to these songs, one that calls to mind the literate-yet-accessible work of John Hiatt.
The computerized origin of Carroll’s music is offset to a large degree by the organic feel of the songs on Flight Patterns. “I feel connected to Western North Carolina as a region and environment,” he says.
This is a time when locally based artists — many of whom tour the region and beyond — come home for the holidays. And while they’re around town, they might even schedule a performance.
To commemorate the jam’s 30th anniversary, this year’s festival will be spread across two nights at the U.S. Cellular Center. “This will only be the third time we’ve done that,” says Warren Haynes.
Some might be tempted to label the group a jam band, but the tunes — lengthy as they often are — do adhere to a tight construction aesthetic that belies that label.
Isis Music Hall will be the setting for the Asheville circle, featuring Amanda Anne Platt, Tyler Ramsey, Shannon Whitworth and several others including Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen.
Steven Wilson, Malcolm Holcombe, Goldie and The House Hoppers are included in this round up.
Enlisting talent from the ranks of his own family, SIYAH delivers an impressive 14 minutes of conscious hip-hop.
“We start 2019 at home, and then we’re going to Europe for a 40-date run in nine different countries,” Kyle Travers says. “We’re touring as a headliner; they’ve got a Mercedes Sprinter waiting on us with all of our gear and a tour manager that can translate all the languages.”
An evening of hip-hop, straight-ahead rock with a songwriter’s skill, live music soundtrack to a horror film and locally-sourced soul jazz: Those are among the highlights of local concerts over the next 30 days.
Listeners whose musical appetites are strictly limited to a diet of Americana may find Navigate the Madness too eclectic and adventurous; those with even a slightly open mind will likely embrace the album and hope for more along the same lines from Underhill in the future.
The first Descent drew a crowd — regulars and newcomers alike — packing The Black Cloud. “My regulars are into heavy metal, but there’s some overlap between the metal and electronic communities,” says bartender Laura Beach.
Girlpool plays The Grey Eagle Sunday, Nov. 4.
An outspoken alt-country legend, local rock heroes paying tribute to the progenitors of heavy metal, intriguing not-quite-hip-hop and confessional indie rock: those are among the prime music options available to Asheville concertgoers in the next 30 days.
In the end it’s best to forget about summing up Daydream Creatures’ music into a few words. The music and the harmonies will tell us everything we need to know.
Held monthly at The Mothlight, The Moth StorySLAMs in Asheville were an immediate sensation.
Discover Americana, hip-hop and an epic battle of sorts between tributes to two of the greatest bands of the rock era.
At first listen, Jawbone might seem less political, but dive more deeply and you’ll discover that George Terry McDonald remains a reliable composer of songs that are, so to speak, “about stuff.”