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Once upon a time, Fisher Meehan was Asheville’s great hope: a barefoot, scraggly-faced rocker with a gravelly voice on the verge of nationalizing a local community of musicians centered around the tiny basement dive off Lexington Avenue known as Vincent’s Ear. Holiday homecoming: Fisher Meehan returns to Asheville to perform at the Twin 22 Christmas […]

Holiday homecoming

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and celebration. And that’s exactly what Acoustic Syndicate’s annual homecoming show is all about. As much for the fans as for the band, the yearly performance is a chance to catch the group—known for mixing bluegrass, Americana, jam and country—in their element, with an extended set, eclectic guests […]

The Long and Winding Road

Releasing 17 studio albums in as many years doesn’t leave much time for looking back. Add a slew of national tours, multiple live albums, an extensive collection of poems and paintings and the daunting task of running your own record label and it’s a wonder Ani DiFranco has had time to breathe. Revelling/Reckoning: Taking a […]

Back to basics

If you want things done right, sometimes it’s easier to do them yourself. For David Bazan, that meant dropping the Pedro the Lion moniker—under which he and a rotating cast of players had made music for more than a decade—and becoming a virtual one-man band: writing, recording and playing every instrument on his 10-song EP, […]

Fun for the whole familia

Ten years ago, the Asheville Art Museum sponsored an exhibit by a group of fiber artists from Latin America. In an effort to broaden the scope of the exhibit, the museum, along with the Asheville branch of Catholic Social Services, decided to expand the events around the visit to include a more in-depth look at […]

Back in the spotlight

It’s not like Cary Fridley has been keeping a low profile for the past several years. From her time as the rhythm guitarist for The Freight Hoppers, a now-defunct outfit that made waves in the old-time music scene in the late 1990s, to her more recent work with groups like The Lowdown Travelers and One […]