Sound Investment: Buying Into WNC’s Music Industry

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Elizabeth Bates
In this special issue, Xpress looks into the local music industry’s evolving trends: The free-festival landscape is changing, and a new generation of hybrid home-professional studio is on the rise.


  • The changing landscape of Asheville’s free music festivals

    -by Ben Williamson
    Walking the streets of downtown Asheville can be a musical experience. Most evenings bring encounters with an assortment of buskers, drummers and dancers. The city also hosts a large, if…
  • Conscious party: Live@Aloft featuring HoveyKat

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Planned for Sunday, July 26, Aloft's next donation-based rooftop concert features jazzy duo HoveyKat and benefits Asheville Humane Society.
  • Music instruction in WNC

    -by Sarah Whelan
    Want to learn or new instrument of take your playing to the next level? There are plenty of classes and instructor in the area, teaching everything from fiddle and guitar…
  • Smart bets: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

    -by Alli Marshall
    Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have, between them, played with Phil and Friends, Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris and more. They present their first duo album at…
  • Five questions with TreeHouse!

    -by Alli Marshall
    Myrtle Beach-based reggae trio TreeHouse! wears tie-dye, practices karate and could offer a master class on having a good time. The group will bring the beach weather (and soundtrack) to…
  • Smart bets: Sharkmuffin

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Although Sharkmuffin's debut full-length Chartreuse isn't officially out until Friday, August 7, the band brings its angsty, pop-punk catalogue and a sneak peek of what's to come to Tiger Mountain…
  • Pay to play: WNC’s growing music industry

    -by Alli Marshall
    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 studio is on the…
  • Evolution of the album: WNC recording professionals discuss industry trends and what’s to come

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Western North Carolina's recording professionals speak up about the climate of their industry, from the proliferation of full-fledged, home-based studios to musicians' piecemeal assembly of modern albums.
  • Smart bets: Joshua Messick with Acoustic Storm

    -by Kat McReynolds
    White Horse Black Mountain hosts the new quartet's debut on Friday, July 25, at 8 p.m.
  • Bespoke instruments made in WNC

    -by Alli Marshall
    There’s a luthier for every strumming style. From modern and edgy to rooted in tradition, local makers imbue their instruments — from fiddles and guitars to bouzoukis and bagpipes —…
  • Smart bets: Bask

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Bask is celebrating the first anniversary of debut LP American Hollow with a bespoke beer created by Burial Beer Co., and a set at the Mothlight on Friday, July 25,…




  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    This week in local moviemaking, Asheville 48 Hour Film Project winners are named, a new silent film series launches and WCU's Controlled Chaos Film Festival screens student work.