“We wanted to create a networking place for local musicians. A place for them to meet other musicians to play and jam and get together.”
Musician’s Worshop (originally Moritz Music) has been in business for nearly 50 years, while the new-on-the scene Bailey Acoustic Shop offers hand-built guitars and custom designs. Those are just two of Western North Carolina’s many guitar-oriented enterprises.
“We all play,” says Paul Heumiller. “We’re not just workers who glue wood together. We know what [the guitars] are supposed to do, soundwise.”
The struggle embodied by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain — and caused by the opposing forces of creating for progress versus profits, genuineness versus marketing genius, art versus money — plays the main stage in Caress’ debut book The Day Alternative Music Died.
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 ever-changing, calendar of free music events and festivals scattered throughout the year. Some have been around for decades, while others are preparing to launch.
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 to bassoon and bagpipes.
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 rise.
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.
While the local music scene might be hard to typify, it’s easy to point to: Musicians, venues, festivals and street performers compose the visible face of a vibrant arts culture. The local music industry, however, is more difficult to quantify. There are some well-known recording studios and instrument manufacturers and the occasional high-profile guitar sale, […]
Recording studios tend to focus on a single thing: crafting great albums. Echo Mountain does that well, with Grammy-winning projects by the likes of the Steep Canyon Rangers and the Zac Brown Band to its credit. But the downtown Asheville studio, opened by Steve Wilmans in 2006, does a lot more than just make records. […]
Asheville may never be able to swipe the “Music City” moniker from a certain similarly named titan of sound in Tennessee, but several new initiatives aim to boost this area’s image as a serious music destination. The Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, building on its success in helping nurture the city’s growing national reputation as […]
Every musician’s worst nightmare is to lose a favorite instrument, and it happens all the time. Thieves can and will nick anything from a lone guitar to an entire trailer full of instruments, and recovery is often a long and difficult process. But there’s hope: GearTrack, a website with roots in the Asheville area, aims […]
Moog Music leads all local instrument builders in name recognition, and for good reason. With a legacy that dates back to Robert Moog’s first theremins in 1954 and first modular synthesizer in 1963, the company has remained at the forefront of the electronic music scene, thanks to steady innovation and popular events such as Moogfest. […]
by Jordan Lawrence With a newly renovated arena complex in the U.S. Cellular Center and a number of theaters and rock clubs strewn throughout the city, Asheville books what would be an impressive array of musical entertainment for a town five times its size. We checked in with three of the city’s successful venues — […]
Time was, musicians had to rely on outfits in places like Nashville or New York to mix and master their albums. These days, though, Asheville and environs boast a broad array of facilities equipped to handle songs, videos and related projects from start to finish. Even many out-of-state artists, companies and larger TV networks have […]