Che Apalache: Appalachia Meets Argentina

Joe Troop has a finely attuned ear. Seven years ago, the Winston-Salem native and former member of bluegrass group Town Mountain discovered the connections between Appalachian folk music and the musical traditions of South America. Enlisting the help of musicians from Argentina and Mexico, Troop embarked upon an exploration of those connections with a new

30 Days Out, April 2020 #1: Zoe & Cloyd, The Claudettes, Sparrow Pants, Dr. Bacon

We’re living in unprecedented times, aren’t we? No fooling. “30 Days Out” was launched nearly six years ago as a means of letting people in and around my adopted home of Asheville, North Carolina know about upcoming and notable live music performances. Well, as my local brethren might say, “ain’t none of those right now.”

One (More) Time: King Crimson’s ‘THRAK’ at 25

As guitarist and founder Robert Fripp likes to say, King Crimson is less a band and more “a way of doing things.” Throughout its long and storied history, that has meant that the lineups have often changed, and that the group has gone inactive for extended periods, only to resurface without warning. One such reappearance

Album Review: Anna Lynch — Apples in the Fall

Singer-songwriter Anna Lynch is originally from Sebastopol, California; she led bands in Alaska before settling in Western North Carolina. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2013, and now Lynch has followed up that well-received set with a new five-song EP, Apples in the Fall. Lynch’s debut from six and a half years ago displayed

Fireside Collective Brings it on Home

This is the third of three short features on Asheville-based artists releasing new albums in March 2020. Jesse Iaquinto released 2014’s Shadows and Dreams using the name Fireside Collective, but it wasn’t really a band project. “It was a solo album to kind of jump-start some of my original songs,” he says. But by 2017

Rebirth of the Firecracker Jazz Band

This is the second of three short features on Asheville-based artists releasing new albums in March 2020. As the 21st century enters its third decade, the Firecracker Jazz Band is doubling down on a music style that enjoyed its heyday a century ago. But guitarist and banjo player Jason Krekel believes he knows why 1920s-style

Checkin’ in with The Christy Lynn Band

This is the first of three short features on Asheville-based artists releasing new albums in March 2020. Working in the country idiom, Sweetheart of the Radio is the debut release from the Christy Lynn Band. Christy Lynn Barrett describes her music as “meaningfully kitschy.” She laughs when asked to explain what that means. “I like

What Was ‘Losst’ is Now ‘Founnd’: A New Harry Nilsson Album (Part 3)

Continued from Part Two … Harry Nilsson always had definite ideas about how his songs should sound. Even a listen to the piano-and-vocal demo recording of “Without You” from 1971 shows that from the start, he knew where he wanted to take the song’s arrangement. And for the posthumous Losst and Founnd project, efforts were

What Was ‘Losst’ is Now ‘Founnd’: A New Harry Nilsson Album (Part 2)

Continued from Part One … Though a number of posthumous releases followed Nilsson’s death (including several CDs’ worth of previously unreleased session material), Harry’s final project remained unfinished and largely unheard. Nearly a quarter century would pass before Hudson – with the support and cooperation of Nilsson’s estate, Hudson and Grammy-winning label Omnivore Recordings –

What Was ‘Losst’ is Now ‘Founnd’: A New Harry Nilsson Album (Part 1)

Featuring an idiosyncratically spelled title that evokes memories of his 1977 LP Knnillssonn, singer and songwriter Harry Nilsson has returned with Losst and Founnd, his first album of new music in 40 years. That’s an amazing feat for a man who passed away in 1994, but it’s in keeping with his unpredictable nature. Harry Nilsson