Hiss Golden Messenger: Deeply Personal Yet Inviting

The music of Hiss Golden Messenger illustrates the point that the distance is not as great as one might think between folk music and other musical forms. Formed in North Carolina in 2007, Hiss Golden Messenger has long been more of a collective – with various temporary members coming and going – more than a

Album Review: Negativland — True False

Note: According to Wikipedia (one of very few even potentially reliable sources of information about Negativland), current and founding member Mark Hosler “may currently reside in or near Asheville, North Carolina.” His LinkedIn profile suggests as much. To some, creating works of artistic value by (in part or in whole) appropriating the work of others

It’s a Nice Day for a Weird Wedding: Fleetwood’s

Fifth in a five-part series The genesis of Fleetwood’s came from a simple, practical goal. “I have a lot of friends in the music industry,” says co-owner Mary Kelley. “And I wanted to have a place for them to come and play.” She teamed up with the owners of Eldorado Antiques, the architectural salvage business

Everybody Knows Your Name: Archetype Brewing

Fourth in a five-part series In a city filled with breweries and brewpubs – more than 30 at last count – it takes some effort to stand out. Located in the “East West Asheville” area known as Beacham’s Curve, Archetype Brewing opened in 2017 with an express goal of being a neighborhood bar. The brewery

Deep Strangeness, With Boundaries: the Odditorium

Third in a five-part series Seven years ago, an online discussion on the subject of “dangerous dive bars” in Asheville elicited a number of comments. One of the posters on the reddit discussion group r/asheville wrote, “Y’all have missed the Granddaddy of them all: Cowboys Nightlife. Have and know how to use your knife.” Today

The Irresistible Attraction of Local Talent: The Magnetic Theatre

Second in a five-part series A creative nexus in Asheville’s revitalized River Arts District, the Magnetic Theatre was launched in 2009. Founded by a team that included local poet and playwright John Crutchfield, Lucia Del Vecchio, Jonathan Frappier, Chall Gray and Steven Samuels, the theatre was designed from its start to draw upon local talent.

No Cheeseburger, No Pepsi: The Burger Bar

First in a five-part series Asheville, North Carolina is undeniably a major tourist destination. The local economy is built on tourism. And while there’s endless discussion among locals as to whether more visitors are a blessing, a curse or a mix of the two, people just keep coming. They come for the culture, the fall

Album Review: Abraham Jam — White Moon

Customarily, when multiple artists each having his or her own successful career come together, it’s for one of two reasons. They might collaborate simply because it’s fun, because it gives them a chance to step outside whatever stylistic box they may be in, because they’re up for what used to be known colloquially as a

Ben Phan Follows His Creative Path

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Ben Phan has been making music for most of his life. Through formal and informal study, he has immersed himself in classical, jazz, funk, African dance music, folk and bluegrass. His debut EP featured songs he wrote on a five-month hike along the Pacific Coast Trail. Phan recently released his second

Jimmy Herring: Knocking Down Genre Boundaries

Jimmy Herring is a hero to the jam-band community. But the guitarist’s gifts extend well beyond appealing to the noodle-dancing crowd; an in-demand collaborator, he’s worked with acclaimed jazz fusion artists including Billy Cobham and John McLaughlin as well. Herring got his start in fusion; his formal studies include Berklee College of Music; he graduated