Album Review: Nick Frater — Aerodrome Motel

Nick Frater is a remarkably prolific artist; in recent months and years he seems to be cranking out new music at a furious pace. And his quality control program is well in place; he clearly holds his work to a high standard, and potential listeners are all but guaranteed that each new release will be

A Conversation with Kenny Neal

Acclaimed blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kenny Neal has just released Straight from the Heart, his first release since moving to Ruf Records. The Blues Music Award winner (2019’s Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year) recorded the album in Baton Rouge with a band that includes family members Darnell Neal on bass and vocalist

Tedeschi Trucks Band Shoots for the ‘Moon’ with Four-album Project (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… The creative wellspring from the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 12-member ensemble yielded a lot of worthy material. “That was the direction we just kind of went with,” Tedeschi says. “Whatever was a great song and really sounded strong and could carry its own was going to be part of the project.” But

Tedeschi Trucks Band Shoots for the ‘Moon’ with Four-album Project (Part 1)

In a popular music era defined by singles, shuffle play and short attention spans, rock/soul revue Tedeschi Trucks Band is pursuing an unlikely path. The powerhouse collective led by wife-and-husband due Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks has recorded a thematically-linked set of albums – four in total – and is rolling them out on a

Susan Tedeschi: To ‘The Moon’ … and Beyond

This is the first of two features focusing on Susan Tedeschi and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the group she leads with husband Derek Trucks. Taking a page from the classic early ‘70s Mad Dogs and Englishmen musical revue – and adding its own original songwriting, character and musicianship – has been a winning approach for

SF Music History: CCR at the Fillmore West, July 1971

On the Fourth of July in 1971, the Fillmore West closed for good. The celebrated San Francisco music venue ended its nearly three-year run under the management of Bay Area concert promotion impresario Bill Graham with a series of historic and locally focused shows. The original Fillmore, at the corner of Fillmore Street and Geary

A Chat With Larisa Martínez

Soprano Larisa Martínez has a stunning pedigree. A formidable presence onstage, her long list of high-profile credits includes bravura performances of La Traviata (as Violetta), West Side Story (as Maria) and years of touring alongside operatic tenor superstar Andrea Bocelli. She’s currently on tour with acclaimed violinist (and husband) Joshua Bell on a concert tour

Hope Griffin: 2.0

The last couple of years have been difficult for most everyone. As an unfortunate byproduct of measures taken to keep ourselves and others safe, the human need to communicate in person has been stifled. And as society gingerly moves toward and exit from this troubling era, the emotional debris becomes evident. Some artists have channeled

Empire Strikes Brass Celebrates 10 Years

Asheville’s own second line outfit Empire Strikes Brass celebrates their tenth anniversary In May 2012 Pauly Juhl was approach by a friend who wanted a New Orleans-style second line jazz band to play at a wedding rehearsal. A veteran of Dixieland jazz since his high school days, Juhl says that he “jumped to the opportunity.”

Ten Years of Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats

Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats celebrate ten years as a band Just over a decade ago, Andrew Scotchie was one of many buskers on the streets of downtown Asheville. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and joined by a high school classmate on harmonica, the experience was a departure. “I had just come out of