Album Review: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters — Christmas on a Greyhound Bus

When an artist releases an album (or EP) of holiday music, it need not be designed to fulfill an obligation to a label. It also needn’t be a placeholder while a creatively spent artist treads water, waiting for the muse to return. And it doesn’t have to be a schmaltzy, pandering and overly sentimental collection

Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters: Get What You Need

Amanda Anne Platt launched her recording career with 2009’s Irene. A decade later – after countless live shows and three more albums of original material – she’s ready to revisit some of the songs on her debut release. “I wanted [Live at the Grey Eagle] to be kind of a career survey,” she says. “I

Five Questions (and Answers) with Amanda Anne Platt

Led by singer/songwriter Amanda Anne Platt, WNC-based Americana/country band the Honeycutters are a popular draw on the concert and festival circuit. Last year upon returned from a string of live dates in England, the band released its fifth album, Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters. That release marked the first time Platt’s name was featured

Album Review: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters

Though the lineup of the Honeycutters has been rather constant for years now, few would contest the idea that the band is a vehicle for Amanda Anne Platt’s songwriting and vocals. With that in mind, the fifth full-length from the Asheville-based outfit is titled (and credited to) Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters. Top billing

30 Days Out: January 2020 #1: Interstellar Echoes, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, 3rd Annual Women in Music Series, Beach Fossils

For five and half years, I wrote a twice-monthly column for Asheville, N.C.’s superb altweekly Mountain Xpress. That column, “30 Days Out,” previewed upcoming live shows of note, focusing on both local/regional and nationally/internationally touring artists, across a (if I do say so myself) wide cross-section of musical styles. The column ended after more than

Album Review: Taylor Martin — Song Dogs

Song Dogs is a collection of eleven songs – 8 originals plus 3 well-chosen and relatively obscure covers – sung and played by Asheville-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Taylor Martin. By definition, Song Dogs doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre classification. There’s a kind of good-natured yet world-weary vibe to these songs, one that calls to mind

Oxford American Celebrates N.C. Music

North Carolina has a rich musical history and a thriving current-day music scene. Both are being recognized in the Winter 2018 issue of Oxford American. The esteemed literary and arts magazine devotes the entirety the issue to the state’s music and poetry. And in conjunction with the issue, Oxford American hosted a series of events

Album Review: The Zealots — Jawbone

George Terry McDonald is one busy guy. In 2018 – alongside his other creative endeavors as a visual artist – he is releasing not one but two albums of original music. One is Plow, credited to his country/Americana persona, George Trouble; the other is a decidedly more rock-oriented collection, Jawbone, by his band the Zealots.

Album Review: Hannah Kaminer — Heavy Magnolias

Hannah Kaminer’s career as a performing musical artist only began in 2014 when she took part in the Brown Bag Songwriting competition. The Asheville singer-guitarist earned a near-immediate return on her investment, winning both first place and crowd favorite honors. Her 2015 album Acre by Acre was produced by Julian Dreyer at Echo Mountain Studio,

Asheville’s Holiday Hang 2017

Calling an event “Holiday Hang” suggests a loose, informal and fun way to spend a December evening. That’s accurate, but organizers of the annual event – now in its sixth year – have set their sights much higher. True, an evening of bluegrass and country featuring a double-bill of Asheville’s Town Mountain and Amanda Anne