30 Days Out, September 2022 #2: Cheeksters, The Explorers Club, GA-20, Stereolab

I’ve interviewed three of the four acts spotlighted in this roundup of live music. But I’d recommend them all regardless. Artist: The Cheeksters Venue: The Grey Eagle Date: Saturday, Sep. […]

The Cheeksters: Golden Birds Take Flight

Mark Casson and Shannon Hines Casson – the husband-and-wife musical team leading The Cheeksters — clearly aren’t originally from around here. Mark’s British accent and Shannon’s Memphis lilt make it […]

Feature: The Cheeksters

Some years ago, recent college graduate Shannon Hines was traveling Europe on a EurailPass. She recounts what happened not long after the train left London: “I said to my girlfriend, […]

Congrats to the Cheeksters!

My good friends (and, as it happens, a wonderful band) The Cheeksters have one of their songs featured on some new NFL Network spots. A big break, and one that’s […]

Preview: Music to Your Ears — Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie was already some eight-plus into his career as a musician and recording artist when he created the landmark album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the […]

Music to Your Ears: August 7 – EXCITABLE BOY by Warren Zevon

Special co-host Amanda Anne Platt Details coming soon! Join us for live music and lively discussion as we explore another influential artist and/or album. Music to Your Ears takes place […]

Thank You, Man: Asheville’s Crop of Tribute Bands (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Peak Hour Though the group had had hits before – most notably the 1964 single “Go Now” – the Moody Blues’ most enduring material is found […]

Hometown Writing

Asheville, NC is my adopted hometown. After more than a quarter-century in a smog-filled, traffic-jammed metropolis, I escaped to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2000. I’m never leaving. And while […]

Watch Those Men: Wham Bam Bowie Band

David Bowie cast off his Ziggy Stardust persona decades ago, but a fondness for the look and sound of his 1970s music remains strong among rock fans. Asheville-based touring tribute […]

All the Interviews (A-Z)

If, like some of my readers, you’re primarily interested in reading my interviews, features and conversations, then you may find the list below useful. It’s a complete (updated when I […]