Ryan RnB Barber: Can’t Hold Him Down

Ryan RnB Barber is one of the busiest musicians in Western North Carolina. He does it all: singing, rapping, songwriting, producing and arranging. And he stays busy with several bands (including BoogiTherapi and Orange Krush), participation in open mic/jam nights, and as a member of Grammy award winning kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s band.

David Wilcox: Local Hero

David Wilcox didn’t start his life in Western North Carolina, but once the singer-songwriter discovered the region, he knew he had found his home. Thirty-seven years and twenty-plus albums later, Asheville remains Wilcox’s home, and living here informs his music in myriad ways. In celebration of the release of The View from the Edge, his

Concert Review: Yep Roc 15, Night #2

In some ways, Night #2 of Yep Roc 15 might have been dubbed Night of the Loop. While several of the artists would fall into the singer/songwriter classification, there was extensive (and inventive) use of looping pedals. Perhaps the most well-known early example of the approach is KT Tunstall‘s “White Horse and Cherry Tree” performance

Talking “About Stuff” with Harry Shearer, Part 2

Continued from Part One Bill Kopp: You’ve always had a unique gift – and clear affinity – for musical pastiche. For instance, “Celebrity Booze Endorser” is written by you but would fit perfectly on a Fountains of Wayne album. It seems like you wrote it in their style. Harry Shearer: Yes, I did. I told

Sunday Bonus

You may know that Collectors’ Choice Music — the label, not the mail order catalog service — went out of business a couple of years ago. Not long before that, CCM worked a deal with ABKCO, an arrangement that saw many of the long-unavailable titles on the old Cameo-Parkway label again become available. Well, when

The Real Gone Interview, Part 2: Gordon Anderson

Continued from Part One… Sometimes, even when everything else lines up in a reissue’s favor, potential costs (licensing, etc.) put the project out of reach. “That does occur,” admits Real Gone Music’s Gordon Anderson, “but less than it used to. Because the labels are adjusting their expectations to the conditions of the marketplace.” But he

Album Reviews: ? and the Mysterians – Action / 96 Tears

 In 2010 Collectors’ Choice Music began an interesting and historically relevant series of reissues and repackages. Through a licensing agreement with a company called ABKCO, CCM gained access to the masters of music from the Cameo and Parkway labels. In the 1960s, Philadelphia-based Cameo-Parkway Records released albums and single by a number of notable artists,

Album Review: The Dovells – For Your Hully Gully Party / You Can’t Sit Down

If The Dovells are remembered at all, it’s primarily for the 1961 hit “Bristol Stomp.” That song, written by a pair of executive staffers at Cameo-Parkway, was a chart-topper for the group. The Dovells were essential an a cappella group supported by studio musician backing. In the wake of the song’s success, more material in

Album Review: Zacherle – Monster Mash/Scary Tales

Okay, this is nutty stuff. John Zacherle (or Zacherley; nobody seems to know for sure) was a popular fixture in the late 1950s and early 60s. His shtick was pretty straightforward: dressed like a vampire or somesuch, he hosted horror films on television. Years before Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Zacherle would insert himself into the

Bootleg Bin: Pinnwheel – Pinnwheel

This endearing collection is of interest primarily to Fountains of Wayne fans, but in a perfect world that would include damn near everybody. Recorded (as best as anyone can determine) in the late 1980s to early 1990s, this set of thirteen songs captures the duo of Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger in their first, abortive