Steep Canyon Rangers: Pushing and Pulling Bluegrass Boundaries

Ask most people who follow Americana and related styles of music what it is that Steep Canyon Rangers plays, and the most common answer you’ll hear is bluegrass. But ask a member of the popular, award-winning and long-running band based in Western North Carolina the same question, and the answer isn’t quite so simple. “I

Steep Canyon Rangers: Serving the Songs

As the 20th century approached its end, a group of college students began getting together informally to play bluegrass. None of them could have imagined that they’d still be together in 2018, performing concerts backed by members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. In support of their 13th and latest album, Out in the Open, the

A Holiday Treat for Musoscribe Readers

‘Tis the season for … a bonus weekend post. I almost never post features or reviews on a Saturday, but these two titles warrant the exception. Plus, if I wait until I have an open weekday, you won’t read about this until late February 2017. Some people simply detest holiday music. I grew up in

Album Review: Sonny Sharrock — Ask the Ages

Outside the relatively small population that appreciates jazz, Sonny Sharrock is little-known. And that’s quite a shame, because the guitarist (who died in 1994) had a lot to offer musically, even to those whose tastes don’t extend far beyond the confines of rock’n’roll. The first widely-heard example of Sharrock’s boundary-pushing style was in perhaps the

Interview: Aaron “Woody” Wood

Though it’s in many ways an informal affair, Warren Haynes Presents Christmas Jam has been growing in a deliberate fashion. Thanks both to concertgoer demand and the long line of musicians wishing to be involved in this fundraiser event, the festival – now in its 26th year – expanded to two nights a few years

Bonus Weekend Feature: 101 Runners

I’m getting married today! And I’m so happy about it that I have a gift for my readers: an extra, weekend piece. This is an edited version of a feature that ran a couple of weeks ago in Asheville NC’s local altweekly, Mountain Xpress. — bk New Orleans is rightly acclaimed as the birthplace of

Album Review: E.Normus Trio – Love and Barbiturates

This music reviewing gig of mine is funny, sometimes. Not long ago I received via email a press release from a New York-based music publicist. The message covered a number of recent releases, most of which fell into a jazz and/or avant-garde category. I read through and was especially intrigued by one of the artists

Monstrance: Don’t Call it a Jam

After a hearty hello via transatlantic telephone, Andy Partridge asks me, “so, now, are you tape recording this?” I tell him I am, asking if it’s okay. “No, I absolutely prefer it!” He explains, giving an example. “You get about twelve sentences in, and then you pause. And the interviewer taps about five or six