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Album Review: Linda Gail Lewis – Early Sides 1963-1973

Rock and roll history is scattered with sibling also-rans. Some are quite good: Mike McGear (Paul McCartney’s brother) made an excellent album with Roger McGough and another very good one of his own. Others are less spectacular, or – fairly or not – never caught the attention of the listening public. Linda Gail Lewis certainly

Take Five: Steve Hillage

Let’s Take Five with Steve Hillage… Guitarist Steve Hillage celebrated his 71st birthday recently (August 2). The acclaimed musician was a notable player in the Canterbury, England rock scene of the 1960s, a member of European psychedelic/jam band Gong, and a key influence on modern-day trance, electronica and other boundary-pushing genres. Here are five classic

EB Davis: Ambassador of the Blues (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two… For many years as he was becoming a noted force in Berlin’s blues scene, Davis continued his duties as a member of the U.S. Army. Asked to elaborate on his responsibilities, he initially demurs. “I think the documentary can explain it better than I could,” he says. The documentary to which

EB Davis: Ambassador of the Blues (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One… Those Memphis days provided all manner of inspiration for Davis as a young man. And sometimes he learned by watching and decided what he didn’t want to do. “One of my most vivid memories is seeing B.B. King,” he says. “He used to like to wear short pants.” Davis recalls seeing

EB Davis: Ambassador of the Blues (Part 1 of 3)

EB Davis is not the typical blues singer. Yes, he was born in the Mississippi River Delta, and yes, he paid his dues singing in clubs from Memphis to New York City. But he eventually made his mark far from home, in Germany. His story – one that features some clandestine work for the U.S.

Acoustic Syndicate’s Natural Crossover

Since forming in 1992, North Carolina quartet Acoustic Syndicate has cultivated and developed a musical style that draws from a wide array of genres and styles; the band has never allowed itself to be hemmed in by preconceived notions about what is or is not bluegrass. Or Americana. Or rock, or any number of other

30 Days Out, October 2022 #1: Sweet Lizzy Project, Brushfire Stankgrass, Marley Carroll, Mac Sabbath

The next 30 days of live music in Asheville are all over the map. And we like it that way. Here are four highlights of the coming 30 days (okay, 31 this time). Artist: Sweet Lizzy Project Venue: Asheville Music Hall Date: Thursday, October 20, 8:30 p.m. Door: $17 When I reviewed this Cuban group’s

Five Classic Tracks Featuring Bassist Jim Rodford

Let’s Take Five in honor of Jim Rodford… Jim Rodford would have turned 81 in July; sadly, he passed away in January 2018 after a fall down the stairs of his home days after concluding a U.S tour with The Zombies. Rodford had a long association with the group; he helped cousin Rod Argent put

Music to Your Ears: John Lennon’s ‘Rock and Roll’

In 1972 John Lennon teamed up with notorious producer Phil Spector to record a collection of rock’n’roll oldies. Those sessions took place in L.A. during a period the ex-Beatle would describe as his “lost weekend,” a time of drunk and drugged carousing and general misbehavior. Making matters worse, when the sessions were completed, the mercurial

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band: Two Decades of Deep-groove Funkiness

Twenty years is a long time, especially in the life of a band. But despite lineup changes, relocation and countless road mishaps, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band is as strong as ever. The Asheville-based rock/funk ensemble celebrated its anniversary with a special show, Sep. 16 at Asheville, N.C.’s Salvage Station. The Booty Band got