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Chuck Lichtenberger’s Real Feel

The last few years have seen a lot of changes for Asheville, N.C.-based songwriter and keyboardist Chuck Lichtenberger. His marriage and band ended, and he faced some serious mental health issues; all of this played out in a very public manner. This is What Happens When…, his latest solo album, addresses – in unyielding and

The 11th Annual Music Video Asheville: Creativity and Connections

The annual Music Video Asheville competition has grown from humble beginnings 11 years ago to its current status as a high-profile event attracting top-flight talent. But even as the competition earns more recognition for the filmmakers and musical artists who take part, organizers make a point of keeping that which makes it special: developing connections

Ozomatli: Building Bridges to Younger Fans

Genre-blurring band Ozomatli has long been recognized for its socially and politically conscious music. Combining rock, Latin music and hip-hop with positive messages, the Los Angeles-based collective has earned both commercial success and critical plaudits. And an important part of the group’s work continues to be its outreach to young listeners. In many cities on

Alejandro Escovedo is Still Burning Brightly

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Alejandro Escovedo released his 14th album, Burn Something Beautful, in late 2016. Reaction to the album—in many ways a return to the rocking end of Escovedo’s musical spectrum—has been so positive that he’s still on the road in support of it. The album distills his interests and influences into a cohesive

Jean-Michel Jarre on Making the Most of Music Technology

Jean-Michel Jarre built his music reputation on the strength of a series of groundbreaking 1970s albums. His second release, 1977’s Oxygène pioneered the use of analog synthesizers in a melodic context, and is widely viewed as an enduring influence upon today’s electronica artists. But Jarre remains busy with music today, and his approach isn’t stuck

Michael Schenker Takes it to the Next Level

Michael Schenker is quite likely the most famous and acclaimed German-born guitarist in the history of rock. Picking up the guitar early, by his teens Schenker joined older brother Rudolf in Scorpions, playing on that band’s debut album. His long and winding career subsequently found him handling lead guitar duties for UFO, and then as

Michael Schenker Fest: Four Singers, Full Potential

Guitarist Michael Schenker rose to fame in the 1970s as the lead guitarist in his older brother’s band, Scorpions. German-born Schenker soon set off on a path of his own, making a string of popular hard rock albums with UFO, and later with his own Michael Schenker Group. His bands would be characterized as much

Album Review: Kate Fenner — Middle Voice

As “Two Minds” opens Middle Voice, one might think that Kate Fenner is merely another in a waif-viced singer-songwriters. But give the song a moment to unfold, and both it and its singer/composer reveal greater depth. There’s a windswept Americana feel to the music, with a mood and sensibility that evokes pleasant memories of Bob

Liza Anne’s Turn for the Rockier (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… When you finish a recording session, do you feel like you’re able to say that it’s done, or are you the sort of person who wants to go back and tinker with it? “It’s definitely a process. It’s different every time. Zach Dyke produces my stuff, and when we finished the

Liza Anne’s Turn for the Rockier (Part One)

Liza Anne is the stage name of St. Simons Island-born Elizabeth Anne Odachowski. Nominally a folk musician, on her debut album — 2014’s The Colder Months — she crafted a gentle, heartfelt sound with soothing vocal harmonies and alluring melodies. On her 2015 album Two, the acoustic Americana flavor of her songs was layered with