alt-country Archive

EP Review: Merciful Heavens – For Now

I’ve been reviewing albums for, oh, close to 20 years now. I’m on many music publicists’ mailing and e-mail lists, and I’m grateful for that. Occasionally, though, I receive unsolicited […]

30 Days Out, June 2022 #1: Seth Walker, Cosmic Collective, Jayhawks, Music of Cream

Live music option are once again plentiful in Western North Carolina. Over the next 30 days, there are myriad choices. Here’s a look at four of the most notable live […]

30 Days Out, May 2022 #2: Albert Cummings, Jason Isbell, Gov’t Mule, Destroy Boys

In the next 30 days, there’s all manner of live music to be experienced in Asheville. This roundup focuses a bit more on c&w, but there’s something for every taste […]

Album Review: Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters — The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

By now, gentle reader, you’re likely tiring of reading stories of the making of new albums that spend a lot of time focusing on just how much the pandemic affected […]

30 Days Out, February 2022 #2: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Jill Sobule, Pimps of Pompe, Bob Mould

I endeavor to shine a light on local artists in “30 Days Out.” This time I only cover one of those, because the touring acts coming to town are so […]

Bonus Q&A: The Supersuckers’ Eddie Spaghetti

Supersuckers bassist/front man Eddie Spaghetti is a great interview. I recently wrote a Supersuckers feature for Metro Silicon Valley, and an extended version of that piece is online here. But […]

Supersuckers: Still Playing That Killer Rock ‘n’ Roll

Irreverent trio the Supersuckers have made a career out of not being serious. How else to explain a body of work that includes songs like “Pretty Fucked Up,” “Born With […]

30 Days Out, February 2022 #1: Honeycutters, Laura Blackley, Pet Metheny, Parquet Courts

Live shows! No, really! Artist: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters Venue: The Grey Eagle Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 9 p.m. Door: $22 The best (and highest profile) alt-country band […]

Seth and Sara’s Van Life

Seth and Sara Brand didn’t start out as a musical duo. Before they got together, both lived lives far more conventional than the path upon which they’ve since embarked. But […]

30 Days Out, October 2021 #2: Scott Miller, JackTown Ramblers, Land of the Sky Symphonic Band, GWAR

The eclectic nature that was a defining characteristic of Asheville’s live music scene is returning in these safer-than-recent-months times. Over the next 30 day, you have opportunities to enjoy music […]