country Archive

The Marshall Tucker Band: Together Forever

Combining rock, country and even a bit of jazz, the Marshall Tucker Band earned major success in the 1970s. The group from Spartanburg, South Carolina would score six Gold albums, […]

Jim Messina: Master of Stage and Studio

It’s the rare individual whose work encompasses multiple and clearly-defined sectors of the music business: very few people can claim deep experience as recording engineer, producer, musician, recording artist, singer-songwriter […]

Album Review: Real People, Great Radio Vol. 2

Indie by definition and indie in spirit, Real People, Great Radio Vol. 2 is a compilation featuring Asheville musical artists. Curated, sponsored and put together by community radio station AshevilleFM […]

Album Review: Two Faces West – Postcards From Lonely Places

As a direct result of the manner in which it was made, Two Faces West’s debut album is – in the words of the group – “a stylistic mess.” The […]

A Quick Chat with Saddletramp’s Blake Ellege

Blake Ellege may well be the busiest and hardest-working musician in Western North Carolina. And if he’s not, he’s working on it. Every ear during the holiday season, he magically […]

Album Review: Graham Parker and the Goldtops — Last Chance to Learn the Twist

Across his nearly 50 years as a recording history, Graham Parker has had it both ways: he’s made fiery, passionate, rocking music, and he’s delivered subtle, stripped-down solo/acoustic work. But […]

30 Days Out, August 2023 #1: Circles Around the Sun, Hearts Gone South, Matisyahu, BJ & BJ

Two local-based legends, one other excellent WNC-based artist, and two very popular touring acts: Those are just some of the highlights of live music in and around Asheville in the […]

Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Places

Country-rock singer/songwriter Ashley McBryde was born in 1983 in Arkansas and raised near Saddle and Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. With a population of less than 1000 persons, Mammoth Spring is nearly […]

30 Days Out, Dec. 2022 #1: Blanke, Bill Kirchen, Neighbor, Toubab Krewe

There’s something for nearly all tastes in this roundup of live music in and around Asheville over the next 30 days. Get out there and support live music of both […]

A ‘Songversation’ with Rissi Palmer

It’s a misrepresentation of history to consider country music the domain of white people. Many persons of color have helped to shape the American musical form, and their contributions have […]