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Album Reviews: Three from Little Richard

Quite recently, Omnivore Recordings reissued a pair of long out-of-print Little Richard albums, The Rill Thing and King of Rock and Roll. The first was an impressive updating of Little Richard’s style into soul, and the second was an only-sometimes-successful attempt at making a thematically cohesive album. But there exist more albums from that era

30 Days Out, November 2020 #2: Samara Jade, G. Love, Amanda Anne Platt, The Krüger Brothers

We’re back to actual live shows, with restrictions. Livestream fatigue set in rather quickly, didn’t it? Turns out humans need to be together. But hey: we’ve gotta do it safely until a vaccine is ready. With that in mind, here are some highly worthwhile shows coming to Asheville in the next 30 days. Two locally-based

30 Day Out, November 2020 #1: JJ Grey & Mofro, Russ Wilson, Empire Strikes Brass, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Is it November already? How did that happen? Things aren’t much better with regard to the pandemic, but we’re all continuing to find our way forward with regard to things like live music. The four artists covered below – two local to Asheville, two actually on tour – have found ways to bring live music

He Wrote That Song, Too: A Conversation with Steve Dorff (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Writing for film and television has very strict rules of its own, having to do with song length and a lot of other things. Is composing within those kind of constraints more difficult, or is it a case of, “Hey, I enjoy the challenge,” kind of like doing a

He Wrote That Song, Too: A Conversation with Steve Dorff (Part One)

Even if you follow popular music very closely, you may not be familiar with Steve Dorff. But it’s almost certain that you’ve heard his music. That idea – that his relative anonymity stands in contrast to the high profile of his work – spawned his 2017 memoir, I Wrote That One, Too: A Life in

30 Days Out, August 2020 #1: Robin Bullock, Cliff Eberhardt, Eleanor Underhill, Christy Lynn

Two steps forward, one (and sometimes two) back. The United States’ continued failure to contain the spread of COVID-19 is having more and more lasting effects. Beyond death and permanent health effects, countless businesses have shuttered. Here’s hoping most of those closures are temporary. Here in Asheville we’ve already lost one beloved music venue. The

30 Days Out, July 2020 #1: Blake Ellege Band, Rocky MTN Roller, Life Like Water, Mr. Jimmy

Once again it’s time for a look at live music events in and around Asheville in the coming 30 days. And for the first time since early March (and those mostly ended up canceled) there are some actual live-and-in-person performances to spotlight. That said, caveats apply. (1) Will these shows actually happen? Who knows!? Best

30 Days Out, June 2020 #2: Hearts Gone South, Angel Olsen, Natural Born Leaders, The Get Right Band

If you’re at all like me, you may have noticed this phenomenon: when you take on a new task, you stumble as you learn your way through it. And by the time you finally figure out the most efficient and effective way to do it, you’re nearly done. Perhaps that’s the case with musicians and

Checkin’ in with The Christy Lynn Band

This is the first of three short features on Asheville-based artists releasing new albums in March 2020. Working in the country idiom, Sweetheart of the Radio is the debut release from the Christy Lynn Band. Christy Lynn Barrett describes her music as “meaningfully kitschy.” She laughs when asked to explain what that means. “I like

Album Review: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters — Christmas on a Greyhound Bus

When an artist releases an album (or EP) of holiday music, it need not be designed to fulfill an obligation to a label. It also needn’t be a placeholder while a creatively spent artist treads water, waiting for the muse to return. And it doesn’t have to be a schmaltzy, pandering and overly sentimental collection