folk Archive

Laura Boswell: Beauty and Loss

Throughout her musical life, Laura Boswell has bounced back and forth between the classical and folk worlds. And while the music on the new Place to Be EP – the Asheville musician’s third release – is firmly rooted in the folk idiom, those and other musical traditions inform her work. “My training began with classical

30 Days Out, January 2021 #1: Chuck Brodsky, Hustle Souls, Arcadian Wild, Derek McCoy Trio

Happy New Year! Even in normal times – a phrase that most certainly doesn’t apply to present day – the post-holidays winter months are the “secret season” in Asheville and its environs. The tourists (who are both an economic engine for the region and the bane of many local residents’ existence) largely stay away for

Kronos Quartet Meets the Music of Pete Seeger

Ever since its inception in 1973, Kronos Quartet has been pushing the boundaries of music. The San Francisco-based ensemble has made a mission of finding unexplored connections between seemingly disparate musical forms, bridging the gaps between genres, and redefining musical categories. One of Kronos’ current projects is a new album celebrating the work and influence

Samara Jade: Saved by ‘Zero’

Life experiences can inform the creative product of artists in unusual ways. The chamber folk of Samara Jade’s latest album, Zero, is in part the result of the circumstances under which it was made. Though some of the songs were written when Jade was living in Asheville, the recording was completed on the West Coast,

30 Days Out, December 2020: Doom Flamingo, Unspoken Tradition, John Doyle, Mike Cooley

Live music is decidedly back, with restrictions. All of these shows – happening in the next 30 days in Asheville – feature limited seating and other restrictions, but they represent some of the best (and only) opportunities to witness live music. Two of the featured acts are Asheville-based; two are national acts doing some very

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

William Schmitt: We are the Wildflowers

When one hears a band name like William and the Wildflowers, images of folky, pastoral musical textures might come to mind. And a cover image of the artist sitting crosslegged on the bank of a mountain river – complete with crackling campfire – only reinforces that notion. But those images only hint at a small

The Moon and You Aims Higher with ‘Asteroids’

The Moon and You began work on its newest album almost exactly four years ago. And initially, work on the album proceeded really quickly. “We got the rhythm tracking done in two days,” recalls cellist/vocalist Melissa Hyman. “The day before and the days after the 2016 [presidential] election,” adds Ryan Furstenburg, guitarist/vocalist and Melissa’s husband.

It’s Always a Sausage Party with the Polka Brothers

This interview first appeared in the October 2019 issue of Bold Life Magazine. For a wacky, good-time experience – one that pairs especially well with beer – you can’t beat New York City’s Polka Brothers. The four “brothers” combine classics of the Bohemian dance music with a traditional take on modern pop standards. While they

30 Days Out, October 2020 #1: Tom Paxton, Del McCoury Band, Papadosio, Frisson Ensemble

Since this pandemic seems to be hanging on (blame our inept current federal “leadership”), it’s up to performing artists, booking agents and music venues to find ways the at least approximate “normal.” They’re rising to that challenge in some positive ways. For this edition of 30 Days Out, I take a quick look at four