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30 Days Out, August 2021 #2: Peter Holsapple, Jamie Laval, Pop Evil, Free Radio

Asheville is in the process of reasserting its place as a go-to market for intriguing, compelling musical artists. Full-scale national touring is gradually coming back, but for now – with some notable exceptions – regional and local acts tend to dominate the events calendars of our music venues. This edition of 30 Days Out takes

Troubadour Rory Jagdeo: Hanging On, Coming Home

Rory Jagdeo’s musical journey has taken him from his native Guyana to Canada and Belize, from New York City to Houston and finally to Western North Carolina. Though he had always been immersed in music, work occupied much of his time; it wasn’t until landing in Texas that he began to pursue his musical muse

30 Days Out, July 2021 #2: Jameron, The Honeycutters, Carly Taich, Marbin

Lots of choices for live music in the next 30 days in and around Asheville. Go see some. Here’s a quick look at four solid choices: Two local bands, two touring acts. Support live music! Artist: Jameron Venue: The One Stop Date: Saturday, July 17, 8 p.m. Door: tip jar The name suggest a jam

30 Days Out, July 2021 #1: Black Joe Lewis, Women of Synthpop, Japanese Breakfast, Songwriters in the Round

Touring artists are getting back into the swing of things. That means that this roundup of live music in Asheville features two national acts. The other two spotlighted shows each present three local artists. A nice mix here of singer-songwriter, electronica, blues and modern pop. And though Ididn’t plain it this way, of the eight

Songwriter Stephen Evans: Making Sure the Songs Hold Their Own

A lifetime performing musician living in Asheville since 1996, Stephen Evans plays live with his band the True Grits, as part of a songwriters’ collective and as a solo artist. It’s one thing to perform as part of a group. But a solo show places all of the responsibility on you. How do you engage

Vagabond Crowe: Balancing Roots and a New Direction

Hendersonville, N.C. band Vagabond Crowe began as an alternative American/folk band, and recently recorded and released its debut album, Fortune Teller. But as co-leader, songwriter Mitch Stewart explains, creativity often means change, and today the group looks and sounds different from before. Your website says that the songs on Fortune Teller were “written in the

Dom Flemons: American Folk Music’s Past, Present and Future

Though he first came to prominence in as a member of Grammy-winning string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, since leaving that Durham-based group, Dom Flemons has carved out a richly rewarding musical identity of his own. Known as the “American Songster” (the title of his second solo album), multi-instrumentalist Flemons has earned an important place

Virtually the Same: Transylvania Ukulele Circle Goes Online

This feature appeared previously in Bold Life Magazine. The Transylvania (NC) County Library offers more than books. In January 2019, the library launched a fun and informal ukulele circle; participants of all skill levels got together periodically to sing and play. The pandemic briefly put a stop to the uke circle, but organizer and youth

30 Days Out, April 2021 #1: Alexa Rose, Brie Capone, David LaMotte, Eric Gales

I’ll spare you the April Fools Day jokes and instead move on to letting you know about foru live-and-in-person music performances happening in the next 30 days in Asheville. Three are locally-based artists (who customarily tour pretty widely), so not only are these opportunities to see live music, they represent a sampling of the best

The Moon and You: Curious About What Happens Next

This feature appeared previously in Bold Life. Ryan Furstenburg and Melissa Hyman each had things going as singer-songwriters before they met in 2011. But once they combined their creativity, the result was something special. “Our first date was playing music together,” Ryan recalls. “Melissa offered me money.” “I could tell he was really broke,” Melissa