folk Archive

Roger McGuinn’s Signature Sound

Roger McGuinn is largely responsible for one of the most distinctive sounds in popular music. Though his musical career began in the folk idiom, McGuinn – like countless others in […]

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: Allen Ginsberg – Material Wealth

I will admit right up front that I approached this album with some trepidation. Strictly speaking, Allen Ginsberg was a poet, not a musician. And where his work did cross […]

30 Days Out, March 2024 #2: Scott Stapp, Western Carolina Writers Showcase, Consider the Source, Los Straitjackets

Rock, regional singer-songwriters, popular prog and the best surf-style music you’ll ever hear: those are the highlights of Asheville live music in the coming 30 days. Here we go… Artist: […]

30 Days Out, March 2024 #1: Sub-Radio, Hermanos Gutiérrez, Bob Dylan, Dervish

Indie pop, cinematic instrumental music, stirring and traditional Irish tunes, and the musical bard of the 20th century: those are the highlights in live music for Asheville in the coming […]

Album Review: Al Stewart – Songs on the Radio

By most any reasonable measure, Al Stewart is not a singles artist. Though the Glasgow-born singer-songwriter has had a long and creatively fertile musical career, his primary artistic vehicle has […]

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 […]

David Wilcox’s Guided Touring

While many artists express serious reservations about the Spotify music streaming platform – and with good reason – North Carolina-based singer-songwriter David Wilcox has taken a different approach: he’s embracing […]

30 Days Out, February 2024 #1: Nirvani, John McCutcheon, Andrew Thelston Band, Stick Men

The quiet season continued herei n Asheville, with tourist traffic slightly diminished. But there’s plenty of great live music, and locals can enjoy it without being (as) overrun by outta-towners. […]

Bruce Cockburn: Creativity, Conscience and Commercial Considerations

Bruce Cockburn released his 27th studio album, O Sun O Moon in May. His latest release showcases the Canadian-born singer-songwriter’s skillful blending of genre styles and lyrics that underscore his […]