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Why Not Give it a Try: Gordon Lightfoot Goes ‘Solo’ (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two … Things took off from there. His long string of hits would include many highlights, including “Sundown” and “Carefree Highway,” both from 1974’s Sundown LP, and the haunting “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” from Summertime Dream in 1975. Canada’s Juno Awards – that country’s equivalent to the Grammys – are

Why Not Give it a Try: Gordon Lightfoot Goes ‘Solo’ (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One … And he had another fleeting concern. All those years had gone by, and then he returns with a simple, unadorned album? “I didn’t want people to think I was getting lazy,” he says with a laugh. Compared to the highly polished East of Midnight, Solo would represent a radical departure.

Why Not Give it a Try: Gordon Lightfoot Goes ‘Solo’ (Part 1 of 3)

When Gordon Lightfoot soared to the top of the U.S. singles charts with 1970’s “If You Could Read My Mind,” most listeners considered him a new artist. But the Ontario-born singer-songwriter was a seasoned veteran of the music scene. Already in his 30s, Lightfoot had been releasing albums since early 1966. Sit Down Young Stranger

Eleanor Underhill’s New and Strange Chemistry (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One … There’s a moody — and sometimes even a little dark and melancholy — vibe to some of the music on Land of the Living. Would you say that there’s a kind of overarching emotional perspective to the album as a whole? I would say that a lot of my solo

Eleanor Underhill’s New and Strange Chemistry (Part 1 of 2)

Asheville based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Eleanor Underhill is best known as one half of the Americana duo Underhill Rose. But in her solo career – begun with a 2018 debut album – she charts a very different path. I interviewed her recently for Asheville altweekly Mountain Xpress; that feature is in this week’s

Lola Montez’s ‘Dissonant Dreams’

One from the archives: This feature appeared in the August 2019 issue of Bold Life Magazine. Lola Montez isn’t a singer backed by a rock band. Lola Montez is the band. The Nashville hard rock group is built around the core of vocalist Inga Rudin, guitarist Blake Scopino and drummer Kurt Pietro; depending on where

The Broadcast: Looking Outward, Looking Inward

A shorter, edited version of this story appeared previously in Mountain Xpress. After an extended period of focusing on touring and business matters, Asheville-based soulful rock band The Broadcast has put a series of delays behind to release its third studio album, Lost My Sight. With restrictions related to the pandemic still in effect, live

Nest Egg: Straight-ahead Yet Twisting

A global pandemic may have temporarily taken live music off the stage, but creative endeavors continue apace. Right on the heels of a live set released in March, Nest Egg will release Dislocation, its seventh album, on July 10. The primarily instrumental Asheville-based group draws a good part of its inspiration from German music of

Feminazgul: None More Black, None More Feminine

From the beginning, Asheville-based atmospheric black metal duo Feminazgul staked out its own unique musical territory. The genre is known for its focus upon punishing riffs, themes of violence and mayhem and growling, bowels-of-Hell vocalizing. And while Feminazgul’s music displays all of those characteristics, its debut album No Dawn for Men adds two unusual elements

Just Like Home: John Doyle

Irish musician bridges the gap between Ireland and Appalachia He’s an acclaimed and globetrotting figure in Irish music, guitarist, singer, folklorist and songwriter. But when he’s off the road, John Doyle makes his home in Western North Carolina. Nominated for a 2010 Grammy (Best Traditional World Album), Doyle is an astoundingly busy and in demand