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Thank You, Man: Asheville’s Crop of Tribute Bands (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Peak Hour Though the group had had hits before – most notably the 1964 single “Go Now” – the Moody Blues’ most enduring material is found on its “core seven” albums beginning with Days of Future Passed. And it’s upon that period that The Lost Chord focuses. The studio versions of

Thank You, Man: Asheville’s Crop of Tribute Bands (Part One)

Amid its vibrant musical communities centered around artists creating original music in Americana, rock, blues, jazz and other genres, the Asheville music scene has kept a special place in its collective heart for tribute acts. More than 13 years ago, a young quartet of high-school age musicians played a sound-alike set of Beatles classics at

Gin Blossoms: ‘New Miserable Experience’ at 25, Part One

Guitarist Scott Johnson almost missed out on a career path that saw him taking over for the lead guitarist in a band right as it broke through. Had he not taken some advice from an older musician, Johnson might not have even been playing rock ‘n’ roll. And he wouldn’t have joined Gin Blossoms as

Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas 2017

Scottish fiddler Jamie Laval has earned worldwide acclaim for his lyrical and evocative musicianship, as well as his always-compelling annual Christmas-themed live shows. Ever winter since 2011, the award-winning fiddler (winner of the 2002 U.S. National Scottish fiddle Championship) has staged a fascinating and highly entertaining show built around themes of the holidays, solstice and

The Squirrel Nut Zippers: Hot for the Holidays

Founded in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Squirrel Nut Zippers were more a summer art project than a serious band. But with the 1996 smash success of “Hell” from the group’s second album, the Zippers were catapulted into mainstream success. The group folded after releasing a holiday-themed album and 2000’s Bedlam Ballroom, but founder Jimbo Mathus

Big as Ever: Russ Wilson’s Famous Orchestra

Asheville, North Carolina is populated with scores of hard-working, ever-busy creative people who endeavor to bring their chosen art to the public. But among those, perhaps the busiest of all is Russ Wilson. It’s difficult to keep a current tally on just how many musical projects he’s juggling at any given moment, but of late

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival: Local Focus, Careful Growth

Now in its 10th year, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (October 12-14) is a world-class event spanning 7 venues and three days. But the festival grew from modest beginnings. BEMF co-founders Katie Longmyer and Jen Lyon began by taking over a piece of land in Gowanus and creating “a pop-up, daytime thing where there would

Woods & Wilds Festival 2017

Note: Happy Thanksgiving! This is my 2,500th post since the launch of Musoscribe in 2009. — bk Storytelling plays an important part in the ongoing struggle to protect the environment. For the second year in a row, nonprofit organization Dogwood Alliance highlighted the synergy between the tradition of storytelling and its own efforts, adding in

Evil Note Lab: Pushing the Boundaries of Live Musical Improvisation

Ableton Live is computer software that allows musicians real-time interactivity with sequences of notes, sounds and textures. While the software is often used as a creative studio tool, in the hands of Asheville musical collective Evil Note Lab, Ableton Live realizes its potential as a performance instrument. Evil Note Lab puts its groundbreaking musical experiment

All Go West Fest: Keeping Asheville Weird

In recent years, Asheville has lost two of its long-running annual music festivals. From 1979 until 2013, Bele Chere drew an increasing number of tourists to Asheville for a popular and eclectic mix of musical acts and other arts. The high-profile yearly Moogfest relocated from New York City to Asheville in 2010 and remained here