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Industry Profile: Area 22 Guitars

Eddie West knows guitars. As the owner of Area 22 Guitars in the heart of Brevard, it’s his business to know what musicians want in electric and acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments and accessories. But for him, it’s more than business: it’s a lifelong passion. West, a North Carolina native, describes his first guitar

Industry Profile: Andy Bishop’s Giraffe Studio

The following is a pandemic-era interview with the head of one of Western North Carolina’s best recording studios. — bk By definition, musicians are a creative lot. So no matter what the style or genre, one is likely to find musicians seeking – and finding – ways to express themselves creatively, even during during a

Book Review: Rock and Roll Explorer Guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area

San Francisco has a rich and varied cultural history. The city by the Bay has been home to a long succession of cultural scenes, from the Beat poets to the psychedelic explosion to the punk and new wave phenomenon of the late ‘70s and early 1980s. Relevant to my own interests, I’m writing a book

Carolina Guitar Show 2020

This story appeared previously in Bold Life Magazine, and focuses on an event that took place almost exactly a year ago today. Let’s hope events like this are once again in our future … and soon. – bk Imagine an event that’s equal parts shopping mall, museum and Antiques Roadshow. That begins to describe the

The 411 on 415

Last November I wrote a cover story for SF Weekly; it focused on a series of reissue/compilation CDs on the Liberation Hall label. Those releases contained music originally released on 415 Records, an influential and trend-setting indie label based in San Francisco in the late ‘70s and early-to-mid 1980s. Founded by Howie Klein and Chris

Book Review: Ready Steady Go!: The Weekend Starts Here

Launched a few years ago, BMG Books broke into the market with the excellent Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout, Billy Edd Wheeler’s lively memoir. Soon thereafter, the publisher began its RPM series in earnest; that series shines a light on the histories of important record label. Titles have included Gillian Gaar’s book on Sub Pop

Truly Fine Citizen: Citizen Vinyl Launches in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Part Two)

Continued from Part One … Ragland’s facility is set up to provide full, turnkey service. Some tasks are subcontracted – sleeve printing, and electroplating (the latter to be done at top-rated companies like Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 Industries) – but Citizen Vinyl customers have a single point of contact. “We’ll be the first person that

Truly Fine Citizen: Citizen Vinyl Launches in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Part One)

The heyday of vinyl records – the so-called “album era” – spanned from 1964 to the mid ‘90s. But the advent of CDs and then the internet seemed to spell the end for the cherished format. In 1993 vinyl album sales in the United States had dropped to their lowest-ever point, with only about 300,000

Facing the Music, Part Five (conclusion)

Continued from Part Four … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. Beyond the outdoor shows, Keith and the Grey Eagle staff have pursued a few other forward-looking efforts. “We’re actively promoting the nationwide #SaveOurStages initiative spearheaded by NIVA,” he says. “We’ve also been

Facing the Music, Part Four

Continued from Part Three … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. Among the musicians interviewed for this story, André Cholmondeley has seen perhaps the most significant change since the pandemic began. While he’s active on the local music scene (playing guitar in Wham