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More from My Conversation with Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash

Here’s bonus content from my conversation with Andy Powell, founder and co-lead guitarist of Wishbone Ash. We spoke just moments before the band took the stage in Würzburg, Germany as part of a triple bill that also featured Uriah Heep and Nazareth. Prior to the pandemic, the band was on tour in the U.S. in

Wishbone Ash: 50 Years On, Drawing Inspiration from Their Own Classic Era

In the early 1970s, British rock band Wishbone Ash helped usher in the era of twin-lead-guitar groups, a powerful and effective approach that influenced many of rock’s most beloved bands, from Thin Lizzy to Boston to Iron Maiden and beyond. Led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Andy Powell, Wishbone Ash landed ten albums on the

Album Review: Trees Speak — Ohms

Using the term krautrock is – at least among those who are familiar with the term – a handy shortcut to explaining that the subject matter is minimalist, droning, sometimes static, often electronic-based and generally noncommercial. Strictly speaking, the label is applied to artists or bands coming out of the German electronic music scene of

Album Review: Roomful of Blues — In a Roomful of Blues

There are a handful of retro (or, if you prefer, classic-minded) acts that transcend nostalgia, doing something special. They trade in forms that had some great popularity in the past, but they continue, making new music in the style, adding their own personal spin. NRBQ is one. Los Straitjackets are another. And Roomful of Blues

Album Review: Pop Co-op — Factory Settings

It was more than a decade ago when the Spongetones released what would turn out to be their final album, Scrambled Eggs. The group went out (recording-wise) on a high note, with a collection of songs that stood nicely against a backdrop of great albums going all the way back to 1982’s Beat Music. But

Che Apalache: Appalachia Meets Argentina

Joe Troop has a finely attuned ear. Seven years ago, the Winston-Salem native and former member of bluegrass group Town Mountain discovered the connections between Appalachian folk music and the musical traditions of South America. Enlisting the help of musicians from Argentina and Mexico, Troop embarked upon an exploration of those connections with a new

Album Review: Anna Lynch — Apples in the Fall

Singer-songwriter Anna Lynch is originally from Sebastopol, California; she led bands in Alaska before settling in Western North Carolina. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2013, and now Lynch has followed up that well-received set with a new five-song EP, Apples in the Fall. Lynch’s debut from six and a half years ago displayed

Fireside Collective Brings it on Home

This is the third of three short features on Asheville-based artists releasing new albums in March 2020. Jesse Iaquinto released 2014’s Shadows and Dreams using the name Fireside Collective, but it wasn’t really a band project. “It was a solo album to kind of jump-start some of my original songs,” he says. But by 2017

Rebirth of the Firecracker Jazz Band

This is the second of three short features on Asheville-based artists releasing new albums in March 2020. As the 21st century enters its third decade, the Firecracker Jazz Band is doubling down on a music style that enjoyed its heyday a century ago. But guitarist and banjo player Jason Krekel believes he knows why 1920s-style

Checkin’ in with The Christy Lynn Band

This is the first of three short features on Asheville-based artists releasing new albums in March 2020. Working in the country idiom, Sweetheart of the Radio is the debut release from the Christy Lynn Band. Christy Lynn Barrett describes her music as “meaningfully kitschy.” She laughs when asked to explain what that means. “I like