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Chuck Lichtenberger’s Real Feel

The last few years have seen a lot of changes for Asheville, N.C.-based songwriter and keyboardist Chuck Lichtenberger. His marriage and band ended, and he faced some serious mental health issues; all of this played out in a very public manner. This is What Happens When…, his latest solo album, addresses – in unyielding and

Michael Schenker Takes it to the Next Level

Michael Schenker is quite likely the most famous and acclaimed German-born guitarist in the history of rock. Picking up the guitar early, by his teens Schenker joined older brother Rudolf in Scorpions, playing on that band’s debut album. His long and winding career subsequently found him handling lead guitar duties for UFO, and then as

Michael Schenker Fest: Four Singers, Full Potential

Guitarist Michael Schenker rose to fame in the 1970s as the lead guitarist in his older brother’s band, Scorpions. German-born Schenker soon set off on a path of his own, making a string of popular hard rock albums with UFO, and later with his own Michael Schenker Group. His bands would be characterized as much

Album Review: Kate Fenner — Middle Voice

As “Two Minds” opens Middle Voice, one might think that Kate Fenner is merely another in a waif-viced singer-songwriters. But give the song a moment to unfold, and both it and its singer/composer reveal greater depth. There’s a windswept Americana feel to the music, with a mood and sensibility that evokes pleasant memories of Bob

Liza Anne’s Turn for the Rockier (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… When you finish a recording session, do you feel like you’re able to say that it’s done, or are you the sort of person who wants to go back and tinker with it? “It’s definitely a process. It’s different every time. Zach Dyke produces my stuff, and when we finished the

Liza Anne’s Turn for the Rockier (Part One)

Liza Anne is the stage name of St. Simons Island-born Elizabeth Anne Odachowski. Nominally a folk musician, on her debut album — 2014’s The Colder Months — she crafted a gentle, heartfelt sound with soothing vocal harmonies and alluring melodies. On her 2015 album Two, the acoustic Americana flavor of her songs was layered with

Album Review: Balsam Range — Mountain Overture

Much of what is thought of as classical music has its roots in the folk melodies of European countries. With that in mind, the pairing of bluegrass heroes Balsam Range and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble isn’t such a radical concept. Steep Canyon Rangers have similarly augmented their music live onstage with classical instrumentation. Mountain

Album Review: The Remains — Live 1969

The Remains were one of the coolest and most promising r&b-flavored American rock bands of the 1960s. The Boston-based group scored the supreme honor of opening for the Beatles on their final U.S. Tour. And the Remains would be immortalized by inclusion on Lenny Kaye’s incalculably influential garage rock compilation, Nuggets. What the Remains never

Album Review: Jonathan Wilson — Rare Birds

Jonathan Wilson is a son of Western North Carolina. Born in Forest City and raised in the tiny town of Spindale, Wilson came from a musical family. By the late 1990s he was in a band called Muscadine, and signed to Sire Records; the group released three albums before disbanding. Settled in California’s Laurel Canyon,

Album Review: Mailman — Yang Yin

The concept of duality is a popular one in literature and the arts; West Sussex, England-based recording artist Mailman (known at home as Jamie Stanley or “Stan”) explores the subject on his latest release, Yang Yin. The idea is simple: a full life is neither all light nor complete darkness; it’s bits of both. In