Kat Williams: Season’s Gratitude

For nearly two decades, Katrina Way “Kat” Williams was a prominent fixture of Asheville’s live music scene. The vocalist’s multigenre repertoire earned her a place as one of the region’s most beloved performers. But a serious health condition largely sidelined her for several years. Twelve months to the day after a successful kidney transplant, Kat

Album Review: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters — Christmas on a Greyhound Bus

When an artist releases an album (or EP) of holiday music, it need not be designed to fulfill an obligation to a label. It also needn’t be a placeholder while a creatively spent artist treads water, waiting for the muse to return. And it doesn’t have to be a schmaltzy, pandering and overly sentimental collection

Musoscribe’s Best of 2019: Interviews

I lost count of how many interviews I conducted in 2019. I think the number is right around 175. I enjoyed ever single one of them, but as is typical, a few will go down among my all-time favorites. Here’s a quick roundup of ten of those, with links to the full features (and often

Musoscribe’s Best of 2019: Concerts

I attended slightly fewer concerts in 2019 than in previous years. But quality more than offset quantity. Below are brief recaps of my favorites, with links to further reading. (all photos ©  Bill Kopp and/or Audrey Hermon Kopp) Lake Street Dive – Jan 8, The Orange Peel I take special interest in artists whose work

Musoscribe’s Best of 2019: New Music

Today’s Christmas. Whether you observe the religious traditions of the holiday or not, Quit reading this and go spend time with loved ones! Okay, before you go, a very brief post. There were some great albums released this year as well. Some of my favorites include: Watermelon Slim – Church of the Blues Luther Russell

Musoscribe’s Best of 2019: Books

I’ve read ten music-related books this year (one of those, Billy Vera’s Rip it Up: The Specialty Records Story I’m still reading and will review soon). I enjoyed all of them to varying degrees, but a few stood out. If you’re thinking of a belated Christmas gift for someone – or just a good read

Musoscribe’s Best of 2019: Reissue/archival Releases

2019 was another great year for reissue and archival releases. A few stood out as especially noteworthy; those are listed and briefly described) below. More details (my reviews, interviews … that sort of thing) can be found by clicking the links below each. The Black Watch – 31 Years of Obscurity I wasn’t familiar John

Boxed Set Review: Land of 1000 Dances

Though there were certainly earlier examples, the era of the lavish boxed set began a few decades back; it more or less coincided with the CD era. And it persisted well into the 21st century. In the last few years, it seems to have trailed off, though superb exceptions to that rule continue to pop

Hit Dogs: Serious Rock, Leavened with Humor

In the mid-1980s, Frank Zappa released an album with a question for a title: Does Humor Belong in Music? While much of the guitarist-bandleader-composer’s music was quite serious, his humor-focused material occupied a significant place in his body of work. Asheville rock trio Hit Dogs has a similar collective philosophy: while they’re certainly not a

Album Review: The Black Tones — Cobain & Cornbread

Ice-T (among many others) has long made the point that African Americans’ role in the creation of rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. While I agree, I suspect that in part the reason for that is that comparatively few people of color work in the rock idiom. I recall vividly just how