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Album Review: Ian Ridenhour — Ribcage

One of Western North Carolina’s most accomplished musicians is also one of its youngest. Ian Ridenhour has been busily writing and recording music for years; Ribcage is the third collection of songs from the 17 year old singer, songwriter and musician. Ridenhour’s full-length debut was 2014’s Quietly Making Noise; that 14-song album showed his deep

Asheville’s Holiday Hang 2017

Calling an event “Holiday Hang” suggests a loose, informal and fun way to spend a December evening. That’s accurate, but organizers of the annual event – now in its sixth year – have set their sights much higher. True, an evening of bluegrass and country featuring a double-bill of Asheville’s Town Mountain and Amanda Anne

Album Review: The Rough and Tumble — We Made Ourselves a Home…

The Rough & Tumble is the folk-Americana duo of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler. These days the pair consider themselves at home on the road, but in the Rough & Tumble’s bio, the nomadic pair say that they “used to say they were from Nashville.” And before that, Graham (who was born in Pennsylvania) and

Jack Devereux: Strings of Life (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… The Cult of Old Wood A violin maker can’t simply drive to the nearest lumber yard for wood. Devereux explains that the raw material – maple for the sides and back, spruce for the top – is milled specifically for violins, and is sourced from Eastern Europe, the foot of the

Jack Devereux: Strings of Life (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… The Right Way There’s a great deal of history wrapped up in the art of fiddle-making, but Devereux’s perspective on the subject is of a decidedly practical sort. While emphasizing that developing the required skills calls for a lot of what he calls “ass-in-seat time,” he says that there’s a lot

Jack Devereux: Strings of Life (Part One)

I was at a party,” Jack Devereux recalls. “This drunk girl sat on my violin and busted the head off.” What could have been an unmitigated disaster instead served as the catalyst for Devereux’s own entry into the world of fiddle making. Nine years ago, Jack Devereux was studying jazz violin at Berklee College of

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

Album Review: Back South — The Dirt Yard Choir

Led by singer, songwriter and cigar box guitarist Todd Cecil, Back South is a WNC-based trio that specializes in country blues with a decidedly hard-edged rock sensibility. Imagine ZZ Top without all the filigree, leaning back toward their blues roots. Now picture a guitarist who plays a custom instrument fashioned out of a cigar box

Album Review: Galena — Tropic of Prancer

Progressive rock is often and wrongly though of as a man’s game. There’s a long-standing cliché that paints both the artists and audiences as black t-shirt-wearing white males. But in fact the comparatively highbrow rock subgenre has a long and proud tradition of female involvement. Though her métier leaned more toward jazz, iconic 1960s vocalist