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30 Days Out, October 2020 #1: Tom Paxton, Del McCoury Band, Papadosio, Frisson Ensemble

Since this pandemic seems to be hanging on (blame our inept current federal “leadership”), it’s up to performing artists, booking agents and music venues to find ways the at least approximate “normal.” They’re rising to that challenge in some positive ways. For this edition of 30 Days Out, I take a quick look at four

Adi the Monk: The ‘Cosmic Thread” Running Though His Music

Asheville’s music community features an impressive number of unique personalities. But it’s safe to say that only one has a personal history that includes a period spent as a Vaishnava monk. Ādi Puruṣa Das performs and records as Adi the Monk, making instrumental music that – on the surface at least – has little to

30 Days Out, September 2020 #2: Jeff Daniels, Craggy Blues, Black Sea Beat Society, Tin Roof Echo

The infernal pandemic is still with us, but artists and venues are finding ways to present live music in a setting that’s safe for audiences. In some cases that means live streaming; in others, socially-distanced, limited-seating engagements are increasingly popping up on the calendar. This roundup of live music in Asheville over the next 30

For Orgatroid, The ‘Future’ is Now

Electronic music is sometimes unfairly characterized as cold, sterile and lacking in emotion. But the music of Orgatroid – an Asheville duo of Jason Daniello and Jeffrey Richards – is none of those things. Created almost completely from electronic elements, the music benefits from the very non-electronic backgrounds of the pair of musicians who make

Brother Bluebird: Summer All Year ‘Round

Asheville-based brothers Adam and Tim Reaves are Brother Bluebird, an Americana/folk/indie duo. They’ve been making music together most of their lives, but got serious about it in 2015. Their 2019 EP, Summer is equal parts tuneful melodies, creamy harmonies and thoughtful lyrics. There’s something special about vocal harmonies by siblings; they seem to fit together

Acoustic Syndicate’s Deep Roots are Positively Growing

Acoustic Syndicate has been defying genre stereotypes for more than a quarter century. The beloved Western North Carolina group has been claimed by fans of bluegrass as well as the jam band crowd, and the band’s sound draws from rock and jazz as well. Founded in 1992 by brothers Bryon and Fitz McMurray (banjo/guitar and

30 Days Out, September 2020 #1: Alien Music Club, Hard Rocket, Firecracker Jazz Band, Modern Strangers

For this edition of “30 Days Out,” it’s all local acts from here in Asheville. And two of the four shows are (socially-distanced) in-person shows. As in, live in real time without the use of a computer or smartphone. What a concept! There’s an admission fee for those, which is only fair. For the other

Asheville Music Industry Supports #WeMakeEvents

Note: It’s not my custom to reprint press releases, but this is important enough to make an exception – bk RSVP for the event at this link: http://bit.ly/2YJMFBi d&b audiotechnik Americas lights up in support of #WeMakeEvents. ASHEVILLE, NC (8.27.20)—#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and in support of ExtendPUA.org represents a major call to action on Tuesday, September

Eleanor Underhill: Honoring and Obliterating Tradition

In late 2018, Eleanor Underhill released her debut solo album, Navigate the Madness. While she didn’t – and still doesn’t plan to – abandon her popular and widely admired duo Underhill Rose, the Asheville musician made plain her desire to expand her musical vision to encompass a wider vision. But even the eclectic collection of

Eleanor Underhill’s New and Strange Chemistry (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One … There’s a moody — and sometimes even a little dark and melancholy — vibe to some of the music on Land of the Living. Would you say that there’s a kind of overarching emotional perspective to the album as a whole? I would say that a lot of my solo