asheville Archive

Everybody Knows Your Name: Archetype Brewing

Fourth in a five-part series In a city filled with breweries and brewpubs – more than 30 at last count – it takes some effort to stand out. Located in the “East West Asheville” area known as Beacham’s Curve, Archetype Brewing opened in 2017 with an express goal of being a neighborhood bar. The brewery

Deep Strangeness, With Boundaries: the Odditorium

Third in a five-part series Seven years ago, an online discussion on the subject of “dangerous dive bars” in Asheville elicited a number of comments. One of the posters on the reddit discussion group r/asheville wrote, “Y’all have missed the Granddaddy of them all: Cowboys Nightlife. Have and know how to use your knife.” Today

The Irresistible Attraction of Local Talent: The Magnetic Theatre

Second in a five-part series A creative nexus in Asheville’s revitalized River Arts District, the Magnetic Theatre was launched in 2009. Founded by a team that included local poet and playwright John Crutchfield, Lucia Del Vecchio, Jonathan Frappier, Chall Gray and Steven Samuels, the theatre was designed from its start to draw upon local talent.

No Cheeseburger, No Pepsi: The Burger Bar

First in a five-part series Asheville, North Carolina is undeniably a major tourist destination. The local economy is built on tourism. And while there’s endless discussion among locals as to whether more visitors are a blessing, a curse or a mix of the two, people just keep coming. They come for the culture, the fall

Ben Phan Follows His Creative Path

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Ben Phan has been making music for most of his life. Through formal and informal study, he has immersed himself in classical, jazz, funk, African dance music, folk and bluegrass. His debut EP featured songs he wrote on a five-month hike along the Pacific Coast Trail. Phan recently released his second

Hope Griffin: A Shining Light of a Singer-songwriter

Hope Griffin is a Western North Carolina-based singer-songwriter. She sings and plays acoustic guitar in a soulful, rootsy style. But she arrived at that singular style via a somewhat unconventional route; her background isn’t at all typical of Appalachian songsmiths. Griffin was born in Alaska, and that state’s “nomadic quality of life” influenced her eventual

Album Review: Young Mister — ‘Sudden Swoon’

Young Mister is the performing name of Steven Fiore, a Tryon-based singer songwriter. His background includes membership in the jazz band led by actor-musician Jeff Goldblum, co-writing experience with Art Garfunkel and eight years as a writer for Universal Music’s publishing arm. Young Mister’s self-titled debut was released in 2016, and 2017 saw the release

Album Review: DJ Besbleve — You Good?

“You good?” is a common way to address a friend; it’s a tidy way of asking if everything is okay in their world. But – as Asheville-based DJ Besbleve (born Herman Bright) points out, there’s another way to view the query, one that demands a bit of introspection. In that context, the question might be

Alexa Rose: No Contest

Though she can attribute at least some of her success to doing well in songwriting contests, Asheville-based singer-songwriter Alexa Rose has mixed feelings about competition. But as she put the finishing touches on Medicine for Living, her album due in this month, Rose teamed up with a recent fellow competitor for a songwriter-focused show at

Album review: Queen Bee and the Honeylovers – Asheville

On their debut CD release, Queen Bee and the Honeylovers pay tribute to their hometown with a collection of original songs in a warmly familiar style. Singer and songwriter Whitney Moore dug deep into the history of the mountain city, crafting 14 songs that have one metaphorical foot in the past, the other firmly planted