asheville Archive

Laura Boswell: Beauty and Loss

Throughout her musical life, Laura Boswell has bounced back and forth between the classical and folk worlds. And while the music on the new Place to Be EP – the Asheville musician’s third release – is firmly rooted in the folk idiom, those and other musical traditions inform her work. “My training began with classical

Dave Desmelik: Music as Time Machine

Dave Desmelik ruminates upon the months on The Calendar Album Western North Carolina singer-songwriter Dave Desmelik has released more than a dozen albums, beginning in the late ‘90s and continuing to present day. But his latest project – a long-gestating one – is especially noteworthy. As its title suggests, The Calendar Album is a collection

30 Days Out, January 2021 #1: Chuck Brodsky, Hustle Souls, Arcadian Wild, Derek McCoy Trio

Happy New Year! Even in normal times – a phrase that most certainly doesn’t apply to present day – the post-holidays winter months are the “secret season” in Asheville and its environs. The tourists (who are both an economic engine for the region and the bane of many local residents’ existence) largely stay away for

Virginia and the Slims: Push on Through

Sporting a name inspired by ‘70s era cigarettes marketed to women, Asheville-based Virginia and the Slims have endured a convoluted history. Musicians have come and gone – to the point where only one founding member remains with the jump blues/swing band – and with those changes came shifting musical perspectives. The current lineup of Virginia

Truly Fine Citizen: Citizen Vinyl Launches in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Part Two)

Continued from Part One … Ragland’s facility is set up to provide full, turnkey service. Some tasks are subcontracted – sleeve printing, and electroplating (the latter to be done at top-rated companies like Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 Industries) – but Citizen Vinyl customers have a single point of contact. “We’ll be the first person that

Truly Fine Citizen: Citizen Vinyl Launches in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Part One)

The heyday of vinyl records – the so-called “album era” – spanned from 1964 to the mid ‘90s. But the advent of CDs and then the internet seemed to spell the end for the cherished format. In 1993 vinyl album sales in the United States had dropped to their lowest-ever point, with only about 300,000

30 Days Out, December 2020: Doom Flamingo, Unspoken Tradition, John Doyle, Mike Cooley

Live music is decidedly back, with restrictions. All of these shows – happening in the next 30 days in Asheville – feature limited seating and other restrictions, but they represent some of the best (and only) opportunities to witness live music. Two of the featured acts are Asheville-based; two are national acts doing some very

30 Days Out, November 2020 #2: Samara Jade, G. Love, Amanda Anne Platt, The Krüger Brothers

We’re back to actual live shows, with restrictions. Livestream fatigue set in rather quickly, didn’t it? Turns out humans need to be together. But hey: we’ve gotta do it safely until a vaccine is ready. With that in mind, here are some highly worthwhile shows coming to Asheville in the next 30 days. Two locally-based

Facing the Music, Part Five (conclusion)

Continued from Part Four … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. Beyond the outdoor shows, Keith and the Grey Eagle staff have pursued a few other forward-looking efforts. “We’re actively promoting the nationwide #SaveOurStages initiative spearheaded by NIVA,” he says. “We’ve also been

Facing the Music, Part Four

Continued from Part Three … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. Among the musicians interviewed for this story, André Cholmondeley has seen perhaps the most significant change since the pandemic began. While he’s active on the local music scene (playing guitar in Wham