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The 11th Annual Music Video Asheville: Creativity and Connections

The annual Music Video Asheville competition has grown from humble beginnings 11 years ago to its current status as a high-profile event attracting top-flight talent. But even as the competition earns more recognition for the filmmakers and musical artists who take part, organizers make a point of keeping that which makes it special: developing connections

Album Review: Adi the Monk

In the current music marketplace – a world in which many of the barriers to entry have, for better and worse, been removed – it never hurts to have an interesting back story. Asheville-based Adi the Monk certainly has his bases covered in that respect. He’s likely the only musician working in Western North Carolina

Album Review: Hannah Kaminer — Heavy Magnolias

Hannah Kaminer’s career as a performing musical artist only began in 2014 when she took part in the Brown Bag Songwriting competition. The Asheville singer-guitarist earned a near-immediate return on her investment, winning both first place and crowd favorite honors. Her 2015 album Acre by Acre was produced by Julian Dreyer at Echo Mountain Studio,

Brian’s Songs

In an unprecedented burst of creativity, New York City musician Brian MacWilliams wrote some 300 songs in the space of just a few years. Midway through that streak, he was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). But a community of friends and supporters – in New York, Asheville and

Steep Canyon Rangers: Serving the Songs

As the 20th century approached its end, a group of college students began getting together informally to play bluegrass. None of them could have imagined that they’d still be together in 2018, performing concerts backed by members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. In support of their 13th and latest album, Out in the Open, the

Asheville Rock Collective: Three Chords, Intensity and the Truth

Asheville has a remarkably thriving music scene. In any given week, there are multiple opportunities to take in live performances of original music in a wide variety of genres. But some styles are more fully represented than others. And to make sure that straight-ahead rockers get their share of love in this music-focused city, the

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