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For Caleb Johnson, The Second and Third Times are the Charm

Note: Caleb Johnson is a “local boy makes good” hometown success story here in Asheville. I wrote this feature on the eve of his current tour. This version is an expanded edit of the piece I filed at Mountain Xpress. — bk Just days after his 23rd birthday – and after three years of trying

Rock-a-bye Everybody: The Moon and You and Friends

The Moon and You – the Asheville-based wife and husband songwriter duo of Melissa Hyman and Ryan Fursternburg – has released four albums to date. But 2019 marks the addition of something very different to their body of work. Big Mystery, an all-local-star effort led by The Moon and You, is a studio collection of

Album Review: Spaceman Jones — Southern Exposure

Spaceman Jones is the performing name for Davaion Bristol, the Asheville-based hip-hop artist and radio host. The relentlessly busy artist’s previous releases showcase a heady mix of electronica, trip-hop and rap, and often find him collaborating with others. But on Spaceman Jones’ newest project, the artist ventures off on a solo excursion. Save for a

Asheville’s Grey Eagle: Soaring at a Quarter Century (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… Food and photos Over the years, the Grey Eagle has also been home to some quality food options. Whitworth, manager John A. Zara and current owners Russ and Sarah Keith all reminisce warmly about the various eateries that have had runs at the venue. They mention Yo Mama’s Snackeria, Sassafras Cafe,

Asheville’s Grey Eagle: Soaring at a Quarter Century (Part 1)

One of Western North Carolina’s most popular music venues, the Grey Eagle is taking a well-deserved victory lap this year. In celebration of the hall’s 25th anniversary, the Grey Eagle recently hosted a music festival. Too big and varied an event to fit inside the roughly 550-person capacity of the venue, Grey Eagle 25 took

Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters: Get What You Need

Amanda Anne Platt launched her recording career with 2009’s Irene. A decade later – after countless live shows and three more albums of original material – she’s ready to revisit some of the songs on her debut release. “I wanted [Live at the Grey Eagle] to be kind of a career survey,” she says. “I

Every Sound There Is: Asheville Music School Takes on the Beatles’ ‘Revolver’

Created in the space of just over six years, the Beatles’ body of work ranks among the most important and influential music ever made. And for the fourth year in a row, teachers, friends and students of Asheville Music School come together to present a benefit concert, performing one of those albums start to finish.

Rising Appalachia: Water is Life

Though it’s easy to take water for granted – just turn on the tap and there it is – for hundreds of millions of the Earth’s people, access to clean water is a goal, not a reality. The United Nations considers universal access to clean drinking water a human right, but that doesn’t magically make

Andrew Scotchie: All in the Family

At only 25 years of age, guitarist, singer and songwriter Andrew Scotchie has a thriving music career. A prominent fixture of the Western North Carolina music scene, Scotchie and his blues-rocking band the River Rats started out in 2011 as buskers on the streets of Asheville; today the group has released three albums of original

Single Review: Cameo — “El Passo”

In the world of funk and soul, Cameo reigned supreme. Between the release of the band’s 1977 debut album, Cardiac Arrest and 1990’s Real Men… Wear Black, the New York City-based group scored a Top 20 R&B chart position for every single one of its records. On the R&B singles chart, Cameo racked up an