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Analog Moon: Transcendent Men

Winner of the 1999 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, technology futurist Ray Kurzweil has some controversial – and inspiring – ideas. Kurzweil is an outspoken theorist who believes that before this century is over, Earth will see development of a hybrid human-machine civilization. In popular entertainment, that idea can be taken in several directions;

Underhill Rose: Thorns and All

Editor’s note: The shows previewed here took place in September 2016; the album is due out in 2017. — bk With three enthusiastically-received studio albums to their credit, Asheville-based Americana trio Underhill Rose has decided to cut a live album, something that songwriter/banjoist/vocalist Eleanor Underhill hopes will “represent the core trio’s sound. That’s a lot

Musician’s Workshop: An Asheville Institution

Musician’s Workshop is a North Asheville landmark. While other business – not to mention entire buildings – have come and gone along the Merrimon Avenue corridor in the last half century, the relatively small yet well-appointed instrument shop has persevered, a reliable, go-to resource for pro and amateur musicians alike. Moritz Music started business at

Warren Haynes’ North Carolina Roots, Part 2

Continued from Part One… The Christmas Jam The annual event billed as “Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam” supports the work of the nonprofit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity; funds are used to purchase land for Habitat neighborhoods and to build safe, affordable homes for families. Even prior to the 2015 Jam, the cumulative total

Warren Haynes’ North Carolina Roots, Part 1

Note: A shorter, edited version of this feature appeared as the cover story in the July 2016 issue of WNC Magazine.  It’s minutes before 1 a.m. on Sunday, December 12, 2015. Guitarist, producer and songwriter Warren Haynes is onstage at Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center, jamming with The Doobie Brothers. The 27th annual Warren Haynes Christmas

David LaMotte: Bringing it All Back Together

Prior to 2006, David LaMotte was an extremely busy musician. “In those first 18 years, I kicked out 10 records,” he says. But in the decade that followed, he would released exactly zero albums of new material. It wasn’t as if he had gone inactive, or had even stopped writing music; he was simply involved

James McMurtry: Put Good Lines in the Verses

“The room is the instrument,” says Austin singer-songwriter James McMurtry. Considering that he began playing his original songs live onstage more than 30 years ago, he should know. The son of novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry, James has seen his share of honky-tonks, rock clubs, and concert halls. A frequent and longtime visitor to Asheville,

Concert Review: Dungen — 9 June 2016, Asheville NC

It had been nearly five years since Swedish “folkrockpsych” band (their description) Dungen last played in Asheville. On that September 2010 date, the four-piece was touring in support of their seventh album, Skit I allt. In the ensuing years, Dungen went quiet, fueling speculation that they had disbanded. Guitarist Reine Fiske had already started another

The Digs: Travel to the Beat of a Different Drum

“We’re pulling from a lot of places at once, trying to create our own thing,” says Ram Mandelkorn, guitarist and songwriter for Asheville-based soul/jazz/funk outfit The Digs. “And we’re getting closer to it.” The instrumental group features a unique lineup: guitar plus a keyboardist who plays bass lines with his left hand, and a rotating

The Honeycutters: Creating Quite a Buzz

“I write a lot of songs,” admits Amanda Platt, leader and songwriter of Asheville-based roots group the Honeycutters. “I’m a very prolific writer; sometimes I wish I could turn it off for a little bit. So I don’t think there’s ever going to be a shortage of songs to choose from.” The best songs among