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Q&A With The Delondes’ John James Tourville

New Orleans-based group The Deslondes effortlessly mix up genres: their music has clear antecedents in country, zydeco, jazz, soul, and even rock ‘n’ roll. They’re currently in pre-production on a follow-up to their self-titled 2015 debut. The Deslondes returned to Asheville NC for a May 12 show at The Grey Eagle. I recently spoke with

Asheville Electro Music Festival: High Technology, Human Scale

In his influential 1982 book Megatrends, author John Naisbitt observed that “whenever new technology is introduced into society, there must be a counterbalancing human response, or the technology is rejected.” The very human and innovative nature of 21st century synthesizer-based music is a real-world example of Naisbitt’s observations in action. A local group of musicians

Review: Music Video Asheville 206

As organizer Kelly Denson explained near the end of the evening’s program, Music Video Asheville began nine years ago and has grown steadily every year. This year’s award ceremony (held Wednesday, April 14) once again made clear the bounty of local talent that exists in and around Asheville. 25 videos competed in several categories, and

Larry Keel’s Asheville Experience

“I grew up playing bluegrass; it’s in my blood like crazy,” says guitarist, singer and songwriter Larry Keel. “But these days when I’m writing, I don’t hear bluegrass anymore. I’ve written and performed music that is, I think, unclassifiable. And that’s where I want to be.” Keel continues to defy pigeonholing with Experienced, his 15th

Reed Turchi: Back to His Roots

Though these days he lives and works in Memphis, Reed Turchi was born and spent his formative years in Asheville. Nominally a blues artist, multi-instrumentalist Turchi draws from a much wider array of styles, and his music is informed by his studio knowledge and experience. This summer Turchi and band will launch a major tour

Russ Wilson: (Jazz) History Repeats Itself

On February 12, 1924, jazz bandleader Paul Whiteman staged a concert at New York City’s famed Aeolian Hall. That event, billed as An Experiment in Modern Music, featured George Gershwin‘s premiere performance of “Rhapsody in Blue.” Whiteman (sometimes called the King of Jazz) would go on to stage many more concerts in the Experiment series,

The Challenge of the Blues

Vocalist Peggy Ratusz has long been one of Asheville’s leading blues personalities, carrying a torch for the century-old musical form. Her latest musical endeavor (with the help of musical collaborator Aaron Price) involves the upcoming 32nd annual International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis, Tenn. Monday, Jan. 26 to Saturday, Jan. 30. In the run-up to

Best Asheville Concerts of 2015

I’m always amazed and grateful that despite being a comparatively small market, Asheville draws high-end touring talent. 2015 was no exception. Among a long list of local shows, these are my Top 5 for this year: Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas – The Grey Eagle, March 12 Hernandez got her big break when she wowed

Watch Those Men: Wham Bam Bowie Band

David Bowie cast off his Ziggy Stardust persona decades ago, but a fondness for the look and sound of his 1970s music remains strong among rock fans. Asheville-based touring tribute group Wham Bam Bowie Band answers that demand. A one-off gig years ago in Nashville planted the seed that would eventually grow into Wham Bam

Mountain Soul Party: The Soul of Collaboration

Author’s Note: This feature appeared previously in edited form in the pages of Mountain Xpress, and is a preview of a show that took place earlier this month. Happy Holidays! — bk Look deeper than the surface of Asheville’s music scene and you’ll discover a fertile and vibrant community of musicians playing soul music. A