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Sweet Claudette: What We Learned at Bird Camp

On their 2013 For the Birds EP, Sweet Claudette successfully blended classic country and Americana, delivering six original tunes in an intimate, homespun style that focused on their vocal strengths. But on Whiskey Drunk on Puppy Love, the Asheville foursome has taken a giant leap forward, incorporating Stax and Motown textures into the mix, creating

Fantastic Negrito: Fantastic Reinvention

The story of Fantastic Negrito is the stuff of Hollywood legends. But it has the distinction of being true: the man born Xavier Dphrepaulezz taught himself to play a multitude of instruments, scored a record deal, made a good album that stiffed, had a car wreck and nearly died, worked his way back to health,

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