asheville Archive

d&b audiotechnik on What the Future of Music Might Sound Like

This story is the third of three this week in which I connect with Asheville-based companies serving the music industry. — bk With its headquarters for the Americas in South Asheville, d&b audiotechnik makes loudspeakers and amplifiers for live music and other applications. Manufacturing is done at the parent company’s factory outside of Stuttgart, Germany;

Moog Music in a Pandemic World

This story is the second of three this week in which I connect with Asheville-based companies serving the music industry. — bk Asheville, North Carolina-based Moog Music has reacted to new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in both expected and novel ways. While a number of the electronic music instrument manufacturer’s 100 employee-owners

Echo Mountain Recording Responds to Pandemic Challenges

This story is the first of three this week in which I connect with Asheville-based companies serving the music industry. — bk Any musician in Asheville can tell you the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected his or her livelihood. To varying extents, the same is true for local businesses that serve

30 Days Out, June 2020 #2: Hearts Gone South, Angel Olsen, Natural Born Leaders, The Get Right Band

If you’re at all like me, you may have noticed this phenomenon: when you take on a new task, you stumble as you learn your way through it. And by the time you finally figure out the most efficient and effective way to do it, you’re nearly done. Perhaps that’s the case with musicians and

Brushfire Stankgrass: Making Up for Lost Time

“We’re not a bluegrass band,” insists Will Saylor, co-leader with brother Ben in Brushfire Stankgrass. Instead, the popular Asheville quartet uses bluegrass as the launching point for its musical excursions, venturing well into folk, jam and rock forms in the process. And while the group makes no claims to capture the essence of Asheville in

Busker Abby ‘The Spoon Lady’ Roach Brings Out the Fine Silverware

Train-hopping hobos are part of America’s cultural fabric. From the late 19th century through the 1940s, hundreds of thousands of itinerant people in America made their lives on the fringe of society, traveling the rails, picking up work wherever they could. The hobo subculture developed its own traditions in music and folklore. And while today

Ben Phantom’s Music Meets Modern Dance

Some artists’ strength is expressed as consistency: listeners know what to expect, and they appreciate that familiarity. Other artists, however, chart a circuitous path, with each project quite different from the last. It’s that latter approach that comes to define the work of Asheville guitarist, singer and songwriter Ben Phantom, formerly known as Ben Phan.

Zoe & Cloyd: Looking Out for the Future of Appalachian Music

This story appeared previously (in 2019) in Bold Life Magazine. The duo has since released another album. Zoe & Cloyd are wife-and-husband musical team Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller. Together they make what they call “new Appalachian music,” a subtly updated take on traditional mountain music. After leaving popular trio Red June –

Ryan RnB Barber: Can’t Hold Him Down

Ryan RnB Barber is one of the busiest musicians in Western North Carolina. He does it all: singing, rapping, songwriting, producing and arranging. And he stays busy with several bands (including BoogiTherapi and Orange Krush), participation in open mic/jam nights, and as a member of Grammy award winning kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s band.

Pimps of Pompe: Hot Jazz Meets Hip-hop

Asheville-based Pimps of Pompe has a unique musical approach. The band takes inspiration from modern hip-hop and rhythm and blues, bending those forms into the style of pre-World War II “hot jazz.” The group’s new self-titled EP showcases that process alongside original songs and selected jazz classics. Songwriter, band leader and mandolinist Cynthia McDermott says