Album Review: Connie Han — Secrets of Inanna

There was a time when jazz was edgy, boundary-pushing and even threatening (albeit in a good way). Some may disagree, but other than free jazz – which is frankly too forbidding for even most in the already tiny slice of the market that is jazz aficionados – much of today’s jazz isn’t earth-shaking. Sure, there

Traveling in Time with Pat Travers

Pat Travers first came to fame in the late 1970s. After a string of solid but under-appreciated studio albums, the Toronto-born guitarist released Live! Go For What You Know, an audio document that captured the fire and passion of his live show. That pointedly-titled set brought him the higher profile he deserved, and with it

Sam Burchfield: Words Settle Into Meaning

Singer-songwriter Sam Burchfield grew up in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. That regional and cultural background forms the foundation of his original music. He debuted on record with a 2014 EP, Where to Run, and followed that up with a 2020 album, Graveyard Flower, and his latest release – his best

Album Review: The Orion Experience – Cosmicandy

If Jellyfish had added bouncy dance pop to their primary influences alongside inspirations like Supertramp, Wings and Queen, they might have sounded something like The Orion Experience. Released in 2006, Cosmicandy sounds like a thrilling combination of The Cars, Blondie, Green Day, The Muffs, The B-52s, The Pandoras and ABBA. Or something. These giddy, saucy

Album Review: J. Marinelli – Putting the World to Rights

Combine equal parts stripped-down punk and acoustic guitar troubadour vibe, and add a spash of honky-tonk c&won a few tracks, and the result might be something like J. Marinelli. Born in West Virginia coal mining country and (I believe) now based in Trondheim. Norway, Marinelli is a one-man band that doesn’t pretend to be anything

Carrie Newcomer: “We can do this together.”

Singer, songwriter, musician, author, poet, educator, activist. Those are just some of the ways to describe Carrie Newcomer. With 20 solo albums to her credit – including her latest release Until Now – the Michigan-born artist engages in myriad creative endeavors. And they’re all in line with her deeply-held beliefs about the importance of human

30 Days Out, Dec. 2022 #1: Blanke, Bill Kirchen, Neighbor, Toubab Krewe

There’s something for nearly all tastes in this roundup of live music in and around Asheville over the next 30 days. Get out there and support live music of both the local-based and touring varieties. Artist: Blanke Venue: Asheville Music Hall Date: Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 p.m. Door: $15 advance / $18 day of show

Book Review: The Who: Concert Memories from the Classic Years, 1964 to 1976

Author: Edoardo Genzolini Schiffer Publishing 2022, 306 pp. $59.99 (and well worth it) In the third decade of the 21st century, it’s challenging to come up with a book that sheds any new light on the music of the 1960s (yeah, says the guy whose first book is about Pink Floyd, ha). And there have

Take Five: Tommy Boyce

Tommy Boyce died in 1994; had he lived, he would celebrate his 83rd birthday on September 29. He and Bobby Hart were one of the most successful songwriting duos of the 1960s, writing hit songs for The Monkees (”Theme From The Monkees,” “Last Train to Clarksville” and many others). But Boyce – with and without

Music to Your Ears: Steely Dan’s ‘Can’t Buy a Thrill’

One of the most critically and commercially successful groups of the 1970s, for most of its time in the spotlight Steely Dan wasn’t really a band at all. Co-led by the duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan crafted a sophisticated, urbane and oddly inscrutable musical character that nonetheless found a wide audience.