Susan Tedeschi: To ‘The Moon’ … and Beyond

This is the first of two features focusing on Susan Tedeschi and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the group she leads with husband Derek Trucks. Taking a page from the classic early ‘70s Mad Dogs and Englishmen musical revue – and adding its own original songwriting, character and musicianship – has been a winning approach for

SF Music History: CCR at the Fillmore West, July 1971

On the Fourth of July in 1971, the Fillmore West closed for good. The celebrated San Francisco music venue ended its nearly three-year run under the management of Bay Area concert promotion impresario Bill Graham with a series of historic and locally focused shows. The original Fillmore, at the corner of Fillmore Street and Geary

A Chat With Larisa Martínez

Soprano Larisa Martínez has a stunning pedigree. A formidable presence onstage, her long list of high-profile credits includes bravura performances of La Traviata (as Violetta), West Side Story (as Maria) and years of touring alongside operatic tenor superstar Andrea Bocelli. She’s currently on tour with acclaimed violinist (and husband) Joshua Bell on a concert tour

Hope Griffin: 2.0

The last couple of years have been difficult for most everyone. As an unfortunate byproduct of measures taken to keep ourselves and others safe, the human need to communicate in person has been stifled. And as society gingerly moves toward and exit from this troubling era, the emotional debris becomes evident. Some artists have channeled

Empire Strikes Brass Celebrates 10 Years

Asheville’s own second line outfit Empire Strikes Brass celebrates their tenth anniversary In May 2012 Pauly Juhl was approach by a friend who wanted a New Orleans-style second line jazz band to play at a wedding rehearsal. A veteran of Dixieland jazz since his high school days, Juhl says that he “jumped to the opportunity.”

Ten Years of Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats

Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats celebrate ten years as a band Just over a decade ago, Andrew Scotchie was one of many buskers on the streets of downtown Asheville. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and joined by a high school classmate on harmonica, the experience was a departure. “I had just come out of

Deep River Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

This summer, Asheville-based, female-fronted country ensemble Deep River celebrates 30 years of making music together. In 1991, Sharon Lewis was singing and playing drums in an all-woman group she had founded, Amethyst Country. She says that the group broke up the following year because “the other three women were willing to play in smoky bars,

Album Review: Donovan’s Brain – Chiêm Bao Thấy Bậu

I’ve reported on and/or reviewed the music of Donovan’s Brain on multiple occasions over the last decade or so. While I seem to have missed some of their releases, I’m on record as recommending at least three of the ones I did know about. And the latest is no exception, even though it’s remarkably different

30 Days Out, August 2022 #1: Local Punk Showcase, Fireside Collective, Man or Astro-Man?, Thundercat

Two show showcasing local talent of of very (very) different character, some super-quirky original rock, and one of today’s hottest tickets: those are among the highlights of live music in Asheville over the next 30 days. Let’s dig in. Artists: Local Punk Showcase: Deathbots, Cloud City Caskets, Pink Eye, Busy Weather Venue: The Orange Peel

Album Review: Dave Scarbrough – Happy Ever After

Even if I don’t recognize an artist’s name, if he or she is releasing music on one of a select group of labels, that’s enough to attract my attention. Trademarks of quality, one might say. Futureman Records is one such label, and so I was receptive when I received a CD, Happy Ever After by