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A Conversation with Tom Hambridge (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Do you get involved in artistic decisions about things like track sequencing? I have. I’m a record guy. You mentioned Susan Tedeschi’s record: I remember her […]

A Conversation with Tom Hambridge (Part 1 of 2)

Multiple Award (Grammy, Boston Music, ASCAP etc.) winner Tom Hambridge is truly a master of all trades. Singer, songwriter, drummer, producer, he has done – and continues to do – […]

Album Review: Tom Hambridge — Blu Ja Vu

Tom Hambridge has a weighty résumé. A 1983 Berklee graduate, much of the Buffalo native’s work has been behind the scenes. As a composer, he’s provided songs for a wide […]

Book Review: ‘Nuggets Redux’ by Rev. Keith A. Gordon

At the time of its release, few recognized the significance of the Nuggets 2LP compilation. To be sure, both Elektra head Jac Holzman (who commissioned the project) and Lenny Kaye […]

Album Review: The Alligator Records Christmas Collection

By late 1992, the first vinyl era was drawing to a close. At its peak in 1977-78, vinyl LP sales in the U.S. approached 350 million units per year. With […]

‘The Barber of Seville’ and its Timeless Quality

Even those possessing little more than a passing familiarity with opera will recognize parts of The Barber of Seville. Composed by Gioachino Rossini and premiering in Rome in 1816, the […]

Take Five: Randy Bachman

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Randy Bachman has had a varied and illustrious career. Still going strong as he celebrated his 80th birthday last month (September 27), Bachman recently reunited with […]

30 Days Out, December 2023 #1: Toubab Krewe, Bask, Chloe and Leah, Blue Rags

Here at 30 Days Out, I spotlight some of the best live music coming through Asheville. This time of year is extra-special in many ways, not least because local-based touring […]

Preview: Music to Your Ears presents ‘Band on the Run’

Hosted by the Asheville Guitar Bar, a discussion series provides deeper understanding and greater enjoyment of classic albums and recording artists. Led by Asheville speaker, author and music journalist Bill […]

Pussy Riot: There’s (Still) a Riot Goin’ On

Guerrilla performance art collective Pussy Riot has gained at least as much notice for its activism as for the music it makes. Originally based in Russia, the feminist protest group […]