Americana Archive

Blue Ridge Guitar Camp with Bryan Sutton

Note: This is the second of two features (originally written for two different publications) focusing on the June 2022 Blue Ridge Guitar Camp and Celebration. — bk Though he’s closely associated with the Nashville session scene, bluegrass/Americana musician and songwriter Bryan Sutton is a Western North Carolina native. He’s also a Grammy nominee and ten-time

30 Days Out, July 2022 #1: Melissa Hyman, Acoustic Syndicate, 10,000 Maniacs, Adrian Belew

Two highly respected local/regional acts and two beloved touring artists: those are the highlights among many musical events taking place in and around Asheville in the coming 30 days. Each in their own way is well worth your entertainment dollar, even in these inflationary times. Support live music! Artist: Melissa Hyman Venue: Isis Music Hall

Bryan Sutton’s Guitar Camp and Celebration

Note: This feature was written as a preview for events that took place the first week of June 2022. — bk One of the brightest stars in the bluegrass/Americana galaxy is bringing the expertise of top guitarists to a session of learning and collaboration. Billed as the first annual event hosted by Asheville native Bryan

Randall Bramblett: Lucky That Way

The music business has a built-in tendency to categorize artists: they’re a rocker, a country act, a jazz cat, a rapper or something else. And in those relatively rare instances when an artist ventures even slightly outside of his or her appointed lane, they earn the crossover-artist tag. Yet there do exist a few extra-special

Cold Mountain Music Festival Returns

An edited version of this feature appeared in Mountain Xpress ahead of the festival which took place last weekend, June 4. Unplugged Nature is a Feature, Not a Bug The Covid-19 has taken the lives of nearly a million Americans. And two-plus years of a pandemic have exacted a toll even upon those who survive.

30 Days Out, June 2022 #1: Seth Walker, Cosmic Collective, Jayhawks, Music of Cream

Live music option are once again plentiful in Western North Carolina. Over the next 30 days, there are myriad choices. Here’s a look at four of the most notable live performances scheduled in and around town. Artist: Seth Walker Venue: The Grey Eagle Date: Saturday, June 18, 8 p.m. Door: $20 Hailing from a tiny

A Chat with Chatham Rabbits

Chatham Rabbits is the wife-and-husband duo of Sarah and Austin McCombie. Sarah came up in music as a member of old-time group The South Carolina Broadcasters, and Austin has played everything from “today’s modern country” to beach music to electronica. But together as Chatham Rabbits, the couple makes rootsy music with the flavor of their

30 Days Out, March 2022 #2: All Them Witches, La Luz, Anya Hinkle, Tame Impala

Two big touring acts, a bublbing-under trio and a beloved regional artist building a breakout solo career: those are the highlights of Asheville music in the coming 30 days. Artist: All Them Witches Venue: The Orange Peel Date: Wednesday, March 16, 8 p.m. Door: $25 The group — like many before and since — doesn’t

30 Days Out, March 2022 #1: Floyd Philharmonic, Chatham Rabbits, Uncle Acid, Greyboy Allstars

In this edition: One local, one regional, two nationally touring acts. All four are excellent onstage. Welcome back to live music. Artist: Floyd Philharmonic Venue: Isis Music Hall Date: Thursday, March 3, 8:30 p.m. Door: $15 Though the band’s lineup has seen some changes, this tribute band certainly delivers the sound and style of Pink

Album Review: Lilli Lewis — Americana

Americana is the seventh album from Athens, Georgia based Lilli Lewis. While the album title might suggest a specific kind of music, there’s something deeper going on here. As Lewis uses the term, Americana represents a kind of music featuring lyrical themes connected to the American experience. The music itself has at least as much