Americana Archive

Langhorne Slim and the Confluence of Things

As has been the case among the general population, creatives reacted to the lockdowns and isolation of the pandemic era in a variety of ways. Some found the lack of human contact and disconnection from life’s routines deeply frustrating. For others, the time away from familiar people and activities yielded an unexpected creative wellspring. The

30 Days Out, Nov. 2022 #1: GY!BE, Funk You, Zoe & Cloyd, Ty Segall

Two nationally-touring acts, a regional one and a local group are featured in the first of two “30 Days Out” installments this month. There’s avant-garde/post-rock, soulful funk, heartfelt Americana and a punk/garage icon taking things somewhere different. The hills mountains are truly alive with the sound of music. Artist: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Venue: The

Fireside Collective: Questions and Answers

More than eight years after forming, Asheville-based quintet Fireside Collective continues to build on the momentum of early successes, including a competition win at MerleFest and a Band of the Year nomination from the Intentional Bluegrass Music Association. Founded by mandolinist and songwriter Jesse Iaquinto, the group also features Joe Cicero (guitar), Alex Genova (banjo),

Acoustic Syndicate’s Natural Crossover

Since forming in 1992, North Carolina quartet Acoustic Syndicate has cultivated and developed a musical style that draws from a wide array of genres and styles; the band has never allowed itself to be hemmed in by preconceived notions about what is or is not bluegrass. Or Americana. Or rock, or any number of other

30 Days Out, October 2022 #1: Sweet Lizzy Project, Brushfire Stankgrass, Marley Carroll, Mac Sabbath

The next 30 days of live music in Asheville are all over the map. And we like it that way. Here are four highlights of the coming 30 days (okay, 31 this time). Artist: Sweet Lizzy Project Venue: Asheville Music Hall Date: Thursday, October 20, 8:30 p.m. Door: $17 When I reviewed this Cuban group’s

EP Review: Salim Nourallah – See You in Marfa

Salim Nourallah is from Texas, but for See You in Marfa, his project collaborator is the great Marty Willson-Piper, former guitarist for The Church and a superb musician, singer and composer in his own right. The album was recorded in Nashville, with Willson-Piper’s guitars (on two tracks) cut in the southwest of England. The five

30 Days Out, August 2022 #1: Eleanor Underhill, Interpol, Qwanqwa, Neko Case

One beloved local artist, two top-quality touring and the North American debut of a fascinating group from Addis Ababa: those are the highlights in live music over the coming 30 days in Asheville, North Carolina. Artist: Eleanor Underhill and Friends Venue: The Grey Eagle Date: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 5 p.m. Door: $12 As a solo

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: Florence Dore — Highways & Rocketships

I’ve lost count of how many musicians I’ve encountered who bristle at the prospect of being labeled. And while there’s a usefulness in applying a genre label to an artist, I get it: drawing a line around a creative artist can cause people to make snap judgments. Florence Dore is nominally an Americana artist. And

30 Days Out, July 2022 #2: The Deslondes, The Aristocrats, Rebekah Todd, L.A. Witch

One act with local ties, a supergroup, an emerging artist to watch and some no-holds-barred west coast rock are among the highlights of live music in Asheville over the coming 30 days. Artist: Rebekah Todd Venue: The One Stop Date: Friday, July 15, 9 p.m. Door: (?) With two albums and an EP to her