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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

David Wilcox: Braving the Emotional Weather

Beloved Western N.C.-based singer-songwriter David Wilcox is a prolific artist. Since releasing his debut album The Nightshift Watchman in 1987, he has made and released some 20 records. And Wilcox has toured far and wide, bringing his thoughtful, lyrically rich folk-based music to stages across the country and beyond. Save for some inevitable enforced downtime

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

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 January 2022 #2: Ben Phantom, Cory and the Wongnotes, Dogs in a Pile, The Fritz

This roundup of “30 Days Out” features two Asheville-based acts and two nationally touring ones. Artist: Ben Phantom Venue: Highland Brewing Downtown Date: Saturday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m. Door: free Some artists incorporate the visual medium as a kind of auxiliary component, a sideline, to their main creative/artistic thrust. Ben Phantom seamlessly combines them, as

Album Review: Billy Bragg — The Million Things That Never Happened

Let nearly 40 years pass, and some things are almost certain to change. If your exposure to Billy Bragg commenced with his 1983 debut Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy and its standout track “A New England” – and then you didn’t hear anything from him again until now, you’d be in for a

30 Days Out, December 2021 #2: Drunken Prayer, Empire Strikes Brass, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, Arrested Development, Adam Ezra Group

This installment of “30 Days Out” marks two years since the twice-monthly bulletin has been published here on Musoscribe. Before that, starting in January 2014(!), 30DO was a twice-monthly feature of Mountain Xpress, the Asheville-based altweekly that (in those days) provided robust coverage of the local arts and music scenes. As we close the books

Album Review: Smoke Fairies – Through Low Light and Trees

In early 2020, thanks to the good graces of a kind music publicist, I received a copy of Darkness Brings the Wonder Home, the 7th album from British folk rock band Smoke Fairies. I was duly impressed with the record. As I noted in a review posted in March of last year, the band creates

30 Days Out, December 2021 #1: The Nutcracker, Queen Bee and the Honeylovers, Rising Appalachia, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

‘Tis the season. In normal years, things slow down a bit performance-wise in Asheville as we head into the holidays. Touring acts take a break, and holiday-themed events predominate. Even in this endemic era, those traditions still apply. So for this penultimate music roundup of 2021, I’m focusing on the rich local talent found here

Catching Up with Fayssoux McLean

I first chatted with Fayssoux McLean in early 2018. Since that time, the feisty and irrepressible singer-songwriter has stayed busy with live performances. McLean is part of several ensembles – a duo with Brandon Turner, the trio Almost Acoustic, the Bluegrass Messengers, her electric band Fayssoux & Company – all showcasing a repertoire that spans