folk Archive

Album Review: Al Stewart – Songs on the Radio

By most any reasonable measure, Al Stewart is not a singles artist. Though the Glasgow-born singer-songwriter has had a long and creatively fertile musical career, his primary artistic vehicle has […]

Album Review: Real People, Great Radio Vol. 2

Indie by definition and indie in spirit, Real People, Great Radio Vol. 2 is a compilation featuring Asheville musical artists. Curated, sponsored and put together by community radio station AshevilleFM […]

David Wilcox’s Guided Touring

While many artists express serious reservations about the Spotify music streaming platform – and with good reason – North Carolina-based singer-songwriter David Wilcox has taken a different approach: he’s embracing […]

30 Days Out, February 2024 #1: Nirvani, John McCutcheon, Andrew Thelston Band, Stick Men

The quiet season continued herei n Asheville, with tourist traffic slightly diminished. But there’s plenty of great live music, and locals can enjoy it without being (as) overrun by outta-towners. […]

Bruce Cockburn: Creativity, Conscience and Commercial Considerations

Bruce Cockburn released his 27th studio album, O Sun O Moon in May. His latest release showcases the Canadian-born singer-songwriter’s skillful blending of genre styles and lyrics that underscore his […]

A Chat with Angela Easterling

Based in Upstate South Carolina, Angela Easterling began her recording career with the aptly-titled 2007 album Earning Her Wings. Her fifth album, 2015’s Common Law Wife soared to the top […]

Jack Elliott: Still Ramblin’ at 92

If you ever have the opportunity to speak with folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, you quickly learn how he earned the sobriquet “Ramblin’.” Ask him a question and you’ll get […]

30 Days Out, October 2023 #2: Tennis, Nation of Language, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Graham Nash

Modern-day intelligent pop, homegrown funk, and rock royalty are just some of the highlights of live music in Asheville over the coming 30 days. Artist: Tennis Venue: The Orange Peel […]

30 Days Out, Sept. 2023 #1: Train, Jon Auer, Judy Collins, Old 97s

Mainstream pop rock, a leading light of alternative rock, an acclaimed and esteemed folk legend and a critical favorite from Texas: those are the highest of highlights in the next […]

Album Review: Ani DiFranco — Little Plastic Castles

One of popular music’s most refreshing and encouraging developments of the last couple of decades has been the rise of the independent artist. True, there have always been occasional artists […]