funk Archive

Album Review: Bernie Worrell – Wave from the Wooniverse

Musician and producer Bernie Worrell was a beloved figure here in my hometown of Asheville NC. While he didn’t live here, the keyboardist cultivated an ardent following in our mountain […]

Album Review: The Westbound Sound

Armen Boladian’s Westbound Records was an important force in the funk and r&b scene of the late ‘60s and early 1970s. With Funkadelic as its anchor artist, the label turned […]

Album Review: Eddie Roberts & The Lucky Strokes

Eddie Roberts can pretty much do it all. Guitarist in The New Mastersounds, he’s also a producer and label owner, applying his gifts to the work of other artists on […]

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 […]

Album Review: Flóki Sessions – Boots in Place

Here’s a quick dispatch. You may be familiar with Color Red, the label headed by Eddie Robers, guitarist in the New Mastersounds. If you know about him and/or his group, […]

30 Days Out, August 2023 #1: Circles Around the Sun, Hearts Gone South, Matisyahu, BJ & BJ

Two local-based legends, one other excellent WNC-based artist, and two very popular touring acts: Those are just some of the highlights of live music in and around Asheville in the […]

30 Days Out, July 2023 #1: Airpark, Led Zeppelin 2, Victor Wooten, The Nth Power

There’s a panoply, a surfeit, a veritable cornucopia of live music on offer over the next 30 days here in beautiful Asheville NC. Go enjoy some! Here are four recommendations. […]

Album Review: Ernie Vincent – Original Dap King

The title of this album is something of a red herring. Best as I can tell, New Orleans-based guitarist Ernie Vincent has no substantive connection to the Brooklyn-based ensemble that […]

Hundred Word Reviews, May 2023: Vinyl!

Me, I dig vinyl. I’m happy to sidestep arguments concerning sound quality versus their digital counterparts; while CDs and even streaming have their place, I prefer the tactile, participatory experience […]

Album Review: Electric Beethoven – Hear No Evil

The musical compositions of Ludwig von Beethoven are among the most durable works in the history of music. Long before the pop music term hook came into use, Beethoven was […]