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AUDIO INTERVIEW: The Explorers Club

Pop group The Explorers Club are coming to Asheville North Carolina’s GREY EAGLE on Friday, September 30. Ahead of the group’s first tour in several years, I spoke with band leader Jason Brewer. Here’s our conversation.   And here are links to additional Explorers Club features, reviews and interviews. See you at the show; I

Real People, Great Radio (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… Community perspective on community radio Volunteer-driven and nonprofit, AshevilleFM was launched to offer a non-commercial, community-focused listening option for Asheville radio listeners. The station’s mission statement emphasizes its goal of “keep[ing] thriving by producing diverse and eclectic programming that inspires our listeners to build connections across our communities and to discover

Real People, Great Radio (Part 1)

AshevilleFM curates all-local project spotlighting Asheville music When the internet developed to the point at which it could support high quality audio and video, pundits prognosticated the imminent death of terrestrial radio. But in the same way that streaming music hasn’t spelled the end of vinyl records, FM radio remains a creative medium, and a

Geriatric Jukebox: The Sounds of (Near) Silence

It’s often been said that a message can be communicated more effectively with a whisper than a scream. That’s part of the philosophy of Geriatric Jukebox, a wife-and-husband musical duo that performs classics from pop’s golden era at venues across Western North Carolina. Jean and Alan Satz moved from New York to Hendersonville seven years

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

HU’s Next: The Finest in Mongolian Metal

Touring with familiar names like Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth is a new and very different band. From landlocked Mongolia comes one of heavy metal’s unlikeliest new groups, The HU. Combining the musical folklore of their native country with the fury, volume and intensity of heavy metal, The HU are connecting tradition and modernity,

Danielle Nicole: Bassist Beyond the Blues

Danielle Nicole makes music informed by the blues yet not constrained by it. She cut her teeth as a bassist, singer and performer while a member of Trampled Under Foot, a trio featuring her brothers Nick and Kris Schnebelen on guitar and drums respectively. Nicole notes that she and her siblings “came from a musical

A Conversation with Kenny Neal

Acclaimed blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kenny Neal has just released Straight from the Heart, his first release since moving to Ruf Records. The Blues Music Award winner (2019’s Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year) recorded the album in Baton Rouge with a band that includes family members Darnell Neal on bass and vocalist

Tedeschi Trucks Band Shoots for the ‘Moon’ with Four-album Project (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… The creative wellspring from the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 12-member ensemble yielded a lot of worthy material. “That was the direction we just kind of went with,” Tedeschi says. “Whatever was a great song and really sounded strong and could carry its own was going to be part of the project.” But

Tedeschi Trucks Band Shoots for the ‘Moon’ with Four-album Project (Part 1)

In a popular music era defined by singles, shuffle play and short attention spans, rock/soul revue Tedeschi Trucks Band is pursuing an unlikely path. The powerhouse collective led by wife-and-husband due Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks has recorded a thematically-linked set of albums – four in total – and is rolling them out on a