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30 Days Out, February 2022 #1: Honeycutters, Laura Blackley, Pet Metheny, Parquet Courts

Live shows! No, really! Artist: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters Venue: The Grey Eagle Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 9 p.m. Door: $22 The best (and highest profile) alt-country band in WNC, The Honeycutters took a time-release approach to their latest album, debuting the tracks one at a time over several months. With the near-complete

Album Review: Scott T. Jones — Fictional Characters

If your tastes run toward fusion – not the watered-down Weather Channel background music, but the muscular, virtuosic but melodic stuff – then you might well be frustrated with the current state of the form. Giants like Allan Holdsworth and Larry Coryell have left us, and it might seem there are relatively few in line

Hundred-word Reviews for December 2021: Archival Releases

This has been a good year for archival and reissue releases. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a roundup of those, so here’s one to help bring the year to a close. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle The importance of John Coltrane upon the direction of jazz can’t be

Album Review: The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars – A Gift to Pops

People of a certain age (i.e. my age) may have early memories of Louis Armstrong singing “Hello, Dolly,” “Wonderful World” or the theme song from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, “We Have All the Time in the World.” Of course we (and most everyone else) know that Armstrong’s career had been through several phases by

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: The Lord Baltimores

As a rule, when I receive CDRs in the mail, I don’t consider them for review on Musoscribe. (Why, you may ask? Simple: I receive so many submissions, there has to be some standard. Sort of like potential employers requiring applicants have a college degree for a job that really doesn’t call for one. Maybe

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

Album Review: James Booker — True: Live at Tipitina’s, April 25, 1978

Though he passed at age 43, New Orleans pianist James Booker earned quite a reputation during his lifetime. The self-anointed Piano Prince of New Orleans had his own brand of r&b-meets-jazz, and counted Dr. John and Harry Connick Jr. among his admirers. Booker’s early career as a musician focused primarily upon live performance, with a

30 Days Out, November 2021 #2: John “Papa” Gros, Mike Zito, Hiss Golden Messenger, Steve Gunn, Jeff Parker

The new normal, yeah. Heck, even I am going to shows again. But I wear a mask, I’m vaccinated, and I’m getting the booster soon. Because let’s display at least a modicum of care for our fellow humans, shall we? Some great music is making its way to Asheville in the coming 30 days. Even

Album Review: Trifecta — Fragments

Here’s an easy trivia question for you: What do Craig Blundell, Adam Holzman asnd Nick Beggs have in common? It’s really a trick question, because the judges will allow any number of possible answers. You might have replied that (a) all three men are superb musicians playing progressive rock, or (b) all three are members