Kickoff Event: Thursday August 17

Bob Hinkle

Local Legends Series kicks off with special guest Bob Hinkle


Founder of the White Horse Black Mountain music hall in Black Mountain, Bob Hinkle is a longtime music industry figure whose experience reaches most every corner of the business, including working closely with The Band during the era that yielded their classic album Rock of Ages.

But that’s merely one of many historically significant pieces of Hinkle’s work in music. He got his start as a musician here in WNC, eventually forming a group; recording an album; going solo and releasing another album; working for Dylan’s notorious manager Albert Grossman; serving as head of A&R for a record label; becoming an artist manager himself, and managing several high-profile artists including Harry Chapin, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The J. Geils Band and more. And even all that is only part of the story; Bob Hinkle went on to a VP position at a major label, overseeing one of its popular divisions.

After he did all that, Bob Hinkle could have moved back to the mountains and taken a quiet retirement. Instead he did half of that – leaving New York City – and soon after settling in WNC, he opened White Horse Black Mountain, hosting some of the most compelling local, regional and nationally touring musical artists and developing a solid reputation as one of the Carolinas’ best venues to play and hear music.

Those who have met Bob or seen him onstage introducing shows at White Horse may know bits and pieces of his background. But this inaugural event in author and music journalist Bill Kopp’s Local Legends discussion series presents an opportunity to hear much more about Hinkle’s fascinating life in music, from Black Mountain to The Band to beyond and back again.

Join host Bill Kopp at Freeburg Pianos in Hendersonville for an evening in discussion with Bob Hinkle about his life in music. We’ll listen to key tracks that figure into his story, and invite questions from the audience.

WHAT: Local Legends discussion series featuring Bob Hinkle, hosted by Bill Kopp
WHEN: Thursday, August 17 @ 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Freeburg Pianos MasterWorks Theatre, 2314 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville

About Bill Kopp
With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The 4000-plus interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill’s keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill’s work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance (including monthly events Music to Your Ears and Music Movie Mondays), and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts. In Spring 2023 he taught a history of Rock ‘n’ Roll at UNC Asheville’s College for Seniors. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues – more than 30 to date – and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian “Cannonball” Adderley’s final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, was published in 2021 by HoZac Books. His third book, What’s the Big Idea: 40 Great Concept Albums will be published in 2024.

About Local Legends
A partnership between Bill Kopp and Hendersonville-based Freeburg Pianos, Local Legends is part interview, part discussion. It’s an opportunity to learn more about notable personalities in Western North Carolina: figures in the arts, culture, creative and business worlds. The audience is very much a part of the Local Legends experience; questions and comments are actively encouraged. Engagement and unpredictability are hallmarks of this lively discussion series.