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A progressive and collaborative arts community, Asheville's modern music scene melds old and new with surprising ease. Music permeates the city from the street musicians who serenade you downtown, to multi-generation bluegrass jam sessions, to a rock club (Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club) named one of the best in the country by Rolling Stone.
Today, Asheville's music scene is all encompassing. Traditional mountain music still rings out from national artists such as David Holt and Laura Boosinger who live in the area. Classical music from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra fills the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium throughout the year.
The instruments needed for distinct mountain sound have old world origins. The banjo hails from Africa and the fiddle has European roots. However, the only native instrument to the mountain region, is the Appalachian dulcimer. This instrument is considered to be one of the easiest to learn due to its small string count and simplified fret system. Want to find one for yourself? Visit the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville where the Woodrow stringed instruments are sold. If you travel to Black Mountain visit Song of the Wood to see a wide collection of mountain dulcimers for sale.
Mountain music traditions are alive and well in the Blue Ridge and a new travel guidebook, Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, offers an epic tour to the public settings where folk music and dance still thrive. Mountain musicians are as laid-back and welcoming as they come, so when heading out to find some Asheville music, bring your dancing shoes and banjo and play on in…
Listen while you explore. Many of the region's historic musicians are featured on a 20-track companion CD for the newly released Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. Imagine driving along the famed Blue Ridge Parkway with sweeping mountain views—nothing could be more fitting than a soundtrack of authentic Asheville music with that distinct Appalachian flavor.
Songs from this “guidebook for the ears” include “Swannanoa Tunnel,” “Frankie Silver's Confession,” and “Tom Dooley” and are based on actual events that took place in the region. The rich storybook of folk songs features raw, field recordings made in musicians' homes as well as professionally recorded tracks.
The sounds of the modern era also thrive in Asheville. Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and pioneer of electronic music, spent his final years in Asheville and set up a company here that continues his musical vision.
Alternative rockers The Smashing Pumpkins made Asheville their temporary home with a nine-show residency in 2007 at the Orange Peel. And well-known artists such as Gladys Knight, Warren Haynes and David Wilcox have made Asheville their newfound home and drawn inspiration from the area.
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Vintage Jazz Trio with Vocals
Based out of Asheville NC, Hot Point Trio includes: Steve Karla on Guitar, Matt Williams on violin, and Trevor Stoia on Bass. The trio currently perform weekly at the Inn at Biltmore. Hot Point Guitar Duo includes Phil Alley with Steve Karla and plays weekly at Creperie Bouchon, Lex 18, and Ben's Tune up in Asheville. HotPoint also includes Lyndsay Pruett on violin. (Featured in the recordings.)
The Roaring Lions is Asheville's most non-traditional traditional jazz trio. This trio of hip musicians performs piano, sousaphone and cornet, the only trio to ever have such a lineup. Made up of current and former members of the Firecracker Jazz Band, this trio takes American traditional jazz roots and explodes them with a scattering of popular post WW2 songs, gospel numbers and the occasional waltz. Their sound is familiar and fresh and experiment freely. Band members include Henry Westmorelan...
For nearly a decade, Tycho has been known as the musical alias of Scott Hansen, but with the release of Awake – his second LP for Ghostly International – the solo project has evolved into a three-piece band. Reaching an entire new realm of sonic possibilities this time out, Awake is situated in the present, reaching Hansen’s vision of Tycho like never before. “This is, in many ways, the first true Tycho record.” Following 2011’s Dive LP, the San Francisco, Cal...
New Mountain Asheville Presents: Juniper Rising Thursday, September 25, 2014 Doors: 9pm Show: 10pm Tix: $5 Cover JUNIPER RISING Juniper Rising was formed by Holly Overton in the Fall of 2012 after an inspiring adventure in the deserts and canyons of Utah. Bringing the awe of vast landscapes back to Brooklyn, Holly translates the experience through rock’n’roll, influenced by the historical context of early country western music. Kevin Faulkner of The Men soon joined and synthesized th...
When Michael “Country” Carver and Mare Carmody harmonize together, their voices and guitar styles create a blend of country, blues, and Southern rock. Enjoy their covers of classics and original songs.
Jazz Standards & Chanteuse
Rub-ble-buck-et [ru-bul-buck-it] Noun 1. A vessel in which workers collect waste materials on a construction site; We need a rubblebucket for all this rubble. 2. A wild art-pop band from Brooklyn, NY; I’m jonesing for the new Rubblebucket album ‘Survival Sounds’. 3. The condition of having hard nipples, or riding a mean yes wave; He has great Rubblebucket. Verb 4. The act of uncrossing one’s arms and letting loose, while strange, new feelings and sounds flood mind and bod...
If you’re familiar with bluegrass music, then you’re tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They’re also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit a...