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Ben Lovett Calls Asheville Home

L.A. to Asheville: Musician Ben Lovett Finds Inspiration in the Mountains

Asheville’s Dynamic Music Culture Offers Composer a Chance to Work from Home. Ben Lovett, an award-winning composer, producer and performer, first fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a kid when he visited his grandparents in Highlands. Happily, those mountains are now his home. But his fascinating creative journey required thousands of miles, several years

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Shindig on the Green

Sound Trek: A Music Lover's Guide to Asheville

Tuning Into Asheville's Music Scene Asheville’s known for many things: natural beauty, an historic downtown, craft beer and great food. The local music scene is equally deserving of a top-10 list mention. Though hard to explain, Asheville’s multi-genre, boundary-pushing sound is underscored by its eclecticism. From Appalachian ballads and old-time picking to fierce funk, sultry

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Rising Appalachia

Rising Appalachia Rests Its Roots in Asheville

Sisters Draw Musical Inspiration From Appalachia and Beyond Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith started Rising Appalachia in 2004 as an experiment in combining Southern musical traditions with global influences. Their music has taken them around the world, including Asheville where they’ve been part of the region’s music community since the 1990s. Now they split their time

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Jo Lasher Jr.

Who's Next: Asheville's Grammy Watch List

Which local musician will be next to bring home a Grammy ? There’s no shortage of promising talent. Keep an eye on rising country artist Joe Lasher Jr. who, at 19, is already splitting his time between Asheville and Nashville. And Chase Rice — the songwriter behind country megahit “Cruise” — is also an Asheville native. Jessica Tomasin, studio manager at  Echo

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Steep Canyon Rangers

The Grammy Goes to... Asheville's Connections to the Most Coveted Music Awards

The red carpet at the Grammys' annual Los Angeles event may be more than 2,000 miles from Asheville, but plenty of local artists have made the star-studded stroll. In 2017, “kid-hop” artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo — now based in California after launching his career in Western North Carolina — took home the award for Best Children’s Album. The album, Infinity

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Moog Factory Synth

Moog Music: Pioneer of Modern Sound

Bob Moog is a well-known legend in the music industry. In fact, in many ways he was a pioneer. Having invented the Moog Synthesizer back in the 1960s, Moog revolutionized the way we enjoy music today. You would be hard pressed to find any major band that isn’t using a Moog instrument, and each one is made by hand right here in Asheville. The Moog factory opened its headquarters in 2011

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Music Festival Asheville

Tap Your Toes at Asheville Music Festivals

Hear Local and World Talent at Asheville’s Musical Celebrations Asheville’s music scene, like the city, is melodious blend of contemporary, classical and old-time traditions. One look at our wide range of music festivals, and it’s easy to see why any time of the year is a good time for music in Asheville. To help you get started, here is an overview of annual music festivals in

Video Thumbnail - youtube - Jerry Read Smith - Making Dulcimers in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Mountain Sounds, Legacy of Dulcimers

Locally Crafted Instruments Lend Melodies a Blue Ridge Ring Enthusiasts of Appalachian music are likely familiar with the whimsical sounds of dulcimers, instruments that have a rich legacy tied to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jerry Read Smith, a local craftsman who has made more than 8,000 musical instruments, builds hammered dulcimers in his workshop in the nearby town of Black Mountain. The

Echo Mountain Recording Studio

Echo Mountain Recording Puts Asheville On the Music Industry Map

A Musical Sanctuary Something’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. The brick and stained glass 1926 former AME Methodist Church, just off Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville , is once again filled with music. Maybe a little different music at times from the gospel music that once happened here. But still, music from the soul. This inspired space is now home to Echo

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