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No Bluffing
" It's that mix where the blues was going from the country to the city, after the electric guitar got more popular," explains Cary Fridley, half of the duo Asheville Aces. "It still has that Southern, old-style beat, but it also starts to sound like rock and roll."
By Robin Tolleson | December 29, 2014

Around the World for Roots
Ethnic-music virtuoso Chris Rosser circles home again.
By Robin Tolleson | November 26, 2014

Past Perfect
Successful songwriter tuned into "catastrophic" life changes
By Toni Sherwood | November 24, 2014

Schooled on the Street
Asheville soul singer Lyric credits busking for her rise to acclaim.
By Robin Tolleson | November 7, 2014

Found: More Sound
Asheville's beloved "re-percussionist" discovers he plays well with others.
Most musicians who learn to play piano by age 5, guitar at age 8, and trombone by age 10 don't then graduate to banging on pots and pans in high school. But Billy Jonas has never adhered to strict musical protocol.
By Tom Kerr | November 6, 2014

Under the Influence
Retro roots group explores the songs behind the songs
Photo by Alicia Funderburk
By Robin Tolleson | September 24, 2014

Altered Scale
Guitarist Shane Parish (formerly Perlowin) was a teenager when he informed a relative that his goal in life was "to explore music." "I was listening to lots of thrash metal, and he informed me that I was exploring a very narrow path," Parish says with a smile.
By Robin Tolleson | September 1, 2014

Fresh Air
Bids & Blues, a fundraiser for Thrive, keeps its legendary supporter, heads outside
By Tom Kerr | September 1, 2014

Festival of the Decade
For its tenth, triumphant birthday, award-winning Harvest Records in West Asheville, owned by Mark Capon and Matt Schnable, will stage Transfigurations II.
August 11, 2014

Key of P
Purist Banjo Player Insists on Scruggs Style (But Doesn't Resist Fusion).
By Robin Tolleson | August 4, 2014

Heartbreak and Beauty
Jammin' with The Get Right Band
By Robin Tolleson
By Robin Tolleson | July 11, 2014

Traveling Well
Balsam Range Finds its Voice
By Robin Tolleson
By Robin Tolleson | June 1, 2014

A Family Affair
Posh Hammer siblings make some noise
At 14, 15 and barely 16 years old, the up-and-coming rockers of Posh Hammer credit all the right people with their early buzz.
By Robin Tolleson | April 2, 2014

CD Review: Too Late to Ask Now
What if Cajun folk asked Appalachian folk music to dance?
By Brent Fleury | March 4, 2014

CD Review: Love is Covered in Dust
A new CD from Yes the Raven.
By Brent Fleury | March 4, 2014

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