For The Love of All Music: Old-Time Pianist Andrew J. Fletcher Considers Asheville's Future

By Emma Stamm Andrew J. Fletcher plays stride piano, a style that emphasizes percussive keying in the left hand and syncopated melodies in the right. While the name and technique may be unfamiliar, the sound of stride piano is instantly recognizable: clearly of the ’20s and ’30’s, it has roots in ragtime and exists as a critical marker between the early years of Jazz and … Continue reading For The Love of All Music: Old-Time Pianist Andrew J. Fletcher Considers Asheville's Future

An Interview With David Wax Museum on "Guesthouse"

I love Mexican music — the rhythms, instruments, song structures, and melodies. But for this record, I tried to focus primarily on the quality of the songwriting and then brought all of our influences to bear on shaping the sound of the record. The Mexican sound was a piece of that but not necessarily the defining element this time around. Entering a self-described Technicolor world, … Continue reading An Interview With David Wax Museum on "Guesthouse"

An Interview With David Wax Museum on "Guesthouse"

I love Mexican music — the rhythms, instruments, song structures, and melodies. But for this record, I tried to focus primarily on the quality of the songwriting and then brought all of our influences to bear on shaping the sound of the record. The Mexican sound was a piece of that but not necessarily the defining element this time around. Entering a self-described Technicolor world, … Continue reading An Interview With David Wax Museum on "Guesthouse"

Small Town Booking Agent: An Interview With Black Bear's Raphael Morales

Fashion Bath, pictured, are booking agent Raphael Morales favorite band By Alex Brown In examining the industry side of the Asheville music scene I sat down with booking agent Raphael Morales. Veteran of several bands himself, Raph books bands and does the sound engineering for bar and coffee shop Black Bear. Situated in Hendersonville, a small satellite of Asheville, we discuss what its like working as … Continue reading Small Town Booking Agent: An Interview With Black Bear's Raphael Morales

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Outdoor Inspiration: The Adventure Photography of Steven McBride

Steven McBride is a visionary photographer whose work is widely seen, and shows Western North Carolina in all of its splendid beauty. Here’s his story. It’s easy to be jealous of photographer Steven McBride. After all, who wouldn’t want to make a living traipsing through the wilderness, or jetting off to exotic locales to take pictures of beautiful resorts or people in blissful states. If you’ve picked up … Continue reading Outdoor Inspiration: The Adventure Photography of Steven McBride

Songs From the Woods: An Interview With Singer and Electronic Musician Marley Carroll

Marley Carroll photographed by Nicole McConville By J.C. Tripp This interview was conducted in the Spring of 2014 at High Five Coffee. Amongst his peers, Asheville NC-based producer Marley Carroll is known as “the producer’s producer” — which can be both a blessing and a curse for someone respected in artistic circles but still striving for more. Carroll has quickly been changing the narrative, however. … Continue reading Songs From the Woods: An Interview With Singer and Electronic Musician Marley Carroll

Michael Franti — Sowing Seeds of Change

Interview by John C. Tripp JC Tripp: Your music has always inspired me, so it’s nothing new. But I think it’s a new direction for you, as a person who is expressing yourself to humanity. I don’t want to use a catch-word, but it seems more accessible. MF: Yeah, definitely. I’ve tried to continue to grow, both as a group and as an artist and … Continue reading Michael Franti — Sowing Seeds of Change

Beats Over Tweets: Teleseen Talks With Audio Texture on "Passages"

Courtesy of Audio Texture’s James Barrie. Here at Audio Texture, one of our albums of the year, already, is “Passages” from Teleseen on 100% Silk, one of the most inventive, “dance music” albums of 2013, a unique mix of great beats and global sounds submerged in a world of reggae flavours. We were so taken by the music we wanted to find out more. Below … Continue reading Beats Over Tweets: Teleseen Talks With Audio Texture on "Passages"