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Dave Mason

Dave Mason is Alive!

And Coming to Asheville by James Cassara It isn’t often that a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame plays Asheville, and even less so when it’s someone of the stature of Dave Mason, a genuine member of what might be dubbed Britain’s Rock Royalty. In a career that has now spanned six …

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taj adowa

Righteous Love and Rocking Reggae

by James Cassara Right up front, Taj Weekes, the St. Lucia born Reggae master and social advocate makes it clear: Rasta love is not about homophobia and herb is not about smoking marijuana. “For true Rastafarians, One Love is much more than a song. It’s a creed, one which governs our lives and commands us …

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Noam Pikelny, winner of the 2010 Steve Martin Prize 
for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

A Match Made in Bluegrass Heaven

Stuart Duncan and Noam Pikelny in concert by James Cassara At the age of 33 Noam Pikelny has already amassed the sort of credentials typical of someone twice his age. The term prodigy is often cavalierly tossed around to the point that it begins to lose all meaning but Pikelny is among those for whom …

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Transfigurations II

Transfigurations II

Interviewed by James Cassara This month I am delighted to showcase Matt Schnable and Mark Capon, the two gents who own Harvest Records store in West Asheville. Since 2004 Harvest Records has set a standard for independently owned record stores and has been nationally recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the best 50 …

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