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Hank West and the Smoking Hots

Hank West and the Smoking Hots

by James Cassara One of the greatest pleasures of writing about music is discovering bands I might not have encountered. Such is the case with Hank West and the Smoking Hots, an energetic and immensely listenable five piece band that seem like men out of time: Which is part of their persona, and one that  Continue Reading »

Underhill Rose

Underhill Rose

by James Cassara Over the course of a scant five years the three piece collective known as Underhill Rose have become one of the most respected and creative voices in the Asheville music scene. Proudly steeped in the Appalachian traditions of our mountain culture the three sirens that comprise the band—Salley Williamson, Eleanor Underhill, and  Continue Reading »

Tom Godleski (center) and Buncombe Turnpike perform 
Fresh Preserves.

Fresh Preserves, Take Five!

by James Cassara As the leader of local contemporary bluegrass favorites Buncombe Turnpike, Tom Godleski wears many hats. He writes and sings lead on virtually all their songs, plays bass, handles the booking arrangements, publicity, and all the myriad details necessary in keeping the ship afloat. And while the band’s personnel has, after a period  Continue Reading »

Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown Swings into the Grey Eagle

by James Cassara The Western swing revivalist trio Hot Club of Cowtown have defied many odds during their almost two decade tenure, persevering with a nimble mix of musical expertise, showmanship, and a love of the genre that has guided their existence. The group, formed out of New York in 1996, were exploring and expanding  Continue Reading »


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