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“There’s a unique dynamic going on in the music of Asheville, North Carolina singer/songwriter Kathryn O’Shea. As a writer, her songs tend toward the confessional or autobiographical, the type we most often hear accompanied by an acoustic guitar. But O’Shea’s husky, low-toned moan is buoyed instead by her skeletal banjo playing.”
-The Greenville Journal
Known best for her hauntingly poignant lyricism and masterful vocal play, Kathryn has been featured by Sofar Sounds, WPVM Radio, WNC Original Music Podcast, and more. Last fall, she opened for the internationally renowned Los Angeles-based artist Terra Naomi at 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, then moved home shortly after and placed 2nd overall in the 11th annual Brown Bag Songwriter’s Competition at The Asheville Music Hall. Kathryn is currently recording her debut studio EP with M.G. O'Shea, a talented audio engineer who just so happens to be her big brother. Last summer, the two worked together to produce Kathryn's debut single, “Snow." Immersive Atlanta premiered the track wrote the following:
"The moment Kathryn O’Shea’s enormous voice slips into the jaunty bustle of ‘Snow,’ you’ll surely wonder what record label she’s gunning for. With a timbre as dynamic as Florence Welsh, the singer/songwriter strips back the sentimental mush from falling snow to tell a clever tale about getting holed in for the winter; even in just four minutes, she fleshes out a character who wrestles with more than just frozen desire.”
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Hailing from the mountains of western North Carolina, guitarist and songwriter Jesse Frizsell seamlessly combines aspects of modern and classic country with the smooth harmonies and feel heard in today’s biggest chart toppers. Frizsell has been a musician and songwriter for the majority of his life, in his own solo endeavors and as a leading member of local North Carolina bands. 
Born in Asheville, NC, Jesse grew up learning and playing his favorite tunes by classic artists, from AC/DC to George Strait. By the age of 16, he was playing in various local bands, contributing as a guitarist, singer, songwriter and arrangement. Frizsell has performed at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam both with his band and more recently as a solo artist. He has also opened for acts such as Bret Michaels (of Poison), Blackberry Smoke, Framing Hanley and shared the stage with Kevin Kinney (of Drivin’ N Cryin’) as well as Justin Biltonen (of 3 Doors Down). 
More recently, Jesse writes songs for the heartbroken, the working man and those ready and willing to unwind after a long day. Songs like “Beer In The Shower” strike a chord amongst a wide audience, a combination of good hearted humor and desperation, a song to laugh to keep from crying. He participates actively in the local Asheville music scene and regionally in the Southeast. You can find him most weekends playing as a member of The Western Carolina Writers, Solo, playing songs from his latest album or with his bluegrass trio, Jesse Frizsell and the Riffers. 
Jesse has released a two song EP, “A Couple of Songs for Drinking”,in 2018 and a full length album “Rose Gold Renegades”, in 2019, both available for streaming or download on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify.
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Billy Litz (trumpet-keys-guitar-vocals etc.) is a force of raw emotion channeled through a refreshing and increasingly rare blend of skilled musicianship and inspired songwriting. Born and raised in the thick of the central east coast he chased that certain something around the globe to the islands of Hawaii all the way to the heart of rural Africa. Now based in the mountains of Asheville, NC he has further embraced his rootsy americana sound that remains authentic and fresh by never denying his other musical influences from soul to funk to indie-rock to jazz.
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Threadbare, a solo project for Ben Mackel,
is dedicated to simple, bittersweet songs worn down to a thin comfort. 
Major influences are Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, David Wilcox, and Gregory Alan Isakov. 
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Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Hope Griffin was literally born into music. Surrounded by a musical family, she began singing and performing when she was very young. Hope first got turned onto the idea of writing her own music when she received a guitar at age 17. She attended Carson-Newman University and went on to receive a Bachelors degree in classical voice. It was there that her true flair for songwriting developed. Hope’s drive to perform her original works was launched after winning a songwriters contest in college in 2007. She eventually moved to Asheville, North Carolina where she began introducing her angelic vocals and folky lyrics into the music scene.

Hope quickly began to rise as an Asheville favorite. In 2012, her debut single “Hanging In The Balance” made international radio play. She was recognized in regional publications such as the Herald-Journal, The Mountain Xpress, and The Daily Times. She appeared on WNC television, and began touring all over the Southeast USA. In 2014, in an effort to expand her acoustic sound, she teamed up with NJ born cellist and Asheville transplant Jamie Leigh Bennett to create a dynamic guitar/cello blend of original sound. In 2016, 2017 & 2018, she consecutively snagged both best “Singer-Songwriter” and best “Acoustic/Folk Band” titles in Western North Carolina though community votes. Together, their combined fusion of her silky vocals and Jamie Leigh’s deep, rich cello lines has made for a listening experience quite unlike any other. Hope’s “in your face” style of ballad writing, as well as the duo’s reputation for playing fresh versions of songs that span through the decades has made them popular amongst a wide range of age groups.

Hope continued to wow audiences and stretch the musical boundaries by switching from soulful ballads to high-energy blues with ease. Her 6 original song EP, entitled “Say What You Will” released on February 6th, 2015 to a sold out show at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville, NC. Her third song on the album titled “A Fisherman’s Life” was awarded “best song” in WNC in 2016. Each song on the record offered a diverse style and hook worthy of its subject matter, but all were linked with Hope’s angelic voice, catchy beats, and poignant imagery. The album was one that fans of folk music and singer-songwriters had been waiting for since Hope first began mesmerizing her audiences, and was the perfect exhibition of her extraordinary talent.

Riding on the wings of the success of 2015’s album, Hope jumped back in the studio to record a larger project titled “Where the Soil & the Stars Meet”, which released on October 31st, 2016. As a strong follow up to her previous release, Hope’s album—her first LP—was as eclectic and as unpredictable of a musical journey as those who fell in love with her debut might have expected. Song after song, Hope defied convention, leading her audience by the hand through honest reflections of true love, a broken heart left devastated, a chance meeting with strangers, to the celebration of a long life well-lived. Constantly blending genres, the very essence of Hope’s trademark style constantly remains: Her lyrical quality of capturing the simplest of life’s moments and rendering them profound reflections on the emotions that unite us all. A haunting and always evolving collection of ballads, “Where the Soil and Stars Meet” peered into the soul of an artist whose fingers remain firmly on the pulse of the curious odyssey in which we all find ourselves.

At the conclusion of 2017 (and just in time for the season), Hope released her latest project “And the Lights Will Shine” – a 6-song collection of holiday tunes. Reflective of her usual folk flair, the EP was well received by all. As expressed by Bill Kopp from the Mountain Xpress: “With ‘And the Lights Will Shine,’ folk/Americana artist Hope Griffin bravely takes on a clutch of holiday classics (adding an original of her own) and creates a fine, distinctive record in the process.”

Since then, Hope has far from slowed down. In 2018, she toured nationally in the the Northeast, Midwest, and Northwest regions and released her latest single “Carousel”, a hauntingly beautiful ballad which garnered much praise from both her local community and abroad. She can currently be seen on tour in a variety of combinations, most notably as a Folk/Americana duo with her cellist Jamie Leigh. Her free spirited personality and ability to tell beautiful stories through song make her a true force to be reckoned with – and a hard excuse to miss.

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The story of Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats began in 2011 when Andrew began the project busking on the streets of his hometown of Asheville, NC.  Since then the band has transformed from an acoustic street duo into the current setup of a full electric power trio. The current lineup of Andrew Scotchie (Vocals/Guitar), Eliza Hill (Drums) and Keith Harry (Vocals/Bass) came to be in early 2016 and since then have been revered far wide for their engaging, interactive High-Energy, Funk-ti-fied Rock n’ Roll show.  Couple the abilities and in the moment spirit of a jam-band with a punk rock fierceness and energy, and you’ll get a show that will have familiar songs but with a twist that offers a listener something only in that moment.


2018 in particular brought the band many new opportunities traveling to previously untapped regions to connect to new fans, especially after the release of our latest and most eclectic album, Family Dynamo.  Last year the band toured up and down the East Coast from Florida to New York, electrifying and magnetizing fans and new folks alike with the live show and new record.  Some notable venues along that trip include The Grey Eagle, 1904 Music Hall, Visulite Theatre, Brookfield Place, The Pour House, Barter Theatre, Floyd Fest, and the Purple Fiddle.  2019 has already taken the band to new heights and places. The band wrapped up a month long “Winter Out West Tour” in February with a sold out show in Steamboat Springs (Old Town Pub), and many other highly successful and impactful shows in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Idaho.  Building on the success of that winter tour the band took to the van again for the follow up Summer Out West Tour.  The summer tour took them to many of the same places as the winter tour, but with new stops in Helena, MT and Jonesboro, AK.

Consistent studio recordings, year round touring, earnest songwriting & sharing show bills with such greats as Sonny Landreth, Blind Boys of Alabama, Drivin N Cryin, Ghost Light, Eric Gales, Big Daddy Love and Bettye Lavette has made Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats one of the industry’s fastest growing Rock n Roll bands, and WNC’s best Rock band 5 years running.  Rolling Stone’s Garret Woodward gave mention to the band in his coverage of Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam stating that the band is “starting to make a name for themselves on the national scene”.

Current Lineup

Andrew Scotchie: Guitars/Lead Vocals
Keith Harry: Bass/Backup Vocals
Eliza Hill: Drums


March 16, 2020

Xaris Encore - Dos Xaris

If you enjoyed this episode show Xaris some appreciation at https://venmo.com/Xaris-Waltman
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Xaris Waltman was born in Pensacola, Florida. At a young age she picked up the guitar. Along with that, Xaris also discovered a deep love and connection for Folk and Old Time music. She loved how the old songs had life of their own and had been telling the same stories for generations. Xaris still feels the same way. Relaying these old songs to audiences during her shows makes her feel like she’s doing something bigger than herself. On June eighth, two-thousand-ninteen, at nineteen years old, she released an album of Old Time songs titled “Under The Willow”. Under The Willow was recored in Bristol, Virginia with Bigtone Records.

Right out of highschool she started traveling the country solo; just a girl and her guitar. Playing listening rooms, living rooms, and festivals, Xaris has captured the people of small town America’s ears with her melodious, high toned voice. She has been compared to Dolly Parton, Allison Krauss, and Joan Baez but has a whole other side of sound all her own. Xaris also writes her own songs. She’s played many songwriters festivals, since the age of twelve and has been featured at the 50th Anniversary Eddie’s Attic Songwriters Shootout in Decatur, Georgia. Now living in Pittsburg, Kansas, Xaris is working on releasing her first full length album of original music in 2020.

Links below to show the musicians your appreciation for their music.
More to be added later. If there's someone not listed email wncoriginalmusic@gmail.com and we'll make it happen.
Xaris Waltman
(also contact her for web design)
Billy Litz/Hustle Souls
paypal - billylitzmusic@gmail.com
Threadbare/The Blue Eyed Bettys
Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats
or buy their merch at www.andrewscotchiemusic.com/shop
Hope Griffin
Jon Worthy
@jonworthymusic (venmo and Cashapp)
Kathryn O'Shea
Tommy Yon
Hearts Gone South
Vagabond Crowe
Salti Ray
Cashapp - $mcdreamytater
Lo Wolf
Kim Ware/The Good Graces
Stephen Evans
Venmo @Stephen-Evans-56
Kevin Daniel
John Dennis
The Krickets
Striking Copper
Deliberate Kin
Venmo is @Deliberate-Kin
PayPal is deliberatekin@gmail.com
Patreon  www.patreon.com/deliberatekin
Laura Thurston
Paypal  Laura.thurston@yahoo.com
Striking Copper recently had show cancellations because of Corona Virus. If you feel so moved and enjoy their music, Venmo your appreciation at https://venmo.com/allisonmdonnelly3 (@allisonmdonnelly3)
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Striking Copper is a harmony driven roots rock band led by redhead twin sisters, Allie and Jacquie Lee, whose powerhouse vocals bring a feminine charm to their rock and roll counterparts. The band is rounded out with Matt Donnelly (vocals, rhythm guitar), Dan Bennett (lead guitar), and Frank Cacciutto (drums). Striking Copper uses haunting vocal arrangements, accompanied with full volume instruments, delivering a lasting, melodic sound. Based out of Wilmington, North Carolina, the six piece band's music draws from humanity, embodies strength in vulnerability and authors homage to home. SC believes music is a way in which to tell a story. It’s not just what the story is about, but it’s how you present it, and how you preserve it.

This week's episode features selections from just a few of the contestants, judges, and other participants in the upcoming Barrelhouse Songwriter Showdown.

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 Just a few of the people you will see and hear at the Event
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