Women Making Music: Millie Palmer – A Creature of the Land

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She’s grateful to both her parents for exposing her to music from day one. Although neither parent pursued careers in music, her mom Geri played piano and guitar and dad Mike played trumpet. She’s especially grateful to her mom for …

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Women Making Music: Sharon Lewis & Sandy Howard

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Making Old Songs Feel New Again For those who have grown weary of what the music industry now refers to as ‘Commercial Country’ music, a dim shadow of Country and Western music’s former greatness, you’ll be pleased to learn that …

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Women Making Music: Evalina Everidge – An Eclectic Everywoman

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Two years ago I met, began to mentor (through my vocal coaching service), and became friends with Evalina Everidge. She’s in turn become my mentor, helping me deepen my connection with life as I continue to help her deepen her …

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Women Making Music: Comfortable in Her Own Skin – Spotlight on Caitlin Krisko

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Our efforts to connect for a personal interview did not happen due to the whirlwind life can be at times. Never fear though, I am thrilled to present to you and in her own written words, the one and only …

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Women Making Music: Playing Music is a Real Job

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It’s been an honor writing this monthly feature called Women Making Music. Since September 2010 it’s been my pleasure to shine a spotlight on women and men in our area who personify the reason Asheville and the surrounding area’s music …

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Master Improvisational Guitarist, Mike Barnes

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My friend, Mike “Bonzo” Barnes is hands down one of the most versatile, expressive and creative guitarists of our time. He has influenced nearly every novice to professional guitar player I’ve met in this town and has taught or teaches …

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Women Making Music: “Hitsville, Hipsters to Hippies, Sounds of the 60’s – Fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis”

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Our Story: When my stepson, Chad Holgerson was diagnosed with MS 7 years ago, my husband and I educated ourselves on the disease and found a plethora of long standing and on-going unique and creative funding campaigns taking place annually …

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Women Making Music: Behind These Great Musicians … Is A Devoted Valentine!

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Last February I decided that this February I was going to interview the wives, husbands and significant others of those in our area who are part- or full-time musicians. Focusing on spouses and mates who aren’t musicians themselves, I sent …

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Women Making Music: Amy LaDeroute

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Singer, Voice-Over Actor, Warrior Living in the Flow State Approximately two years ago Amy began sharing on social media, what she calls a “Daily Joy Log.” Initially, it was a meant to impart amusing and enlightening thoughts as reminders to …

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Women Making Music: Spotlight on Lea Renard

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“Perseverance” is her middle name. Back in 2010, a guitarist friend of mine sent me a video link to a female Blues singer he’d met in town named Lea Renard. The praise he bestowed on her in that email provoked …

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Women Making Music: Five Womansong Sisters “Light the Lamp”

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—By Peggy Ratusz— Impressed, inspired, almost tired really, is how I feel after researching the incredible women I profile here, whose connection in part, if not all, has to do with their affiliation with Womansong. “Womansong is Asheville’s oldest and …

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Women Making Music: Gig Alerts!

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  By Peggy Ratusz   In an effort to go extra miles to share and spread love for women making music, I’ve decided to start a Facebook page that will be dedicated to posting news, information, videos and research about …

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Women Making Music: All About Eve Haslam

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  By Peggy Ratusz   Following her father’s footsteps, Eve Haslam has a passion and dedication to the art of music. As early as fifth grade, when she and her dad, Herb Haslam co-wrote a 4 part chorus piece for …

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Women Making Music: Lyndsay Pruett – Premier Fancy Free-lance Fiddler

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  By Peggy Ratusz   The many touring and recording artists who have worked with this Jacksonville, Florida transplant fuse together musically diverse influences. The fiddle and violin playing duties of their multi-layered projects are in the capable hands and …

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