Hittin’ the High Notes

Hittin’ the High Notes: Five local bands serve up new summer albums
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  Here & Gone Again
THE RESONANT ROGUES

The Resonant Rouges’ third studio album is as much a taste of Asheville as it is of New Orleans, Paris, and the back streets of Eastern Europe. It’s a collection of the quartet’s travels that plays out in Blue Ridge clawhammer banjo ballads, gypsy jazz, and Balkan accordion and violin tunes. www.theresonantrogues.com

  Relics and Roses
TELLICO

Tellico’s debut album is a story-rich medley of bluegrass- and old-time-tinged tracks. Lead singer Anya Hinkle’s vocals meld with the warm humming of Jed Willis’s mandolin though tunes like “Mexico 1995,” “Forsaken Winds,” and “You Can’t Go Home Again,” a song inspired by Thomas Wolfe. www.tellicoband.com

  Excavator
STEPHANIESĬD

Pop-noir trio stephaniesĭd’s fi fth album is nothing short of a musical meditation. Singer Stephanie Morgan leaps out of a scratchy violin intro, quickly transforming a quiet monologue into an electrifi ed incantation. The album is underscored by classical violin and cello, piano, heavy drums, and sweeping, symphonic crescendos. www.stephaniesid.com

  Equinox
ZOE & CLOYD

You may know fi ddler Natalya Zoe Weinstein and banjo and guitar player John Cloyd Miller from their band Red June. Now, this husband-and-wife duo has released their debut duet album. Equinox features a blend of old-time-inspired instrumentals, original ballads, and standards like “Lost Love” and “Lazy Man Blues.” www.zoeandcloyd.com

  We All Stay Hungry
ANDREW SCOTCHIE & THE RIVER RATS

Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats’ second studio album marks an elemental step forward in the band’s hard-driving sound, with horns backing up all but one song—the anthemic acoustic title track—forming a funk-heavy rock ‘n’ roll experience. www.ashevilleriverrats.com