Asheville is known for its dynamic music scene and has inspired countless musicians and their lyrics for decades. And since we happen to be hardcore music lovers who also rep our city, we felt obliged to bring you a collection of tunes from a kaleidoscope of musical styles that all thread stories of the mountains into their tracks. With mid-century and contemporary artists from varying genres, there are so many toe-tapping ways you can find your own slice of home through music.
So whether this is for doing errands or having an impromptu dance party, you’re cordially invited to get down and jam out to some of our featured songs. This is not an exhaustive list, so let us know if we missed any tunes containing that most lovely of words, Asheville. 🎶
🎧 “When You Get to Asheville” | Edie Brickell & Steve Martin | Perhaps the most iconic song to name-drop our fair mountain town comes from comedian + bluegrass virtuoso Steve Martin and alternative rock singer Edie Brickell.
🎧 “Hard Times” | Gillian Welch | One of Editor Brook’s all-time favorite singers (and songs), the award-winning Americana artist may be best known for her contributions to the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
🎧 “Ric Flair” I Killer Mike I Atlanta rapper (and one half of hip hop duo Run the Jewels) Killer Mike thrills my soul on the regular, especially when he incorporates audio of legendary wrestler Ric Flair shouting out Asheville into his tongue-twisting raps.