Asheville Symphony and local bands team up for an album

38-1100x734(Mountain XPress)  Singer-songwriter Matt Townsend usually performs with an acoustic guitar, either solo or with his band, The Wonder of the World. And he writes his songs for that configuration — drums and bass. But, he says, “a lot of times I’ll hear other parts.” A fully orchestrated tune is just a dream to many musicians, but that vision was realized for Townsend when the Asheville Symphony Orchestra tapped him for a collaborative album project. The eight-track record, The Asheville Symphony Sessions, will be released on Thursday, May 26, with a celebration at The Orange Peel.

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