About Us

Established in 2004 by local musicians Grant Cuthbertson and Jeff Knorr, Asheville Backline got its start at the former CollapsAble Recording Studio on Haywood Road. As the studio’s reach grew beyond West Asheville, the duo found themselves fulfilling an increasing number of local rental requests — from single amps to complete band packages. Inventory grew, and Asheville Backline was born.

About usAfter a decade in business, the two closed CollapseAble and began building a catalogue of beautifully maintained instruments for rent. With this renewed focus, Asheville Backline became a trustworthy and respected backline vendor for Western North Carolina.

2017 brought a reshaping of the company following the sudden passing of Jeff Knorr, a beloved pillar of the local music community. Grant carried the torch for several years until refocusing his efforts on playing music, pursuing real estate and a career shift.

About usIn September 2020, amid the pandemic and a shutdown of the music industry, Asheville Backline was officially sold to a team of friends with 50+ years of backline experience. We want to say thank you to the original founders and their families for creating a trusted brand held in high regard. We will strive to continue the excellent service you have provided this wonderful music scene for the last 16 years.

The team would like to say thank you to the original founders and their families for creating a popular brand held in such high regard. We will continue to bring something professional and unique to a burgeoning city full of creatives. You are growing and we will grow with you striving to continue the excellent service you have come to expect from Asheville Backline.


Meet the new team


Bryan Akers

Owner / Managing Partner

Jack Prince

Owner / Branch Manager

Tony Clarke

Owner / Sales Manager

Jill Prince

Owner / CFO