Smart bets: Fruit Bats

BET Fruit Bats Press Photo 2 by Annie Beedy

A little over a year ago, Fruit Bats (the full-band project of singer-songwriter Eric D. Johnson) announced a reconfiguration of sort. In fact, the band is Johnson (with a rotating cast for live shows) — he’s called his very personal solo album, EDJ, released during the band’s hiatus, “a companion piece” to his Fruit Bats catalog. But the official return of the band launched auspiciously with a few new songs and a tour last fall, followed by the release of the album Absolute Lose. It’s Johnson’s treatise “on how to redefine oneself after tragedy,” according to the band’s bio. The musician stars as a deranged woodsman tracking a wily bear in the video for the adrenaline-and-banjo-fueled rocker, “Humbug Mountain Song,” from the record. It’s cinematic, weird and wonderful. Fruit Bats return to The Mothlight on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 9:30 p.m. Skylar Gudasz opens. $15. themothlight.com. Photo by Annie Beedy

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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