Smart Bets: Bombadil

Bombadil - 2014

Back in 2009, just before Durham-based folk-pop outfit Bombadil released Tarpits and Canyonlands, bassist Daniel Michalak was diagnosed with neural tension. The condition made it impossible for him to brush his teeth, let alone play an instrument. The tour was canceled and the album kind of fizzled. Happily, after years of treatment, Michalak and his bandmates were able to go on the road again in 2012. This June, Ramseur Records will re-release Tarpits and Canyonlands in a special double-vinyl limited-edition run, complete with printed lyrics and a download code for a bonus track. The band is performing songs from that album on its current tour, which stops at The Mothlight on Saturday, May 31, at 9:30 p.m. The Toothe also performs. $8. themothlight.com. Photo by Todd Cooper

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Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs.

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