Smart Bets: Brian McGee

Photo: Greg Pallante 2013

“By the time every 30-something punk dude and their mom had picked up an acoustic guitar and started singing ‘This Land is Your Land,’ Brian had found his way back up to the East Coast, this time to Asbury Park, N.J.,” says the bio of songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and former Ashevillean Brian McGee. The Philadelphia native moved north a couple of years ago, reuniting with Plow United, the pop-punk band of his misspent youth. With that group he recorded 2013′s Marching Band, then went on to make his third solo album, Ruin Creek. It “combines punk brevity with rain-streaked folk minimalism.” Find out exactly what that sounds like when McGee returns to Asheville on Saturday, May 3. He plays The Odditorium with May Early and Chris Head. 9 p.m., $5. ashevilleodditorium.com. Photo by Greg Pallante

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About Alli Marshall
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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