30 Days Out: a look at upcoming concerts

BETWEEN YOU AND ME: An important part of rock's late '70s rebirth, Graham Parker is in the pantheon of rock singer-songwriters that includes Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello. He remains a vital songwriter and performer today, variously working solo, in a duo with Rumour guitarist Brinsley Schwarz, and with bands. Parker's current tour is solo and acoustic, and includes a rare Asheville date at the Diana Wortham Theatre, April 28. Photo by Lawrence Watson

Twice monthly, my 30 Days Out column spotlights upcoming music shows and events of note, shining a light into some less well-lit corners, where some fascinating artists schedule performances. I do my best to give ample advance notice so that you can adjust your budget and calendar in a way that lets you get to the show.

The next 30 days of music in Asheville are characteristically eclectic. You can enjoy an all-(local)-star tribute to a country legend, an excellent local singer-songwriter, a touring female-led indie band and a fiery British songwriter whose best work ranks up there with Springsteen and Dylan.

Artist: Graham Parker
Venue: Diana Wortham Theatre
Date: Sunday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Door: $29.50-$35.50
Graham Parker’s studio albums are highly revered; that’s especially true of his late 1970s output and his releases of this decade, many made with The Rumour backing him up. But it’s worth noting that the British songwriter, who came to prominence in the pub rock/new wave era, has released more than 20 live albums. That fact says something about the power of the man’s onstage performance. His local date is one show you shouldn’t miss. Adam Ezra opens.

Artist: Sing Me Back Home: The Songs of Merle Haggard
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m.
Door: $10 advance / $12 day of show
Merle Haggard was a giant of country music, helping define two subgenres: the Bakersfield sound and outlaw country. Even though he rarely played by the rules of the commercial country music machine, he’s rightly been lionized as one of the form’s most important figures. A who’s who of locally-based musicians — most of whom are female — pay tribute to the man’s music in this special performance. Acts include Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters, Cyndi Lou & The Want To, The Old Chevrolette Set, Hearts Gone South, Vaden Landers and Brody Hunt & The Handfulls. Proceeds benefit the Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture.

Artist: Taylor Martin
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m.
Door: $10
This Asheville singer-songwriting-guitarist recently released Song Dogs, an eclectic set of originals with a few interestingly chosen covers. The album doesn’t neatly fit into any one genre, but Taylor’s raspy vocals and sterling guitar work are the glue that holds the collection of songs together. The Melody Trucks Band opens.

Artist: The Wild Reeds
Venue: The Mothlight
Date: Saturday, April 20, 9 p.m.
Door: $15 advance / $18 day of show
A group that rocks, comes up with catchy songs and features heartfelt, grown-up subject matter is rare indeed. The Wild Reeds are remarkable because the group has three songwriting lead singers. It just so happens that all three are women. The L.A.-based band is sometimes classified as indie-folk. I’d say that’s only half right; they’re indie, but any folk textures that remain on Cheers, the band’s third and latest full-length, manifest themselves in the close harmony vocals. Definitely worth watching and hearing. Valley Queen opens.

You may also enjoy: With way more than 2,750 entries and nearly 700 interviews, my Musoscribe blog features new content — features, reviews and more — every single day. A proud tradition, now in its 10th year. My book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon, published by Rowman & Littlefield, is available now.


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Bill Kopp
Author, music journalist, historian, collector, and musician. His first book, "Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon," published by Rowman & Littlefield, is available now. Follow me @the_musoscribe

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

One thought on “30 Days Out: a look at upcoming concerts

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.