Smart Bets: Nick Stubblefield

Asheville has had its share of prodigies. Like Jack Devereux, who built his own bagpipes at age 17. Or the entire Skinny Legs and All band. And then there's Asheville native Nick Stubblefield who (according to an email he sent to Xpress) started "gigging around town from age 9 through the end of high school with my family band, The Stubblepuppies.” As a high schooler, he was invited by The International Jazz Festival Lapataia in Punta del Este, Uruguay, to perform. Now, at the wise-old age of 24, he can be heard adding to local recordings (Darien's New Elements), playing with A Social Function and dropping his own jazz/blues/pop record Foolish Fantasy. Stubblefield holds a CD-release party at White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, Jan. 6. 8 p.m., $10.


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