Smart Bets: Paleface

It’s kind of telling that when Paleface made the video for the song “Williamsburg Bridge,” it was set in North Carolina instead of New York. That’s because Paleface — the indie-folk duo of singer-songwriter/namesake Paleface and percussionist/vocalist Mo Samelot — are intricately linked to New York, but are based in North Carolina these days. And that seems right. It was in New York where Paleface hung out with Beck, The Moldy Peaches and Langhorne Slim. There, he learned from Daniel Johnston and was discovered, in 1990, by The Ramones’ manager Danny Fields. But the move to North Carolina in 2007 (kind of a location swap with friends The Avett Brothers) led to extensive touring and recording — including a forthcoming album. Paleface performs at Warren Wilson College on Friday, April 4, at 9 p.m. Free. Photo by Staton Carter

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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