Smart Bets: Ten Hollow

Asheville’s own Ten Hollow make the kind of rock we music critics are trained to hate. The singing of Dave Dribbon settles into the middle ground between Rod Stewart’s raspy melodrama and Edwin McCain’s form-fitted warble. The arrangements are all strident guitars, shimmery organ and wilting pedal steel. They move with unfettered simplicity and uninhibited energy. It’s a style that’s been ruined by a litany of Ten Hollow’s forebears, which makes the charming accessibility of the band’s new Remember Your Smiles EP a breath of unexpectedly fresh air. “I Know I Was Wrong” embeds a bramble of twisting riffs below its straightforward acoustic veneer. “Long Long Gone” showcases Dribbon’s range as he drops the rasp in a bleary acoustic ballad complete with female harmony. Ten Hollow release the EP at the Lexington Avenue Brewery on Saturday, May 19 alongside Taylor Martins Engine. 10 p.m., $5

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