Smart Bets: Chet Faker

Say you’re an Australian future-beat musician named Nicholas Murphy, and you’ve got a good, soul-tinged sound, except that people show up at your shows expecting to see some other Nick Murphy. You do the logical thing: Change your name to honor one of your jazz heroes. Yeah, Murphy’s not a jazz guy. But Chet Baker was known for his West Coast cool jazz and Chet Faker (Murphy’s stage persona) has been described as “wonderfully loungey.” There’s a legitimate trajectory. Plus, Murphy/Faker’s cover of Blackstreet's jazz-informed "No Diggity" went viral online and found its way to a Super Bowl commercial. His new single, “Melt,” is all swanky and sweaty and promises big things for Faker’s upcoming 2014 release. But first he opens for Bonobo (a regular visitor to Asheville) at The Orange Peel on Sunday, Nov. 17. 9 p.m., $20/$22. Image by Lisa Frieling Photography


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