The profiler

The Suspect: Sam Quinn and the Japan Ten

This band is the new project of former everybodyfields frontman Sam Quinn. According to Quinn, he has, “…somehow culled the talents of some of the region’s most talented musicians to play my whiney, three minute, tales of self-loathing and dismay.”  Earlier this summer, the Americana singer/songwriter released his solo debut, The Fake That Sunk a Thousand Ships; Paste magazine wrote, “…beautiful aching moments abound on this album.”

Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Saturday, Nov. 27.

RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Ryan Adams, Iron & Wine.

You Should Go If: Your social life would make Emily Dickinson look like a swinger; You do a nice job pulling off the lumberjack-dons-Groucho glasses look; You yo-yo between cayenne-pepper cleanses and a convenience-store diet; You have an irrational fear of … really succeeding in life.

The Suspect: Colt Ford

Raised near Athens, Ga., Ford tried his luck as a professional golfer before finding his calling in the music business. He started writing songs for up-and-coming hip-hop artists as well as country-music clients; he decided to blend the two genres and come out from behind the scenes to become a country rapper. His second studio release, Chicken and Biscuits, debuted at No. 8 on the country charts.

Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Saturday, Nov. 27.

RIYD: Charlie Daniels Band meets Kid Rock.

You Should Go If: Sometimes even a 64-ounce cup of sweet tea doesn’t seem like enough; You refuse to go anywhere where camouflage and cowboy hats aren’t welcome; Dating a stripper is on your bucket list; You have an irrational fear that … Bojangles may go out of business someday.

The Suspect: Bob Margolin

Legendary Blues guitarist Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin has been jamming for more than 40 years. His career took off in 1973 when he went to see a Muddy Waters show in Boston; Waters had just lost his longtime guitarist, and he hired Margolin to play in his band. Now Steady Rollin’ calls High Point home, and his most recent release is titled, In North Carolina.

Can Be Found: White Horse Black Mountain, Saturday, Nov. 27.

RIYD: Eric Clapton, Tommy Castro, John Mayall.

You Should Go If: You’re having a hard time enjoying the McRib knowing it’s just going to go away again; You never go anywhere without your distressed bomber jacket; You’re living proof that a mid-life crisis can last more than 20 years; You have an irrational fear of … being mistaken for a Republican.

The Suspect: Minus the Bear
This five-man band formed in Seattle in 2001 and earlier this year they released their ninth CD, Omni, produced by Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket, The White Stripes, The Shins.) They come to Asheville after touring through Europe, both solo and with Jimmy Eat World; frontman Jake Snider says, “The main thing we try to accomplish is putting something together that we’re going to enjoy playing forever. We always make sure that we want to hear the song as much as anybody else.”

Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Monday, Nov. 29.

RIYD: Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie.

You Should Go If: It’s starting to feel like you’re living out the comments teachers wrote on your report cards; You think people who take anti-depressants are cheating; You’re looking for a meditation style that only requires sixty second increments of attention; You have an irrational fear that … no one really gets you.

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