Bye bye, Birthday Boy

Chris Lee, aka Birthday Boy (formerly of Kovacs & the Polar Bear) launches his debut album at the Emerald Lounge. This was also his farewell to Asheville show. The lineup includes members of Kovacs and singer/songwriter Kellin Watson.

If you follow Lee on Facebook, you can track his progress across the country to his new home in Portland, Or. On Thursday, he posted this missive:

“Lil’ update for ya. We’re in Twin Falls Idaho right now. Spent the night in Loveland, CO last night with Laura’s uncle and got to see her family’s cabin in Estes Park. (edge of Rocky Mountain National Park). It was amazing.

“Utah has, yet again, proven to be the prettiest place on Earth. I’m Going to make it a personal goal to make another trip out to the mountain range behind Ogden, UT some day soon. Wow.

“I’ve come to believe that the dismal stretch of I-80 running through Southern Wyoming is a poor representation of the state itself. Wyoming truckstops are to be avoided.

“Our 17 pound cat is Happy and sedated in the backseat for most of the ride. There’s a loud vibrating/buzzing noise that sounds like a pissed-off bumble bee coming from our roof-bag which we can neither pinpoint nor alleviate.

“Currently enjoying Tina Fey’s Bossypants audiobook, which she reads and is one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.

“Tom Petty’s Greatest Hits is probably the ONLY thing one should listen to while driving through the vast open highway of Western Kansas. Next stop Portland, Oregon. . . If our wagon can cross this river and our son survives the Typhoid Fever.”

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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