Drunken Prayer celebrates CD release at The LAB

Old-school Ashevillians may remember Morgan Christopher Geer as frontman of the seminal ‘90s outfit The Merle; newer residents have probably caught wind of his current projects The Unholy Trio and Drunken Prayer (both have a tradition of Asheville holiday shows). Regardless of how you know him, it’s clear that the prolific songwriter has kept one foot in Asheville since moving to Portland in the early aughts, and rumor has it that we’ll soon have him all to ourselves again. Geer’s decision to celebrate the release of Drunken Prayer’s latest effort, Into the Missionfield, with a performance at The LAB only fuels that speculation. The album, as with most of his work, is a dark and powerful mishmash of outlaw country twang and electric rock blustering, tempered with just enough pop (and the occasional spattering of horns) to keep Geer’s gruff delivery inviting. Tonight, help remind the former local what he’s been missing when Drunken Prayer takes the stage of The LAB’s back room, 39 N. Lexington Ave.

10 p.m. $5.

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