Sound Check: Balsa Gliders

“Raging against ourselves”

Last week, Charlotte/Raleigh/Philadelphia-based Balsa Gliders blew through town for an all-too-brief visit. Billed as the “World’s Most Over-Educated Band,” the Balsa Gliders met in college at UNC Chapel Hill, and though their professional lives have led to what they describe as “non-indie day jobs,” the band still makes time to get together, practice and craft new material.

In an interview with Xpress, before the group’s energetic set at The Odditorium, bassist Greg Jones (an Episcopal rector) joked that the band’s members are “very much the establishment,” and drummer Chuck Price (who works in a bank, and grew up in Asheville) added, “sometimes I feel like we’re raging against ourselves.” Jones and Price, with singer-songwriter Charles Marshall (a media lawyer), also talked about keeping the creative impetus going and remaining current in the regional music scene.

Here Marshall and keyboardist Mike Furguson (a surgeon), perform an acoustic version of “Star Of The Stars,” from the The Balsa Glider’s Photographic Friends EP. They plan to release a new album in 2014.

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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