Acoustic Asheville: Sam Lewis and Scott McMahan

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sam Lewis has been dealing with past baggage by writing songs. Of “Southern Greek Tragedy,” off Lewis’s self-titled debut, Xpress writer Max Miller said, “It’s just one prime example of Lewis’ honest lyrical inquiries into the pillars of human hardship, among which are others familiar to Southern music: heartbreak, the passage of time, and unshakeable wanderlust. …Lewis’s lyrics and arrangements have some universal appeal, though not in the crassly commercial sense of modern pop-country. The straightforward authenticity of his lyrics are rooted in exposure to some of the past century’s best songwriters.”

Read more about Lewis here.

Lewis performed “Reinventing the Blues” in advance of his show.

And here, Scott McMahan performs “Let Me Stay the Night”:


Videos shot at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall by Jesse Hamm.

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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