SoundTrack: The Blue Dragons

The Blue Dragons (whose lineup includes Xpress advertising director James Fisher on bass and vocals) recently released 5, a sultry, folk-rock-tinged EP. While this band doesn’t play out all too often, their EP is sure to convince more than a few listeners to catch a live show if, for no other reason, than the dusky, languid lead vocals of Sara Judy. Her signing is beautifully framed by the winsome, deliciously melancholy track “Leaves.” It’s a slow rocker, all hip-dipping and Grateful Dead reminiscent (and obviously that long-touring group is an influence — if the tastefully jammy solos aren’t evidence enough, a name check in “Picking Up the Pieces” should be). Fisher and guitarist/harmonica player/vocalist Ed Dewey share writing duties. Dewey’s themes seem a bit more retrospective while Fisher’s songs are nicely funky and dance-y. “Head In The Clouds” is a swanky, fun track with plenty of thick bass and shimmery cymbals. (Listen to that track, below.)
The Blue Dragons play Pisgah Brewing Company on Wednesday, July 28.

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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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  1. James Fisher

    Blue Dragons thank you for the review! Come on out to Pisgah Brewing Company next Wednesday the 28th. Show starts at 7pm, goes ’til 9-ish and is FREE…plus, Lobster Trap is out there w/ yummy crab cakes and other killah seafood…oh, and it is Pisgah Brew Co. Yep.

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