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.