Third Man Records signs a former Asheville busker

Third Man Records (that’s Jack White’s label) just announced that it will release the self-titled album by retro roots musician Pokey LaFarge this June.

LaFarge played Grey Eagle this past November, but it wasn’t the musician’s first time in Asheville. In fact, WNC deserves seem credit for LaFarge’s success. The troubadour, who honed his sound as a busker, met Ryan Koenig and Joey Glynn (two of the members of his band, the South City Three) on the streets of Asheville. (Adam Hoskins rounds out the quartet.)

Third Man calls Lafarge “one of their favorite musicians out there working today,” adding that he and his band “bring a focus and energy to the American Roots genre with infectious original material that sits at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing.”

A press release says, “Pokey’s next full length LP / CD (TMR 206), titled simply Pokey LaFarge (and produced by Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor), will be released in June — the perfect time for Pokey’s sun-blessed riverboat style. Look out for a single from the album, “Central Time,” to be released ahead of the full length in May.”

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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