Conscious Party: Deep River

REFLECTION ETERNAL: Country band Deep River celebrates 10 years in Asheville and 25 overall years of performing with a mix of originals and favorite covers at The Grey Eagle on Aug. 26. Proceeds from the show benefit the Asheville Humane Society.
REFLECTION ETERNAL: Country band Deep River celebrates 10 years in Asheville and 25 overall years of performing with a mix of originals and favorite covers at The Grey Eagle on Aug. 26. Proceeds from the show benefit the Asheville Humane Society. Photo by Frank Zipperer

WHAT: A benefit concert for the Asheville Humane Society

WHEN: Saturday, Aug, 26, 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave.

WHY: It’s no coincidence that country band Deep River’s 25 years of performing line up with the quarter-century that married members Sharon Lewis and Sandy Howard have been together.

“Being the heart and soul of the band — meaning the other personnel have changed over the years, of course — it’s just been a natural extrapolation of our own aspiration,” Lewis says. “It’s something that’s deeply a part of our soul.”

The musicians commemorate that anniversary and their 10 years in Asheville on Saturday, Aug. 26, along with guest artists that bring the ensemble to eight pieces. The evening’s setlist also has a celebratory vibe to it with a focus on country music of the 1980s and ‘90s.

“For us, that’s our personal golden era of country music. We bring a little of our own love and passion for the artists and the songs of those 20 years,” Lewis says. “We also bring some of our own original material from our decade in Nashville…and it’s a real joy for us to bring hits of two artists that really inspired us earlier in our musical lives: the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt.”

Deep River played a benefit show for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in early December and, as a way of being fair to the Asheville Humane Society, decided to have the anniversary show’s proceeds go to the latter organization. With the subsequent announcement that Brother Wolf is closing its adoption facility and moving it to its new Leicester sanctuary, Lewis says it’s “serendipitous” that her band is able to help AHS at a time when the shelter is facing additional pressure with regard to “an influx of dogs and cats that need rescuing and adoption.”

Deep River will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at The Grey Eagle. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show and may be purchased at the door and online at www.thegreyeagle.com

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Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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  1. Sharon Lewis

    On behalf of Deep River and the Asheville Humane Society, I’m very grateful to Edwin Arnaudin for featuring this Saturday’s benefit concert at The Grey Eagle in ‘Conscious Party’ this week, and I want to clarify that Sandy’s and my bandmates who are also dear friends include vocalist Joan D’Entremont (10 years) pedal steel/dobro/rhythm guitarist Gerry Brown (10 years) drummer Justin Watt (9 years) and lead guitarist Alec Fehl (in his 2nd year); our special musician guests for this benefit concert include new friends, Bob Bencze on keys and Joe Trimbach on fiddle and mandolin. Former Deep River lead guitarist and member of the Deep River family, Rich Hendricks, will also be making an appearance.

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