Smart bets: The Slide Brothers

Most musicians are lucky to get props for shredding or ripping or killing it. But Nashville/Atlanta/Rochester N.Y.-based blues, rock and soul act The Slide Brothers have been dubbed “godfathers of the electric church,” “masters of the sacred steel” and “the greatest living musicians who embody the sacred steel tradition.” Aubrey Ghent, Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell and Darick Campbell carry on the musical tradition that was, according to the band’s bio, “introduced to church services by Willie Eason [Ghent’s uncle] in the 1930s.” Blues fans took interest in the slide guitar, which led to the secular world’s discovery of  “an even more potent brand of slide guitar being performed on pedal steel instruments. …a rich, uniquely American art form unspoiled by commercialism.” Following the release of acclaimed album Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers, the band has supported the likes of Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, JJ Grey & Mofro and Robert Randolph & The Family Band. The Slide Brothers play Asheville Music Hall on Saturday, July 5, at 9 p.m. $20/$25. Photo courtesy of the band

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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