Award-winning Appalachian musician Aaron Burdett will celebrate the release of his new album, Refuge, at Isis Music Hall on Friday, May 12. Refuge takes the rich history of mountain storytelling and refits it with modern-day quandaries and questions. “I tried to tell a compelling story with each [song] that is somehow personal to me, but still relatable to others. We also stripped down the production to make sure the writing and emotional content came through strongly,” Burdett says. Though many of the album’s tunes feature his full band, Burdett also took the opportunity to exhibit his strength on his own. “I think we did a good job of capturing the essence of the songs, and what I do solo on the numbers that were left more sparse.” The album release party begins at 9 p.m. $10/$12. isisasheville.com. Photo by Sandlin Gaither
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