Smart bets: Buncombe Turnpike

Asheville bluegrass band Buncombe Turnpike is celebrating the release of its sixth album, They Passed it Down. Though members of the troupe have been performing together for two decades, they still have something new to share. “The songs on this project are all different — no two songs sound like each other. That is something that we try hard to accomplish,” says founder, bassist and lead vocalist Tom Godleski, noting that the album’s tunes range from love songs to murder ballads. When it came time to choose a title track, one stood out. “[It’s] about how mountain music is passed down from generation to generation,” Godleski explains. The traditional tunes will fill the air at Highland Brewing Co.’s meadow on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m. Free. Photo by Gary Peeples

About Emily Glaser
Writer scribbling away in the shaky lines of the mountains.

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