Country pop rocker Chris Carpenter first picked up a guitar at age 11 and shortly after extinguishing his 30th birthday candles felt a need to assuage his newfound existential unrest with “a little therapy.” Carpenter aims to reconnect with fans in 2015 by sharing the personal stories that inspired select musical works through posts on his website and other social media outlets. The relentlessly touring singer-songwriter will also turn over a new leaf by performing in Asheville for the first time, treating guests to a spectrum of upbeat anthems and heartfelt ballads — all tied together by six acoustic strings. The R Life event series, Marriot Hotels’ platform for intimately showcasing emerging artists, presents Carpenter in the Renaissance Asheville Hotel lobby on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Free. renaissanceasheville.com. Photo courtesy of the artist
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