Smart bets: Christopher Paul Stelling

New York-based singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling has been having a pretty great year. His new album, Labor Against Waste, was released to much acclaim. He played an NPR “Tiny Desk Concert” and (almost as awesome) made his network TV debut. And then he went and topped it all by proposing to his longtime girlfriend at the end of his set at the Newport Folk Festival. And even if you think folky singer-songwriters aren’t your thing, Stelling is not only a great finger-style guitar picker and foot stomper, his songs are thoughtful, passionate and solid. Plus, before all of this success, he lived for a time in Asheville — which makes his Thursday, Sept. 3, show at The Mothlight a homecoming as much as a tour stop. Hannah Kaminer opens. 9 p.m. $8. themothlight.com. Photo by Jenn Sweeney

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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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