Smart bets: Fred Eaglesmith

Most touring artists gather stories and experiences to fuel their writing while on tour, but Fred Eaglesmith also collects used deep fryer oil to power his converted 1990 tour bus. This feisty mentality pervades other aspects of Eaglesmith’s persona, making him the type to hand-draw his concert posters, hook audiences with a comical tale or sleep in a parking lot rather than a five-star hotel after each of his 270 annual gigs. Tambourine, Eaglesmith’s latest 11-track Latin-steeped rock creation, invokes the spirit of 1966 and attempts to capture the band’s live feel by recording all band members together. “The album is a walk through the garden of rock ‘n’ roll,” he says. The Grey Eagle hosts an evening with Eaglesmith on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. $15/$18. thegreyeagle.com. Image by Tweten’s Photography

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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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