Smart bets: Malcolm Holcombe

“Humans are storytellers … some just damn liars,” says singer-songwriter and Western North Carolina native Malcolm Holcombe in his bio. “The truth lives beyond songs and poetry, fables, folklore weighed down by human embellishments, hearsay and emotions.” Those musings on his new album, Pitiful Blues, are heavy, but so is the 10-track song collection. Still, even with song names like “Savannah Blues” and “Another Despair,” the album is not without its moments of levity. Holcombe’s trademark growl is deftly matched by lithe melodies, gentle rhythms and shimmering strings tones that are more otherworldly than melancholy. Holcombe is a master of his craft, tirelessly traveling the world with his guitar. He plays a rare local show at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. Jared Tyler also performs. $12/$15. Photo by Ray Kennedy

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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