Smart bets: Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters

After releasing EPs in 2013 and 2014, Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters are touring the band’s first full-length album Midwest Heart/Southern Blues — a 10-song collection “full of characters who were developed while staring over the dash of a beat-up Ford van, cruising through towns in the South and Midwest,” according to a press release. Tracks are fueled with spirited attitude, though, lyrically, Dittmeier spends significant time imagining the goings on of a less-than-glamorous existence: romantic separation, uninspiring jobs, lingering debt and a “wind-beat trailer with a kicked-in door.” Perhaps it’s those sore subjects that temper the Louisville, Ky.-based quartet’s lively sound with some Southern scruff. The independent musicians play a free show at One Stop Thursday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 p.m. ashevillemusichall.com. Photo courtesy of the band

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About Kat McReynolds
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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