Smart Bets: Noah Proudfoot and the Botanicals

Just over two years have passed since Asheville’s Noah Proudfoot released his debut full-length album, Sing Sweet World. In the interim, he’s toured and played festivals backed by a full band known as The Botanicals. According to Proudfoot, they’ve been “learning new songs and putting a fresh coat of paint on older ones,” and are ready to release their first recorded material. Produced by Peter Brownlee (Midnight Snack), the five-song EP Travel Light combines blues guitar, steel pan drums and an active rhythm section while “exploring themes of adventure, simple joys and beauty amidst brokenness.” The band plays a CD release show on Friday, Aug. 24, at Asheville Music Hall. The night begins at 9 with opening sets from a pair of fellow local acts: indie-pop/soul band Hustle Souls and neo-soul rockers Sister Ivy. $10. Photo courtesy of the band

About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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