Smart bets: The Appleseed Collective

The Appleseed Collective’s sound is just off-center enough to keep listeners leaning forward and hanging on for what’s next. Roots and gypsy influences churn beneath the surface, but it’s a galloping, gritty energy that binds plenty of other leanings — guttural chants, nearly spoken-word jazz, globally sourced embellishments and more — to each link of the Michigan band’s eclectic whole. That mix stems from wild variances in each player’s creative outlook: Guitarist Andrew Brown was raised by a Motown session musician; violinist and mandolinist Brandon Worder-Smith hitchhiked for over a year, exploring sonic America; upright bassist Eric O’Daly doubles as a steward of Indian classical music; and multipercussionist Vince Russo does his creative work on a vintage washboard. The group plays Pisgah Brewing Co. on Thursday, June 30, at 8 p.m. Free. pisgahbrewing.com. Photo by Benjamin Weatherston

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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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