Smart bets: Tia McGraff

If Americana seems like an invention of the United States, Canadian musician Tia McGraff reminds us that the genre extends its reach to the entire continent. McGraff’s most recent album, Crazy Beautiful, was recorded in Austin, Texas and Nashville as well as in southern Ontario. This 10-track collection includes contributions from Grammy-winning musicians Cindy Cashdollar, Dave Sanger (Asleep At The Wheel), Tommy Harden (Reba McEntire) and Dave Labruyere (John Mayer), according to a press release, and is “climbing the Americana Music Association chart in Nashville,” McGraff reports. Her single, “Baby’s Got a Banjo,” is at once gritty and evocative — a kind of “Black Velvet” for the 21st century. McGraff and collaborator Tommy Parham will perform at Jack of the Wood on Wednesday, Aug. 5, for an afternoon set. Showtime is 2 p.m., donations are encouraged. Photo courtesy of McGraff


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She 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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