Smart bets: Vincent Cross

Vincent Cross’ first listen to a bootleg Bob Dylan tape was among the most impactful moments of his teens. Inspired by the simplicity of the acoustic guitar, plus socially charged lyrics to counter the pop fluff he was used to, Cross became an informal scholar of the many American folk and blues musicians preceding him. And, with his ears brimming by graduation, he began a years-long nomadic European existence centered on writing and performing his own tunes. Cross eventually attracted bandmates, but the New Yorker-by-way-of-Australia’s 2016 album, Old Songs For Modern Folk, restores his stripped-down solo beginnings. Current issues like police brutality, immigration and foreign labor exploitation are presented with no audio effects or edits in this just-press-record collection. Cross plays from the album at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. $10. Image courtesy of the artist


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

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

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.