Smart bets: Weyes Blood

“The one word Natalie Mering uses to describe her music is ‘American,’ because for her, it can encompass everything and nothing all at once — it gets at the heart of what it means to try to do something truly muscular and unique.” This is according to Vogue, when the magazine debuted “Some Winters.” That track is from The Innocents — the sophomore album by Mering’s project, Weyes Blood. The performance name references a novel by Flannery O’Connor, and it’s likely that the Southern Gothic author would have approved of Mering’s lush, sweeping and haunting piano pop-noir. The album, Mering told Vogue, is about “having a really rough winter.” Tough topic, beautiful music. Weyes Blood makes a stop at Tiger Mountain on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 9 p.m. Mendocino also performs. Photo by Shawn Brackbill

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli 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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