Just as a five o’clock rush hour died down on Wednesday, April 29, local musician Jason Brazzel began warming up. During his solo set, the singer and guitarist — a Mobile, Ala., native who moved to Asheville about two years ago — paired his sturdy rasp with peppy strums, covers with originals.
One man bent down, chasing a wind-blown dollar bill back into its new home, Brazzel’s brown cloth guitar case. Another pedestrian followed the melody from Pritchard Park to the busker’s corner of the sidewalk, tapping his cane to the beat upon arrival. Buskers, however innately transient, also boast a collective permanence in downtown Asheville.
Here’s Brazzel’s rendition of the Wood Brothers’ “Atlas,” a song he calls “too much fun to play.”