There’s definitely something of a theme to this, the first 30DO of the new year. All of the live music performances previewed this time are blues or jazz. One of the acts is local, and the others are nationally-touring artists who visit Asheville often, and with good reason. So take in a show or four, and enjoy the closest thing Asheville has to a tourist-free season. Happy New Year!
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Thursday, January 19, 8 p.m.
Door: $15 advance / $18 day of show
Stay tuned later this month when Musoscribe will feature both a review of the latest GA-20 album and an interview with the band. But don’t wait: get your tickets now for this show. These guys are the real deal, in the tradition of Hound Dog Taylor but with a contemporary bent. Ladycouch opens.
Artist: Larkin Poe
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Friday, January 20, 8 p.m.
Sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell are a rootsy duo, exploring the blues with a fresh and youthful perspective. The Grammy nominated pair got their start in Atlanta, but like so many before them, they’ve relocated to Nashville to make the most of their career. I reviewed their 2019 album Venom & Faith.
Artist: Firecracker Jazz Band
Venue: Jack of the Wood
Date: Saturday, January 28, 9 p.m.
Door: $ TBD (check with the venue)
This beloved Asheville band is an institution; their take on a century-old style somehow still feels current. I interviewed them around the time of the release of Return to the Twenties in, you guessed it, 2020.
Artist: Samantha Fish
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Sunday, January 29, 8 p.m.
Door: $25 advance / $30 day of show
This fiery guitarist always puts on a helluva show. Her stylistic palette is wide, and she draws upon all of it to create her inimitable style. I reviewed one of her albums way back in 2017, interviewed her later that year and then spoke with her again in 2020. Eric Johanson opens.
See you at the shows!