This edition of 30 Days Out takes a look at a well-known and beloved national touring act as well as some lesser-known artists whose work is well worth investigation.
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Friday, March 17, 9 p.m.
Thoughtful inspired and inspirational music is at the core of what Satsang does. The indie band from Montana draws on hip-hop, reggae and more to craft their sound. Listeners who appreciate Michael Franti and (forgive me) the noodle-dancing crowd will likely find a lot within Satsang’s music that resonates with them.
Artist: Sawyer Fredericks
Venue: AyurPrana Listening Room
Date: Friday, March 24, 8 p.m.
Door: $25 advance / $30 day of show
If I told you a 23-year-old white singer-songwriter from Connecticut chose folk-blues as his preferred musical idiom, you might look upon the idea with some skepticism. If I told you said individual was a contest winner on The Voice, one of your eyebrows might elevate just a bit. But Sawyer Fredericks does exist, and to date he has release four albums and an EP. And critical reception has been guardedly positive.
Artist: Tedeschi Trucks Band
Venue: Asheville Civic Center
Date: Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m.
Door: $39 and up
In one sense, TTB is carrying on a pair of traditions: the legacy of the Allman Brothers and the spirit of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tours. But of course the group /collective is more than that; it’s a vehicle for the artistry of the married couple who leads it, and of the deep bench of talent within. The group’s latest multi-part work is head-spinningly awesome. Read more about the band via my interviews with Susan Tedeschi (here and here) and an older interview with Derek Trucks.
Artist: The Winery Dogs
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 8 p.m.
You may or may not be old enough, gentle reader, to remember an era when supergroups roamed the Earth. Simply defined, a supergroup is an aggregation peopled with individuals who have achieved notability/fame on their own before joining the group. So as great as Led Zeppelin was – and while they were clearly a super group, a supergroup they were not. Cream, on the other hand, was. And – speaking of trios – so are the Winery Dogs: Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan have each achieved well-deserved fame prior to launching this project in 2012. Their third album, the cleverer-than-its-title III was released in February.
As always, support live music. See you at the show!