Preview: Music to Your Ears presents ‘Band on the Run’

Hosted by the Asheville Guitar Bar, a discussion series provides deeper understanding and greater enjoyment of classic albums and recording artists. Led by Asheville speaker, author and music journalist Bill Kopp, Music to Your Ears is an interactive experience that shines a light on important music and people. Music to Your Ears is a 90-minute conversation, held at the Guitar Bar, a music magnet in Asheville’s historic River Arts District. The December 6 event is a listening party and discussion focusing on Band on the Run, the classic, Grammy-winning 1973 album from Paul McCartney and Wings.

The fraught circumstances under which the album was made stand in contrast to the power and accessibility of the music. McCartney endured the sudden departure of nearly half his band, armed robbery, accusations of cultural appropriation and – though he didn’t know it at the time – the potential of contracting cholera. But along with wife Linda and band mate Denny Laine, he rallied, creating what today is looked upon as a height – possibly the pinnacle – of his post-Beatles creative output. The album featured three hit singles: “Jet,” “Helen Wheels” and the title track, but the rest of the album is superb as well, showcasing the qualities that have made McCartney one of the most successful songwriters of all time.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Paul McCartney and Wings’ iconic Band on the Run album, Bill Kopp’s Music to Your Ears takes an opportunity to explore this groundbreaking and massively successful album, one that helped get McCartney’s career back on track, setting him up for the globetrotting Wings Over the World Tour just a year and a half later.

Joined by special co-host (and fellow McCartney fanatic) Erik Mattox, Bill Kopp will play key tracks from Band on the Run along with other relevant recordings, helping to place the album in its historical and pop-cultural context. The evening is the latest installment of the popular Music to Your Ears discussion series, hosted by Asheville Guitar Bar and sponsored by AshevilleFM.

Music to Your Ears is Bill Kopp’s monthly discussion series hosted by Asheville Guitar Bar and co-sponsored by AshevilleFM. On the first Wednesday of each month, music enthusiasts gather to discuss an important album, artist or musical movement. An interactive evening, MTYE isn’t a lecture; it’s a discussion led by experts and designed to enrich the listening experience.

An avid record collector and researcher, Erik Mattox is host of The Uncola, the popular and long-running weekly program on AshevilleFM 103.3. On his show – Tuesdays at 8pm – Erik Mattox plays forgotten pop from the last 50 years, breathing new life into failed 45s and album cuts left behind. The UnCola debuted in 2009 and has been airing every Tuesday night ever since. He’s also a longtime board member at AshevilleFM, proud sponsor of Music to Your Ears.

WHAT: Music to Your Ears Discussion Series: Paul McCartney and Wings’ Band on the Run
WHO: Discussion led by music journalist/author Bill Kopp with co-host Erik Mattox
WHERE: Asheville Guitar Bar, 122 Riverside Dr., Suite D, Asheville
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30) $10 at the door / SEATING IS LIMITED