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By Edwin Arnaudin
Backstage Pass 

Riyen Roots Sings To Keep The Blues Alive – Brevard NC


Last updated 1/28/2013 at 8:52am

Blues artist Riyen Roots will perform Thursday, Jan. 31, at 185 King Street. (Courtesy photo)

Smooth guitar licks and a passionate respect for the history of blues music have helped established Ashe-ville’s Riyen Roots as a modern ambassador of the revered form. Thursday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m., he and Brevard guitarist Brian Phillips will bring those strong traditions to 185 King St. as they host the monthly Blues Power Jam, bringing with them a handful of notable regional guests.

In speaking with Backstage Pass, Roots offered insight on his chosen field, digging deep for his answers. As open and soulful as his instrumentation, his reflections bode well for an evening of powerful...

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