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Malcolm Holcombe, Mitch Hayes And 5k To Play This Weekend - Brevard, NC


December 14, 2017

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Malcolm Holcombe

Malcolm Holcombe takes the stage at 185 King St. Thursday night at 8 p.m. Holcombe is possessed by a singular sort of solitary genius that, like the novelist William Faulkner, is yet the voice of an entire region – the South–and even of a generation, though somehow transcendent of it, timeless. If true greatness moves from the particular to the universal, his music speaks for all of humanity while remaining entirely his own.

A North Carolina son of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Holcombe belongs to a tradition of bardic singer-songwriters that includes such legends as Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Gurf Morlix and David Olney. He is an acclaimed contemporary of Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle and has shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Richard Thompson, John Hammond and Leon Russell. Yet ,Holcombe stands apart, his soul-stirring lyrics are hill country high poetry, the music pure back roads. His musicianship is uncanny, like no other, as though he had invented the guitar.

Mitch Hayes plays Friday night at 8 p.m. Hayes is a talented singer/songwriter whose songs will take you on an emotional journey through timeless themes of love and loss, joy and sadness and social consciousness. His music has often been described as Americana with an attitude and is as eclectic as the creative influences that have helped to shape his writing through the years. The listener will hear hints of the classic singer/songwriters, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jim Croce, Cat Stephens, and even a little Neil Diamond or Warren Zevon. There will be elements of Folk, Rock, Country, Blues, traditional Bluegrass and once in a while, a bit of Reggae or Jazz.

5k is a guitar duo based in Denver, Colo., including lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Meghann Jordan, and lead guitar partner Matt Youngblood. Original music via Minneapolis-meets-Athens alterna-punk with strong 90s influence, particularly Dinosaur Jr., R.E.M. and Tom Petty.


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