It’s time to rebuild the live music portfolio. There’s not much of a reason not to; I’m within a twenty-minute walk of three world-class music venues here in Asheville.
Stopped in at The Grey Eagle on September 6, 2022, to check out Amanda Shires – someone we have seen a few times over the years at various festivals with her band and playing in support of her husband’s (Jason Isbell) little side projects.
Honey Harper opened for Amanda with a young Allman-brother-meets-Roy-Orbison sound, all furnished in a fantastic mustache. This tour, and this particular show, is the first live performance by the band since late 2019. Playing mostly old stuff from their album, the band tested out Broken Token, the first single off their upcoming album Honey Harper and the Infinite Sky.
Amanda Shires took the stage a little after nine. Like Honey Harper, she hasn’t been on the road with her band since the pre-pandemic days. She played with the 400 Unit and a few small shows (the one I attended last was a frosty evening at a parking-lot event in Maggie Valley in October 2020). She pulled out all the classics – Parking Lot Pirouette and Break out the Champagne – and heavily played through some of her new album Take It Like A Man.
The Grey Eagle is a notoriously dark venue, so this was a good chance to see how the G7X did in low light. You can see the full gallery here.