War on Drugs, Devon Allman, Del McCoury, Maren Morris

Grammy-winning rock band The War on Drugs have long loved Asheville.

The band, which will play at 7 p.m. on June 15 at the Rabbit Rabbit, has been performing in town for more than a decade.

“Asheville has been a very important place for our band,” said band leader and vocalist Adam Granduciel. “We first played there was at the Transfiguration Festival in 2008 for Harvest Records and we fell in love with Asheville. We’ve been back several times and played Gray Eagle and loved Asheville so much we spent a lot of time recording at Echo Mountain (Studios) for our Slave Ambient and Lost In The Dream records, and we’ve played The Orange Peel. Our bassist Dave (Hartley) now lives in Asheville. So, it’s just one of those places where our whole career has been an important place. A lot of memories.

Granduciel and his bandmates began touring extensively in January in support of their latest album, “I Don’t Live Here Anymore,” which was released last October. The album made several year-end best-of lists and garnered extensive reviews, and each song has been streamed over 2 million times each on Spotify.

Granduciel was a little worried about how the band would play some of the more complex new songs live, but tracks like “I Don’t Wanna Wait”, “Living Proof” and “Victim” fell into the “sweet spot”. ” of the group. said Granduciel.

The War on Drugs has played more than 70 shows, he said, since the start of the year, beginning its tour as the country battles the omicron variant of COVID-19.

“It was clear that everyone wanted to be there,” he said of the fans. “The days when we had to prove ourselves or feel like some people were there because they heard it might be good, it all went out the window. People were there to see our group and that relaxed me a bit.

The War on Drugs, which also features Robbie Bennett (keyboards), Charlie Hall (drums), Jon Natchez (saxophone, keyboards), Anthony LaMarca (guitar) and Eliza Hardy Jones (keyboards), won the Grammy for Best Rock Album in 2017 Granduciel had started work on “I don’t live here anymore”, just before winning the prize.

“After a year, when I had a lot of material, I felt pretty good, not about whether or not I was going to get a Grammy,” he said, “but about following up on a record popular with material that I thought was an improvement and was a good reflection of what the band has become.

Morris plays Rabbit Rabbit

Maren Morris performs during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif. on Friday, April 29, 2022.

Singer Maren Morris burst onto the country music scene with a self-released EP in 2015 and a Grammy win in 2016 for “My Church.” Morris then transitioned into the pop world as a vocalist on the track “The Middle.”

Now she’s one of music’s brightest stars, and her March album, titled “Humble Quest,” reached No. 2 on the country charts.

She will perform at 7 p.m. on June 10 at the Rabbit Rabbit with Brent Cobb opening the evening.

Gregg Allman’s son Devon brings the project to town

Devon Allman is performing at this year's Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

The Devon Allman Project brings together a wide range of great Southern music, from the Allman Brothers Band to solo material from his father, Gregg, to Devon’s own music.

This night of entertaining rock and roll comes to town when The Devon Allman Project plays at 7 p.m. June 12 at Salvage Station with opening act Ross Osteen Band. The band includes the two drummers of the Allman Betts Band, bass, organ and piano Hammond B3, and another guitarist.

The Americana duo play Isis

The husband and wife duo of KP and Johnny Hawthorn, who perform as The HawtThorns, have been in the music business for years before releasing their debut album in 2019.

The duo, who moved to Nashville from California, recently released a second record, titled “Tarot Cards and Shooting Stars,” and are touring in support of their Americana music.

The HawtThorns will play at 7 p.m. on June 11 at Isis Music Hall.

Bluegrass legend performs at Black Mountain

Del McCoury backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022.

Del McCoury is one of the most recognized names and voices in bluegrass. McCoury, who was born in North Carolina, is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

One of his first big breaks was playing with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. But he has been performing with his sons since the 1980s.

The Del McCoury Band will play at 7 p.m. June 11 at Silverado’s in Black Mountain.

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