Ben Phan and Alexa Rose
Ben Phan and Alexa Rose will play the Grey Eagle on Saturday.

Ben Phan with Alexa Rose at the Grey Eagle on Saturday is going to be a fun show. Here’s the press release:

Popular​ ​Asheville​ ​musicians​ ​Ben​ ​Phan​ ​and​ ​Alexa​ ​Rose​ ​will​ ​offer​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​blend​ ​of original​ ​music​ ​on​ ​Jan.​ ​6,​ ​backed​ ​by​ ​Phan’s​ ​dynamic​ ​band,​ ​the​ ​Soul​ ​Symphony.​ ​

The​ ​concert​ ​will​ ​feature​ ​new versions​ ​of​ ​both​ ​Phan’s​ ​and​ ​Rose’s​ ​original​ ​songs,​ ​with​ ​crowd-pleasing​ ​harmonies,​ ​fiery​ ​improvisation,​ ​and​ ​an openness​ ​to​ ​new​ ​ideas.​ ​​ ​The​ ​show​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Grey​ ​Eagle,​ ​185​ ​Clingman​ ​Ave.,​ ​Asheville,​ ​at​ ​8​ ​pm, with​ ​doors​ ​opening​ ​at​ ​7​ ​pm. (Tickets here.)

“Playing​ ​music​ ​with​ ​great​ ​artists​ ​is​ ​a​ ​conversation​ ​where​ ​anything​ ​can​ ​happen,​ ​and​ ​often​ ​something​ ​new​ ​and amazing​ ​does,”​ ​says​ ​Phan.​

​“I’ve​ ​admired​ ​Alexa’s​ ​music​ ​for​ ​a​ ​long​ ​time,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​will​ ​be​ ​great​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​live, musical​ ​dialogue​ ​and​ ​play​ ​fresh​ ​versions​ ​of​ ​our​ ​songs​ ​together.”

Rose adds,​ ​”I’m​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​with​ ​one​ ​of​ ​Asheville’s​ ​most​ ​captivating​ ​and​ ​well-composed​ ​songwriters and​ ​his​ ​stellar​ ​band.​ ​The​ ​concert​ ​will​ ​be​ ​exactly​ ​a​ ​year​ ​after​ ​my​ ​album​ ​release​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Grey​ ​Eagle,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​will be​ ​great​ ​to​ ​create​ ​new​ ​takes​ ​on​ ​old​ ​songs​ ​with​ ​these​ ​unique,​ ​virtuoso​ ​players.”

Phan’s​ ​original​ ​music​ ​is​ ​a​ ​blend​ ​of​ ​gypsy​ ​jazz,​ ​bluegrass,​ ​classical,​ ​and​ ​folk,​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​synthesis​ ​all​ ​his​ ​own. His​ ​first​ ​album,​ ​Dreams​ ​in​ ​Modern​ ​Folk,​ ​was​ ​drawn​ ​from​ ​his​ ​experiences​ ​hiking​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​Pacific​ ​Crest Trail​ ​in​ ​2014,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​his​ ​past​ ​struggles​ ​with​ ​depression,​ ​addiction,​ ​loss​ ​and​ ​love.​ ​

After​ ​a​ ​Kickstarter campaign​ ​that​ ​smashed​ ​all​ ​expectations,​ ​Phan​ ​and​ ​his​ ​group​ ​the​ ​Soul​ ​Symphony​ ​recorded​ ​their​ ​new​ ​album at​ ​the​ ​studio​ ​of​ ​two-time​ ​Grammy​ ​award-winning​ ​producer​ ​Matt​ ​Williams.​ ​The​ ​album​ ​title​ ​Fear​ ​is​ ​the Teacher​ ​serves​ ​as​ ​its​ ​theme,​ ​conveying​ ​the​ ​freedom​ ​Phan​ ​has​ ​found​ ​as​ ​an​ ​artist​ ​by​ ​embracing​ ​his​ ​fear​ ​and transforming​ ​its​ ​teachings​ ​into​ ​music.

Rose​ ​crafts​ ​clever​ ​lyrics​ ​and​ ​boot-tapping​ ​mountain​ ​magic​ ​in​ ​her​ ​own​ ​brand​ ​of​ ​modern​ ​folk.​ ​She​ ​spent​ ​her formative​ ​years​ ​curating​ ​original​ ​music​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Blue​ ​Ridge,​ ​releasing​ ​two​ ​albums​ ​in​ ​her​ ​early​ ​twenties.​ ​Her latest​ ​full-length​ ​release,​ ​Low​ ​and​ ​Lonesome,​ ​written​ ​on​ ​a​ ​hand-me-down​ ​guitar​ ​from​ ​her​ ​mother,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​toast to​ ​Rose’s​ ​heritage,​ ​and​ ​its​ ​anthem-like​ ​chorus​ ​haunts​ ​the​ ​listener​ ​with​ ​a​ ​somberness​ ​evocative​ ​of​ ​Gillian Welch.​ ​Her​ ​band​ ​currently​ ​tours​ ​under​ ​the​ ​moniker​ ​Alexa​ ​Rose​ ​&​ ​The​ ​Midnight​ ​Stringbird,​ ​and​ ​delivers heartfelt​ ​performances​ ​with​ ​stringed​ ​instruments​ ​and​ ​warm​ ​family-style​ ​harmonies.


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