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Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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If you’re betting on still being around on Dec. 22, you don’t have plans, and you’re a fan of hometown singer-songwriter turned major recording artist David Wilcox…

Just be the first commenter on this post for two tickets to the show.

Only commenters who have not won anything from Ashvegas in the last 30 days are eligible to win. Please use your correct first and last name in your comment, so we know who to hold your tickets for.

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David Wilcox: Concert For The End of The World

Saturday, Dec. 22

From the Grey Eagle:

That’s right, it’s a Concert For the End of the World, taking place the day *after* the world is slated to end. Have you seen the T-Shirts and heard the song? You can check them out here. This is a real show and it’s definitely happening – pending the not end of the world. Won’t you be relieved to be at *this* particular show? We know we will. And if the world does, indeed, end, missing a Wilcox show will be the least of our worries, no?

Well, we dodged a bullet on May 21, 2011… but in honor of the next big End of the World prediction, December 21, 2012, when the Mayan Calendar stops and the world is slated to end along with it, we’re staging The Concert For the End of The World, scheduled for December 22, 2012 in Asheville NC at The Grey Eagle. Fully NON-refundable (in the event of actual End Of World) tickets are available: here It’ll be good, world ending fun! Hope you can join us.


David Wilcox is not himself lately. I should know – that guy is me. I’ve been David Wilcox all my life, so it’s strange to hear what Reverie, the new David Wilcox CD, sounds like. The David Wilcox I knew didn’t want to risk being misunderstood, so his songs were more like memoirs than novels. But these songs have some real characters in them.

What happened? All I can say is that I love following where the music leads. My intention is not to be tricky. I just like how a short song can start a long conversation. I enjoy seeing new landscapes and perspectives, and these songs are like pictures I take on my travels Some are from wild points of view and that’s why I like them. And yes, there are also some songs on this new CD that speak straight from the heart just like the old David Wilcox always used to do, but this time he’s surrounded by an interesting cast of characters.

I’ve made a bunch of records before getting to this one. 16 have been released prior to ‘Reverie’, starting in 1987 with a disc called ‘Nightshift Watchman’. That was followed up by a trio of discs on A&M Records, 2 each on Koch Records and Vanguard, (A&M and Vanguard both later released compilations as well), and my last 6 discs have all been released through What Are Records?

Some musicians travel in order to play music, but I guess I’m the opposite. I play music in order to travel. I was a traveler first. For the first decade of my travels, I loved seeing different communities as I was riding my bicycle all over the world. I’ve got pictures and memories of great adventures from back when I was traveling light. All I wanted back then was something to give back. I wanted a way to meet my tribe, find friends along the way. Music has been a way to offer a better trade for all the inspiration I get from the people and places I visit.

For more than twenty years now, I have been following the navigation I get from music. I love to follow where music leads, not geographically, but emotionally. One of my first songs, GONE TO SANTA FE, I wrote long before I traveled there. It sounds like a love song for a woman who dares me to come with her on an adventure, but that’s just a way to sing what music has been for me. And now, twenty four years later, there is a new song on the latest recording about going to Ireland. No, I haven’t been yet, but through writing the song, I set my heart on what I really want to find there. Not a tourist vacation, but rather an experience that wakes up my spirit. Music has always given me a hint of a point of view that is beyond my horizon.

Between those two songs, there are decades of others that also chart the course of my adventure. There are some that led to specific cities, like THREE BROTHERS that got me to Jerusalem, but most are navigating destinations of the heart. My songs are either beckoning me toward a way to feel more alive, or else marking a hole I don’t want to fall in again. I would definitely be lost without music. I wouldn’t have even known what to wish for. But now, after all these years, the bliss I glimpsed only in song is within reach most of the time. I am grateful for all the eye opening and heart opening experiences, but this is not the typical music business success story. Many years ago, when someone asked me where I wanted my music to be in ten years, I put my hand on my heart and said: “Right here.”

I have always sung the songs that kept me sane. I love music that moves me, but only if it moves me forward. I don’t want to sing songs that stay stuck in the same old illusions that fooled me before. I trust that when a song really moves me, it moves me because it is coming from a place I am going. Each song is like a postcard that inspires me to travel, but instead of just a snapshot of a place, it’s a preview of a whole different way of seeing. Through songs, I get to know who I might become, because I experience a joy and peace and gratitude that I know are possible; all I have to do is go the distance.

8pm. $20 advance / $25 day of show.
Advance tickets are available online and at our local outlets.
Fully seated show.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. Mark December 18, 2012

    If the world is going to end what a great way to go out….

  2. John December 17, 2012

    I want tickets?

  3. Chris G. December 17, 2012

    Let it be me! I love David Wilcox.

    1. Jennifer Saylor December 17, 2012

      Chris, you are our winner!


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