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“Come celebrate the start of summer with Asheville’s home town favorites The Blue Rags,” writes local publicist and blogger Erin Scholze on her Web site, Dreamspider.net. The Blue Rags, a roots-rock band that rose to prominence and a record deal with SubPop during the 1990s, has recently regrouped and is playing local dates with renewed passion.
Says Scholze, “After playing hugely successful shows in the fall of 2009 at LAAFF and the Grey Eagle, as well as the 2010 French Broad Festival, they are back June 5th, 2010 at the Grey Eagle performing their own brand of Rag-N-Roll.
Don’t miss your chance to see this widely influential play live in Asheville, it doesn’t happen very often. The show will feature original members Jake Hollifield, Scott Sharpe, Abe Reid, Aaron “Woody” Wood, Mike Rhodes along with good friend Brent Sevier on bass (Bill Reynolds is in Europe touring with Band of Horses). The musical branches of The Blue Rags family tree spread deep and far.
After helping to put the WNC music scene on the map starting in the early 90′s (both before and after their stint on Sub Pop Records) through solo careers, side projects and session work; constant touring with such diverse acts as Bad Livers, Southern Culture on the Skids, Pavement, Government Mule and Leftover Salmon helped spread their reputation across America. They were also widely influential in the Americana scene right as it was coming into conception as a musical banner/umbrella. Popular bands of today, including the Avett Brothers, Old Crowe Medicine Show, and Scrappy Hamilton (now Truth and Salvage Company, touring with the Black Crowes) site The Blue Rags as musical influences.”
The group appears at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, June 5. 9 p.m., $10 advance, $12 at the door. 232-5800 or thegreyeagle.com.