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The Bright Light Social Hour

September 7 @ 8:00 pm

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The Bright Light Social Hour visits Asheville NC to make their Grey Eagle debut on Sept 7! It’s an ALL AGES show and Lo Talker opens at 8pm
The Bright Light Social Hour visits Asheville NC to make their Grey Eagle debut on Sept 7! It’s an ALL AGES show and Lo Talker opens at 8pm

  • 7PM DOORS / 8PM SHOW
  • ALL AGES
  • STANDING ROOM ONLY

THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR

Conjuring a bold new version of psychedelia informed by hard rock, soul, post-disco, and pop, Texas combo The Bright Light Social Hour emerged in the late 2000s, taking the rich tradition of Lone Star trippiness and both preserving it and updating it for a new time and place. Their eponymous 2010 debut full-length made them the toast of Austin, from where they exploded on the international touring and festival scene. Their acclaimed 2015 follow-up, Space Is Still the Place, found an even wider audience through key placements in major television shows. Reeling from the death of their manager/brother, in 2019-2020 they released the 2-part psych epic Jude, recorded at Sunset Sound by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Slowdive, TV On The Radio). After a year spent writing in lockdown, they emerge with new music as well as a reissue of their debut on the horizon.

LO TALKER

Andrew Shepard was looking for a fresh start. The Athens, Georgia-based guitarist and songwriter had been acting as the frontman for his previous band, Roadkill Ghost Choir, for eight years, playing every major festival, Late Night With David Letterman, and touring alongside Band of Horses. But Shepard was feeling constrained by the expectations placed on him in that band. He wanted to break out of that mold and start with a clean slate. That was when his new project, Lo Talker, was born.

Shepard is joined by his brother Zach (bass), who also played in Roadkill Ghost Choir, as well as Alec Stanley (guitar/keyboard), Rhett Fuller (guitar), and Jeremiah Johnson (drums). Lo Talker performs lush, intricate folk rock augmented by the psychedelic whirr of fractured tape loops. Shepard documents the American panorama of the last few years — jumping from lamentations on the brutality of living, to co-dependent relationships, to the fall of the American empire, and through, of course, the current Trump presidency. To Shepard’s credit, he never wallows. Though each of the songs tackles the kind of heavy life experiences that we’d probably prefer not to think about, he has a gift for writing observational moments with unexpected verve, and sometimes some much needed humor. “Just because of how oppressively strange everything has been for the last four years…I guess that kind of made it’s way into these songs,” Shepard says.

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Date:
September 7
Time:
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Venue

The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC 28801 United States

Organizer

The Grey Eagle
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