49 Winchester with Dean Alexander – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – October 18th, 2019

49 Winchester with Dean Alexander

49 Winchester with Dean Alexander

Performers:
49 Winchester
Dean Alexander
$7.00
All Ages
Welcome 49 Winchester with Dean Alexander

49 Winchester

APPALACHIAN SOUL MUSIC

Hailing from the heart of Appalachia in Russell County VA, 49 Winchester's sound is drenched with blues, soul, southern rock, and country influences. An eclectic blend of musicians from different backgrounds, they have forged out a genre bending sound that is uniquely their own. Lead singer & guitarist Isaac Gibson's powerful raspy vocals and honest lyrics, supported by a muscled 3 guitar attack, steel guitar, and a rock solid rhythm section provide a sound and spirit laden with emotion, both high and low.

Since making their start in late 2013, the young band has released two albums, performed at prestigious venues, and paved their path to being a midlevel festival band after being featured at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Mountain Music Festival, Appalachian Trail Days, Road to LOCKN' Festival, Nashville Music City Brewer's Fest, Red Barn Radio, Road to Hoopla, The Howling, Bearded Man’s Music Festival, Rt. 23 Festival, KY RiverJam, & more.

Their 2018 sophomore album "The Wind" was self-produced at Bristol VA's Classic Recording Studio with Mike Stephenson and features driving electric guitars and drums matched with jangling mountain banjo melodies. The 11 poetically straight-forward tracks touch on the topics of despair, love, & self-reflection with emotion & excitement that mirrors the energy of their live performance.

“49 WINCHESTER CANNOT BE TIED DOWN. Six years after their inception, the Castlewood, VA quintet are no longer “the new kids on the block”, and have inspired a wave of young bands in their region with their seamless fusion of rock&roll, country, and blues, and with their infallible DIY approach to everything surrounding their music.”

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Dean Alexander

Dean Alexander writes about himself, spinning a rich (and, at times, tragic) backstory into raw, rugged roots music laced with dark humor, bright melodies, and instrumentation that splits the difference between 1970s folk-rock and modern-day Americana.

A singular character who's as proudly left-of-center as his own songs, Alexander shines a light on his traumas and triumphs with his full-length debut, Devil Man's Blues. Don't mistake him for a rookie, though. He's a time-tested survivor of Nashville's music industry, having earned his stripes as a Gibson Guitar luthier, Lower Broadway performer, major-label artist, and A-list songwriter long before embracing his independence with Devil Man's Blues. Released in October 2019, the album pairs Alexander with other singular solo artists of his generation — Todd Snider, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Lillie Mae, all of whom make appearances on the album — while carving out the singer's own signature corner of the roots-music world.

"You have to give up everything, or you get nothing," says Alexander, who reaches deep into his own past for Devil Man's Blues' inspiration. It's a past that's complexly checkered, involving everything from the loss of his parents — both of whom passed away when he was still a child — to his subsequent raising at the hands of his deeply-religious grandparents, who brought Alexander up in an environment that prized faith over freedom. The album's title track, with its slide guitar swampiness and talking-blues delivery, tells the true-life story of Alexander's nightly escapes from his grandparents' window, guitar in hand, to play songs at the nearby Oscar's Bar and Grill in rural West Virginia. Those were his first gigs, filled with Hank Williams covers and Jerry Jeff Walker classics. Other songs reach back even further; "Paint Chips," with its slow-motion saunter and double-handed doses of black humor, finds Alexander wondering if his father fed him "chips dipped in paint" as a child, while the acoustic "A Breath Away" touches upon the last conversation the pair ever had. On "Death Angel Sympathy," he even commiserates with the Grim Reaper, knowing that the scythe-carrying skeleton is just doing his job…

I’m excited to be part of Dean’s first album. I love hearing it and think other people will too. I think people will dig his live shows. Dean’s the real deal. Check him out.

— Todd Snider

Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205