Saturday's rockin' at The Kraken with old-school local musician, Zuzu Welsh, and his current Asheville gang of good friends. They bring a tight mix of blues, rock and americana. We're super psyched to have Glenn Jones and his local crew of superstars open up. Wow, what a night!
The Zuzu Welsh Band
The Zuzu Welsh Band brings tight rock, blues and americana to the stage with top-notch musicianship, well-crafted originals and a collection of cover tunes you are sure to enjoy. They've been playing relentlessly supporting last November's release, "The Road Less Traveled". Based in Weaverville/Asheville, NC, the musicians in the band have a combined sixty-plus years performing for audiences of all sizes.
Zuzu Welsh has been playing guitar since the 1970s, performing in a variety of bands doing everything from traditional mountain music to hard-edged rock and roll, with artists as diverse as Dulcimer Dan, Harlequin Jones, Avatar, The Edible Wild, Coyote, Reality In Exile, Jigawatt, SouledOut, Southern Express, Saturday In The Park, The Zoodles, Pipapelli and now with his own band. The bands Harlequin Jones and Avatar were fun bands playing the Chapel Hill scene in the late '80s and early '90s when Zuzu was known as Bob. He also has guested with the likes of Chuck Berry, BB King, BJ Leiderman and Jeff Thompson. Most of the original material the band does was written by Zuzu, and comes from the most recent release, The Road Less Traveled, as well as from earlier projects.
Johnny Haisman plays bass and comes from a background in hardcore metal music and confesses to an unusual fascination with aliens. Abbot Grivitch plays guitar bringing a country flavor to our music. He also plays keyboards, world-class cowbell, and lends his vocals to several songs, both on lead and harmony. Dana Koone is a former Marine who knows how to handle the traditional drum kit as well as cajon and djembe. Bobby Hicks delivers powerful vocals and contributes on acoustic guitar and hand percussion. When possible, Jen Wo rounds out the group with her passionate vocals.
The Glenn Jones Band
Great songs from the heart, delivered with passion. If you've seen more than a few shows here, you've likely been impressed by Glenn's performances already with our great community of local musicians.
Glenn Jones is a talented songwriter/singer/musician/performer with decades of great performing experiences. After 15 years of exile in the northeast wilderness, he's now back home in his beloved Chapel Hill, NC, writing, singing, collaborating, and currently (June 2016) in the process of recording anticipated CD #2, "The Drunkard's Suite".
Glenn's music is hard to classify, but is genuine and gripping. Heartfelt alt-country, with bluesy elements abounding, but the old rock and roller keeps struggling to get out, and often succeeds. Songs about love gained, drinking, love lost, and...drinking. Sets are rollicking, often with lots of audience sing-along.
In addition to regular solo acoustic original performances, Glenn is a talented electric and upright bassist. Currently doing duty with 8 Track Minds, and with the Well Respected Men (all-star lineup includes former Dbs ace Peter Holsapple, former Sex Police drummer Jody Maxwell, Americana hero Jeff Hart, and Sad Magazine guitarist Andrew Snee). Glenn also fills in for various central NC bands, and guesting at special White Cross performances
Basically, he just loves to sing and play. Four chords and the truth, y'all. Also, he always gets awesome local superstars to join in... Stay tuned!
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