As the end of 2015 comes barreling at us like a runaway train the quantity and quality of musicians that find their way to town just seems to get better and better. Being the Monday after a long holiday weekend the upcoming week seems long and daunting but have no fear because Eddie Owens is taking care of things with one hell of a night of music on Thursday at the Red Clay Music Foundry. Donning the stage will be a couple of troubadours from different generations but similar souls weaving tales about life, love, bad decisions and a wealth of other topics near and dear to their hearts.
Legendary singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard has seen and done more than most of us and a lot of his experiences find their way into his music. The grizzled veteran tells it like it is as he opens the window into life like few others can do. When he takes the stage Hubbard invites listeners to be a part of the evening as he tells stories about his songs, carries on conversations with the crowd and gives his 2 cents about society. His songs deliver messages about how to live, or not to live, your life depending on how you look at it. Mr. Hubbard is out on the road promoting his latest record – The Ruffian’s Misfortune – along with his well-received autobiography A Life…Well Lived. Hubbard is one of the finer live performers out there today and is someone that should be placed atop your “must see live list”.
Aaron Lee Tasjan is a singer/songwriter that has a number of similarities to Hubbard. Tasjan has played rock, punk, power pop and folk throughout his career succeeding at all. His latest album In the Blazes contains some of Tasjan’s best songwriting to date. Also a story teller, Tasjan weaves his tales on a bed of lighthearted lyrics that keeps his music from becoming too serious or melancholy. When he plays live it is an all-encompassing show loaded with crowd interaction, humorous stories in and around his songs and of course the songs themselves. Whether a full band or just Tasjan alone his shows are always entertaining.
Those that are fans of Ray Wylie Hubbard and Aaron Lee Tasjan will flock to this Thursday’s show while others will ignore or think deeply if they should go. Well to make it easy for you, you should go. Their songs hook listeners with hearty lyrics and infectious melodies. Hubbard’s growl and Tasjan’s warble give the words life as they flow through your ears. Experiencing their music life is akin to listing to an old friend tell you stories about their life. Make a good choice and go see Ray Wylie Hubbard and Aaron Lee Tasjan live at the Red Clay Music Foundry, you will not be disappointed.
WHO: Ray Wylie Hubbard & Aaron Lee Tasjan
WHERE: Eddie Owen’s Presents: The Red Clay Music Foundry
WHEN: Thursday, December 3rd