The Dead Tongues w/ Brit Drozda
Ryan Gustafson remembers very little about the origins of the ten songs on Unsung Passage, his profound new reflection on the emotional architecture of love, loneliness, and life at large. The songs were written during quick spans scattered between various tours of the last two years—as a supporting guitarist for his kindred North Carolina spirits Hiss Golden Messenger and Phil Cook’s Guitarheels and as the leader of his own long-evolving vehicle for a beautifully fractured vision of folk, country, blues, and cosmic American rock, The Dead Tongues. Gustafson’s third and best album under that name, Unsung Passage is a first-person reckoning with the things Gustafson, a chronically peripatetic adventurer, has seen enough to sing about. There are meditations on mortality and devotion (the flute-laced dream “My Other/Little Birdie”), on money and temporality (the banjo trot “The Giver”), and on impermanence and acceptance (the achingly gorgeous “Pale November Dew.”) This isn’t Gustafson’s idle speculation about life and the world; these are the realizations of a restless mind, of a songwriter who sings “this old town ain’t gonna watch me die” and means it. After several years in a commune in the western woods of Asheville, North Carolina, he now lives in a nearby camper, at least when he’s off the road long enough to call anything home. “When I’m traveling, it’s like walking into these different windows. I’m a witness, with my mouth shut,” Gustafson says. “The people you meet, the way the landscape speaks to you, how a desert is different than a mountain: It has the potential to bring out something you didn’t know was there.” These ten songs are snapshots in time–glimpses at the sorts of emotional upheavals and adjustments we’re all forced to face as we move from day to day and, as in Gustafson’s way, place to place. The familiar sounds of Unsung Passage, a reflection of Americana bedrock, present a comforting score for some of life’s most uncomfortable situations. But they will pass. “Ain’t it all right?” Gustafson demands at one point. “Ain’t it all like a dream?” After all that living, it surely is.
Start Time: 8:00
Brit Drozda is an accomplished Folk-Rock, singer-songwriter and recording artist based in Charlotte, N.C. For more than 15 years she's been writing music and performed live all over the U.S. with original material and as a lead singer in a Pop Rock band called "The Prices". Influenced by female singer-songwriters like Brandi Carlile, Adele, Sia, Patty Griffin, and Norah Jones, Brit brings a soulful voice and poetic lyrics to her listeners. After a brief hiatus from performing, Brit returned to the music scene in 2016 with her album Let Me Hang the Moon- a passion project that sparked the flame to Brit’s professional pursuit as an indie artist.
In March 2018, Brit brought us her latest five-track EP, You Can’t Take It With You When You Go. This collection of songs presents catchy, upbeat, rock anthems accompanied by dreamy ballads with nods to folk and country through strings and slide guitar. In these songs, Brit finds a powerful, uplifting voice. Her title track offers reminders to hold on to the important treasures in life that aren’t necessarily “things” but the people and the emotions that connect us to one another. On this EP, Brit’s voice shines with a depth and intensity that demonstrates the growth of an inspired songwriter and seasoned performer. Through You Can’t Take it With You When You Go and her continued motivation to write and record music, Brit journeys on and encourages her listeners to join her wherever life’s inspiration may lead.
Schedule & Tickets
12 adv/15 dos · Call 7043589200 to order.
Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 7:00pm · tickets · add to calendar 2018-07-22 19:00:00 2018-07-22 22:00:00 America/New_York The Dead Tongues w/ Brit Drozda https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/422874/the-dead-tongues-w-brit-drozda Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28204
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