Thursday, June 28

Chris Stamey - Asheville, N.C. appearance

Reading & Live Performance
Malaprop's book store
Asheville, N.C.
June 18, 2018
Chris at Malaprop's book store in Asheville in June. He was accompanied by (at left) Melissa Alderman (daughter of Little Diesel lead singer Bob Northcott) on violin and Paula Peroutka (sister of UNC-Chapel Hill violinist faculty member Leah Peroutka) on cello.
ROB SEZ: I attended the Asheville, N.C. stop on Chris' recent book tour. I expected the usual thing: author reads excerpts from book, fields questions & generally holds forth before signing books and saying goodnight. Not Mr. Stamey. There were book excerpts, yes, but WAY more than that: instrumental preludes and "soundtracks" for the book excerpts, leading into live performances of full-blown songs. Not only did Chris sing and play acoustic guitar, accomplished string players also played intricate arrangements orchestrated by Chris. In short, it was an evening I will long remember.
The 40 or so attendees were treated to excerpts from Chris' book, often accompanied by instrumental lead-ins to the songs discussed in the book. Afterwards, Chris signed copies of
A Spy In the House of Loud: New York Songs & Stories.
Chris played a few new songs at Malaprop's: "Greensboro Days" and "The One & Only (Van Dyke Parks)". See the Q & A with Chris for more.

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