Melissa Reaves returns to W.J. Friday
by Dylan Lightfoot Staff Writer email@example.com
The High Country’s own Melissa Reaves returns to West Jefferson 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, for her “Together Again Tour” with guitarist Scott Sawyer.
“I’m glad to be coming back to see everybody,” Reaves said. “Hopefully, we’ll have as energetic a crowd as last time.”
A former West Jefferson resident, Reaves built a loyal Ashe County following after a couple memorable shows in Lansing in 2012. She caused a stir in West Jefferson earlier this year with a dynamic solo performance at Boondocks Apr. 20.
Friday, she will be joined by Sawyer, a long-time bandmate in the Meldavians, and in her own touring band.
“Scott’s a Jazz player, but he goes to Avante Garde places,” Reaves said. But the duo plan to lay down “pretty much a throw-down Rock-n-roll show” for West Jefferson.
“I will have some new material Friday, and some older material people haven’t heard much of,” she said.
Reaves lives in Boone most of the of the year, but spends some winter months at a mountain artists’ commune in Arizona just a few miles form the U.S.-Mexico border. She recently visited Los Angeles to meet with Stacey Heydon, former guitarist for David Bowie and Iggy Pop, who will be producing her eight CD release.
Performing over 200 shows per year, Reaves spends much of her time touring, playing venues as diverse as Lilith Fair, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Seattle’s Bumbershoot and Hempfest, NYC’s Merce Cunningham Studio, and The American Dance Festival.
This summer she played the inaugural Siren Mountain Jam in Boone, and Todd’s first Blue Bear Mountain Music Festival. Next year, she hopes to make the scene at two other High Country festivals: Lansing’s Ola Belle Reed Festival, and Jefferson’s PhoenixFest.
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