Levi Lowrey loops in the Southern gothic

Staff reports

A couple of months back, Georgia singer-songwriter Levi Lowrey came to White Horse Black Mountain to open a show for local favorite Andy Buckner. Lowreycaptivated the audience with his quirky, original, deeply Southern songs and humorously enigmatic persona.

Lowrey’s music hints that he perceives things about life’s mysteries that you don’t, which he’s willing to share, up to a point, wrapped in beautifully written songs. He returns to White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, Oct. 6 for a solo show.

Lowrey hails from Dacula, Georgia, a rapidly urbanizing small town caught between Atlanta’s sprawl and Athens’ college town energy. Dacula is best known as the home of the great old-time string band Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers. Lowrey, Tanner's great-grandson, honors his roots by making music with the current generation of Skillet Lickers.

But like his town, he’s embracing his heritage while living in the complicated modern world, and both sensibilities underpin his songs. He’ll pull out his fiddle and set up electronic loops to create an eerie digital backdrop for a tale straight out of Southern Gothic lore. Then in the next song he'll pick up his guitar for a country-flavored original that always contains an unexpected lyrical twist.

In addition to performing as a soloist and headliner, Lowrey has opened for big names like Clay Cook and the Zac Brown Band (he also co-wrote hit songs for the Zac Brown Band). He recently released a double CD to positive reviews, "Roots and Branches," a collection of subtle, intimate observations of the human condition plus songs from the Skillet Licker’s legacy.

Strange strings, unstrung

Who: Levi Lowrey

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $10 advance, $12 door