Chris Rosser shares stage for 'Mountain Made'

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Imagine expertly executed guitar, harmonica, percussion and vocals combining in roots-drenched original and traditional tunes. Now imagine that all the sounds are coming from a single performer who makes it look easy and you’ll get a hint of the talents of Jay Brown.

Consumate musician Chris Rosser plays in a number of bands in Asheville.

Brown hosts a monthly showcase of gifted regional songwriters at  White Horse Black Mountain, and on Monday, Dec. 19 he’ll be joined by musical jack-of all-trades Chris Rosser.

Rosser’s name is inescapable on the Asheville music scene, whether as a multi-instrumentalist (Indian sarod and dotar, guitar, Turkish çumbus oud, melodica, piano), singer-songwriter, composer or high profile producer. As a performer he’s opened for folk and pop artists such as John Mayer, Tom Rush, David Wilcox, Shawn Mullins, John Gorka and Nickel Creek. His compositional and instrumental talents are on display with Asheville world fusion group Free Planet Radio, with whom he’s recorded two CDs.

The prolific Rosser has also released four solo CDs of his own songs and produced/engineered more than 200 CD projects at his Hollow Reed Arts recording studio. The busy musician’s work has also been heard on national TV shows and commercial spots.

Brown has been playing guitar since the age of seven and has gone on to share stages with a roll call of major names in American roots music at festivals and venues around the country. A prolific songwriter in an eclectic mix of genres, he’s spent years touring the U.S. and abroad absorbing musical styles.

His versatility found expression as a founding member of the old-time swing band The Lazybirds, and other facets of his musical personality are on display in his work with the Indian-influenced group Shantavaani and Swing Guitars. As if that weren’t enough, Jay got his act together, as it were, as the Jay Brown One-Man Band in 2007 to showcase his many original songs and his take on traditional material.

Head to head

Who: Jay Brown and Chris Rosser

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 19

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $8