On the highway with Canada’s Red Moon Road

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The musicians in the Canadian roots trio Red Moon Road couldn’t have more diverse backgrounds.

Daniel Jordan was trained in jazz. Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner is a bilingual prog-rock vet. The Winnipeg band’s lead singer, Sheena Rattai, grew up singing in church choirs and then fronted a funk band. They’ve melded their influences into a mellow-toned modern folk group that will play at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, Sept. 25.

Their combined skill set brings odd-yet-congruent moments and sounds during their performances - the delay pedal in the middle of an acoustic set, a loop track to lock the rhythm down. And though the trappings of the band may speak of backwoods – they’ve been known to take the stage with pine cones in their hair – there is still the steady flow of pop and jazz to accentuate the finer points of Red Moon Road’s storytelling melodies.

The band’s self-titled debut album was met with praise, as was its latest EP, “Tales from the Whiteshell.” The combinations of mandolin, guitar, fiddle and banjo behind Rattai’s twilight voice have propelled the band forward from fireplaces to festivals.

Totally lunar

Who: Red Moon Road

When: 8 p.m. Sept. 25

Where: Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville

Cost: $32-$10