One-man band hires a seasoned hand

Staff reports

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jay Brown often performs as the sole member of the Jay Brown One-Man Band, but he enjoys the opportunity to play along with his favorite local musicians.

For the monthly Mountain Made Music series at White Horse Black Mountain, Brown invites distinctive regional songwriters to share the stage. The next edition will feature Aaron Price on Monday, Aug. 15.

Price is not a prolific songwriter, but what he lacks in quantity he makes up for in quality. The talented musician and producer plays bass, piano, and guitar and is currently rolling out a number of new songs for an upcoming CD release.

Sometimes called “the man behind the Asheville sound,” Price has produced albums by The Honeycutters, Malcolm Holcombe, Stephanie’s Id, Kellin Watson, Carey Fridley and others. In addition to fronting his own band, Kill the Clock, Price plays with The Outliers, The Wham Bam Bowie Band and The Zealots.

A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Brown has hundreds of classic songs in his repertoire as well as a hundred-odd originals. His musical tastes and talents are wide-ranging, as evidenced by his membership in the Boone-based roots band The Lazybirds, the Indian-flavored world music group Shantavaani and the early-jazz cats Swing Guitars.

In 2007 Brown founded The Jay Brown One-Man-Band, in which the sole member handles vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion and piano.

Produced in Asheville

Who: Jay Brown with Aaron Price

When: 7 p.m. July 18

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $8