Sam Lewis returns to Smoky Mountain Roasters
Nashville singer/songwriter Sam Lewis brings his unique soul sound back to Smoky Mountain Roasters on Hazelwood Avenue at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.
Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for local cancer assistance group WNC Advocacy, Inc. Sam Lewis is making a name for himself in small venues all over the East Coast. The Nashville resident lived for a time in Asheboro, NC and sings about it in "Virginia Avenue."
A headliner at Plottfest 2013 and a frequent performer at Isis in Asheville, Lewis writes from his heart. His autobiographical "Southern Greek Tragedy" doesn't pull any punches — the lyrics are a looking glass into a childhood checkered with challenges.
"There's nothing in the song that isn't real," he says. Lewis lays it all out with a voice reminiscent of James Taylor at his best. Lewis performs mostly his own work. He turns a phrase upside down and inside out and sings from the depth of his soul. When the 28-year-old does cover another artist, he takes the familiar to his own special place.
A recent Asheville Isis performance of the standard "You Win Again" was a spine-tingling tangle of Memphis blues, New Orleans jazz and pure Sam Lewis soul which had the packed room begging for more. Smoky Mountain Roasters owner/operator Kevin Duckett is looking forward to having Sam Lewis return to the intimate listening room located in the business block of the Hazelwood community.
"It says something about Sam for him to drive all the way over here to do this," said Duckett. "We hope we have a full house. Sam deserves to be heard." Contributions to the October Cancer Awareness Month performance will go to WNC Advocacy Group, Inc., a local non-profit which sees that the money--through the Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation--reaches the Haywood County Health Department for direct assistance in providing mammograms for women who cannot afford them.
WNC Advocacy just completed its second annual Power in Pink motorcycle rally. "We'll be able to help about 35 women," said Karen Cioci of Champion Credit Union. Cioci is a founding member of WNC Advocacy Group, Inc. "Cancer touches all of us and WNC Advocacy is a way that businesses can be involved and give back to the community."