Curiously, folk-rock band Caamp’s most streamed song on Spotify is not their biggest radio hit.
The band’s debut “Vagabond” has been streamed over 83 million times on the platform, nearly twice as many streams as Adult Alternative Airplay’s No. 1 songs “Peach Fuzz” or “Officer of Love”.
The Ohio-based band started out as a duo of friends Taylor Meier and Evan Westfall and now includes Matt Vinson (bass) and Joseph Kavalec (keyboards).
Caamp recently announced a new tour, with a local date at the second stop. The band will perform at 7 p.m. on April 21 on the Salvage Station outdoor stage with Jade Bird opening the show.
The group will release a new album, titled “Lavender Days,” on June 24. The first single, “Believe”, has already been released.
“The past two years have been a big learning curve for us, especially since Caamp is all about travel and human interaction,” Meier said in a press release. “All of this was removed very suddenly. I lost my livelihood, then I lost a very deep love. I lost my beloved dog. Then we all had Covid. You start to lose your mind.
All of this, however, led Meier to learn a lot about himself.
“I think I’ve become more patient and I know I’ve become more vulnerable with my bandmates, friends and family,” he said in the press release. “Recording these songs on tape was an important part of this learning and healing process.”
Asheville artist will play American Vinyl Company
Local artist Shane Justice McCord wrote an album with some friends in 2020 and 2021 on a 16-track reel-to-reel tape recorder.
McCord, who plays Sham, will celebrate the release of the new album, “Field Of Vision Expanded,” with a 7 p.m. performance on April 16 at American Vinyl Co.
“It was such a fulfilling album to make, a way to deal with the current state of the world and pandemic restrictions, and a way to get out and collaborate with a group of friends even though we couldn’t physically be. together.” McCord wrote on his bandcamp page. “I’m so grateful to be physically and metaphysically surrounded by such amazing and inspiring people and to have been able to make an album with so many people.”
The country singer plays Silverado’s
Matt Stell seems to be just as comfortable playing center on the basketball court as he is playing center stage.
The 6ft 7in country music singer was a college hoops player before he started to top the country music charts.
Stell, who performs at 7 p.m. on April 16 at Silverado’s in Black Mountain, topped Billboard’s Country Airplay charts in 2019 with “Prayed for You” and “Everywhere But On.”
Stell, whose latest single is “Boyfriend Season,” has opened for country superstars Luke Bryan and Eric Church in the past. For this stopover, George Birge and Ryan Perry will be the special guests of the show.
Country music at Isis
Michigan may not be a country music hotbed, but that hasn’t stopped Rachel Brooke from looking back on the genre’s legacy.
His latest album, 2020’s “The Loneliness In Me,” blends classic country with ’50s rock and roll.
Brooke, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. on April 20 at Isis Music Hall with her band, has an incredible voice to blend with her authentic style of country music.