The Moon and You & Bombadil @ The Mothlight in Asheville, NC
Review & Photography by: Laurel Williams
Last weekend, folk trio Bombadil kicked off their 2018 tour in Asheville, North Carolina. Being just three hours and change from their hometown Durham seemed to bring this gig the cozy, confortable familiarity one would expect at a hometown show. Local duo The Moon and You opened the night with a playful set, sprinkling in a handful of covers and encouraging the crowd to check out these artists that they loved. The room felt like a group of friends sharing favorite songs. Although I’m not an Asheville native, I could immediately feel the friendliness and support of the local music community as they came out to support their friends and sing along.
Bombadil opened their set with Perfect, a track from their latest album Fences. I was immediately taken back to the first time I heard Bombadil in the passenger seat of my cousin’s car. I’ve always loved the stark simplicity in their lyrics, and the straightforwardness that makes each word pack a punch. Every harmony was careful and precise, but the band flowed easily through each song. The band got dancier as the set progressed, but the show was also punctuated with conversation. There were jokes from the audience, talk of New Years resolutions, and an easy give and take between audience and performers. A teen couple danced to the side of the stage, and audience members in their 50s sang along in the back. It was a night full of lightheartedness and warmth. If you can catch Bombadil in a city near you, I’d highly recommend it.
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