Rising Americana songwriter Kate Grom has been compared to Gillian Welch, but with her abundance of tresses and luminous good looks, she more aptly recalls pop country’s A-list songstresses, at least in appearance. Grom did a stint abroad, leaving the gritty life in NYC to flee to France with a rented acoustic guitar. Then she holed up on her parents’ farm in Frenchtown, New Jersey, woodshedding her sound. Finally, she polished her wandering-minstrel mode by studying choir voice at Belmont University in Nashville. Grom’s acclaimed debut album, Heroine, gets a boost from Grammy-winning producer Stewart Lerman.
She’ll share musical excerpts from her journey when she plays Black Bear Coffee in Hendersonville (318 North Main St.) on Sunday, November 5. 3:30-5pm. 828-692-6333. kategrom.com.