After years of old-school woodshedding, local singer/songwriter Scott Bianchi has re-entered the regional music scene with hundreds of original new tunes. In the last few weeks, he’s played solo shows at the atmospheric railway stop Good Stuff in Marshall and at Catawba Coffee near Charlotte, where he shared a stage with several luminaries, including veteran cult favorite David Childers and blues belter Don Dixon (the latter revered for his role in producing R.E.M.’s early albums).
A native of Union County, NC, and the grandson of Harold Loring Sr. of Bamberg, SC — a musicologist whose work decoding Native American music landed him a place of honor in the Smithsonian — Bianchi offers ruminative Americana in the Southern Gothic vein, accompanied by expert finger-picking stylings on acoustic guitar. He plays a pair of shows in Hendersonville this week, at Sanctuary Brewing Co. (147 First Ave. East) at 7pm on Thursday, November 10, and at Black Bear Coffee (318 N. Main St.) at 3pm on Sunday, November 13.
Sanctuary Brewing, the region’s first vegan brewery, is well known for its ongoing animal-advocacy programs and events benefiting local pet-rescue nonprofits. And Black Bear, besides adding enhanced musical offerings in the past year, honors Hendersonville’s motif beast in its very name. That animal theme segues well into a mention of one of Bianchi’s most atmospheric songs, “The Buzzard and the Crow,” which, along with cautionary songs like “Old Scratch,” reminds us that the ghostly side of the south is still alive, well, and ready to seduce the soul of the thoughtful listener.