Colin Cutler and Farewell Friend both to release new EPs in dual shows
At 7 p.m. on Jan. 17, Colin Cutler will be releasing his newest EP at Common Grounds Coffee in Greensboro in a dual show with Farewell Friend. Colin is a guitar- and banjo-wielding poet with a couple harmonicas in his pocket and his roots firmly in Appalachian oldtime and early country and blues.
Farewell Friend is a Greensboro-based indie-folk group. The songs on their newest EP, Grandfather Clock, favor character development and storytelling alongside textured orchestrations. Front man Tom Troyer sings with a voice meant to make you believe in angels while painting lyrical landscapes that cause you to confront a few demons along the way. The official release of Grandfather Clock is at Winston-Salem’s Fourth and Trade at 6:30pm on Jan. 20.
Colin’s EP, Peacock Feathers is a collection of original songs based on short stories by Flannery O’Connor, a Georgia author known for her wild stories of ordinary people encountering the depths of sin, guilt, and grace. It ranges from the dark blues of “Bad Man’s Easy” to the swinging country duet in “Mama, Don’t Know Where Heaven Is, currently live on Youtube. After a year and a half overseas with the Army in Qatar and Romania, Colin returned this fall and recorded the upcoming EP with members of the Greensboro powerhouse jazz/rock group The Rinaldi Flying Circus and Christen Mack of the Zinc Kings.
Colin released his first full album, Nelson County Wayside, in 2016. A banjo-driven collection of traditional tunes and originals written in the same vein, the album was crowdfunded by a Kickstarter campaign and received airplay on several college radio stations.