Standard Deluxe
1015 Mayberry Ave.
Waverly, AL 36879
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Date: January 16th, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM

Enjoy a show by Liz Brasher at the Standard Deluxe on Thursday, January 16! The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Little House.

Liz Brasher makes her own kind of southern music — one that's caught halfway between the garage, the church, the bar, and the bedroom. She's a soul singer. A guitar-playing rocker. A one-woman girl group. A gospel revivalist who sings the praises of secular bands like the Box Tops. It's a diverse sound rooted in the influence of Brasher's two homes: her adopted hometown of Memphis, where she recorded her debut LP, Painted Image, for Fat Possum Records; and her childhood stomping grounds in rural North Carolina, where she was raised in a musical, multi-ethnic household. 

Brasher's musical horizons expanded as she grew older. Raised on everything from the spirituals of Mahalia Jackson and harmony-heavy hooks of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, she moved to Chicago during her late teens. There, as a college student living far north of the Mason-Dixon line, she gained a new appreciation for the sound of her southern roots. She dove deep into the early icons of American music, from Stephen Foster to Delta Blues heavyweights like Geeshie Wiley and Leadbelly. That led to an appreciation for latter-day pioneers like Bob Dylan and the Staple Singers, two acts that modernized old-school American traditions to suit a new generation. Inspired, Brasher taught herself to play guitar, then began writing songs shortly thereafter. 

After a move to Atlanta brought her back south, Brasher began playing shows, fronting her lean, three-piece live band — later championed by Rolling Stone as a "soul power trio" — for the first time. A love for the music of the 1950s and 1960s eventually convinced her to relocate to Memphis, where labels like Stax and Sun Records had shaped popular music during the previous century. She felt at home there. Like her, Memphis was a melting pot of influences, its internal soundtrack filled with music that crossed generation gaps and genre lines. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that her songwriting flourished in the new town, inspiring the material that appeared on Brasher's Outcast EP — released in April 2018, not longer after her acclaimed first appearance at SXSW. 

The Outcast EP showcases not only Brasher's robust voice, but her guitar playing and songwriting chops, as well. Inspired by everyone from Pops Staples to surf guitar icons The Ventures, she approaches her electric guitar from a melodic, moody perspective, often using tremolo and reverb for big, bold effect. She cranks up the fuzz for Outcast's rock & roll title track, then makes room for sweeping strings and swirling organ on the soulful standout, "Cold Baby." Meanwhile, she attacks the instrument with rhythmic stabs on tracks like "Body of Mine," underscoring her own melodies with blasts of chugging attitude. Just as wide-ranging as her musical influences are her song's story-based lyrics, which tackle everything from Biblical themes to heartbreak. No wonder NPR became one of her earliest champions, honoring Brasher as a buzz-worthy "slingshot artist" months before Outcast's release. Learn more about Brasher here.

Guests can also enjoy supper in the Feed Shak at 6 p.m. before the show. More details will be released on the Standard Deluxe website soon.

The show is BYOB. However, no glass is allowed in the venue. 

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased online. No phsyical tickets will be mailed, so guests must select "Will Call" in the shipping information at checkout. 

Space is limited, so be sure to get your ticket here!