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We are so sorry to announce that tonight’s live music with The Resonant Rogues has been cancelled due to travel issues. We wish the band a speedy fix so they can get back on the highways and byways! Our apologies for any inconvenience–Advance ticket holders will be contacted by Matthews staff.
Folk duo The Resonant Rogues will perform at the Matthews Opera House for one-night-only on Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 pm.
The Resonant Rogues’ dark Appalachian folk paints a picture of their lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina and on the road. Anchored by the songwriting duo of Sparrow (banjo, accordion) and Keith Josiah Smith (guitar), the duo has traveled the byways and highways of America and crossed the oceans with instruments in tow. From riding freight trains to building their own homestead, the pair are no strangers to blazing unconventional trails. At once rooted and adventurous, each song tells a story of real experiences, friendships, and challenges.
About the musicians
Songwriter, accordion, banjo, vocals
Sparrow’s passion for movement and sound started early, with much time and energy spent on choir, orchestra, musical theatre, swing dancing, and figure skating. A voracious student, she has immersed herself in an enormous range of performance arts. Sparrow plays old-fashioned originals with The Resonant Rogues and also leads a traditional jazz band called Sparrow and her Wingmen. She also occasionally performs as a solo artist and released an album of her original music in 2012. Her instruments include accordion, banjo, and fiddle. She has been belly dancing since 2003, teaching and performing in Asheville and around the country. In 2006-2007, Sparrow attended the Circus Center in San Francisco, primarily for acrobatics, and has toured and performed with Asheville’s Runaway Circus.
Keith Josiah Smith
Songwriter, guitar, vocals
Smith’s musical journey began with playing drums in punk/rock bands in his early teens. He then developed a passion for songwriting upon learning his first chords on the guitar and hosted open mics and a community music festival in his hometown of Menomonie, WI. In the spring of ’09, at the age of 18, he left home and began traveling around the USA, hopping freight trains and street performing for a living. In 2010, he traveled to Nashville, TN with hometown friend Jason Dea West (Intuitive Compass) and formed Barefoot Surrender with Benjamin Tod (Lost Dog Street Band). In the ensuing years, he accompanied many other street bands between the Pacific Northwest and New Orleans, LA. In 2012, he gained a renewed focus on songwriting and studying the guitar, which led him to record a demo in Seattle, WA. With that new demo in hand, he spent the next 10 days traveling across the country via freight train, visiting musician friends along the way and landing in Asheville, NC, where he serendipitously met a woman named Sparrow who needed a guitarist for her recording session in three days. They formed Resonant Rogues in 2013, and Keith’s adventurous spirit is now satisfied with touring around the world with his wife, Sparrow.
“I urge you to get out and hear them” -Lonesome Highway
“Their intense cohesion is so intertwined that it feels like they’re playing with one pair of hands.” –No Depression