Tumbling tumbleweed: Singer-songwriter Grace Askew
Grace Askew, a powerhouse singer-songwriter whose specialty is “bluntry” (blues and country) music, plays the High Note (132 W. Water St., 505-231-9918) on Saturday, May 28. She calls herself a “Tennessee tumbleweed,” meaning that for her, it’s all about life on the road, making music. Here’s how she tells her story: “At the wild age of twenty-two, Grace left six generations of Memphis roots behind to find her voice — what she found was far more than a delicately destructive sound.” Her vocals can be sweet, but more often they’re smoky and gravelly and really savvy. She mentions the spirits of the crossroads and the heartland: “Her songs are their stories — they are a mausoleum to hearts broken along the way and a shrine to the poignantly mundane — hemmed with deep compassion and an unapologetic vulnerability.” Shannon Brackett opens at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.