Tum­bling tum­ble­weed: Singer-song­writer Grace Askew

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — Paul Wei­de­man

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.

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