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Skylar Gudasz talks Wildacres, NC music scene ahead of Citizen Vinyl show

Roxanne Turpen/@roxanneturpenphoto

Music lovers at Citizen Vinyl will have a chance on Friday to hear the self-described “daydreamer with the nightly blues.”

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Skylar Gudasz will perform tracks from Oleander, her first album, and from her most recent album Cinema. She is also planning a sneak peek of songs on her upcoming album that’s set to be released this year.

The Ashland, Va., native is familiar with North Carolina and says she would visit the state as a kid and her mother used to live in the Outer Banks.

“I had a strong like association with the ocean and nature in North Carolina in my mind,” Gudasz said. “Once I was in Chapel Hill, there's such an amazing music community, music scene, and then to Durham and it just, you know spread out to the entire State. It's a great place.”

Gudasz’s career started to project upward after releasing the 2020 album Cinema. Most of the songs on her album were written during her residency in Little Switzerland at Wildacres retreat.

“Wildacres is a special, special place to me,” Gudasz said.

She described a community of artists, thriving among nature.“...Just the opportunity to go and be in the mountains, the woods, the sky, the birds, and whatever it is that you're trying to create in the world, which is really a gift as an artist.”

Since then, she has taken her sound all across the globe, sharing the stage with Ray Davies, Cat Power and Sharon Van Etten as part of the Big Star’s Third tribute concerts. She has opened for Television, toured with Teenage Fanclub to Europe with the Mountain Goats, and even appeared on NPR’s All Songs Considered.

On Friday night, Gudasz will be joined by a full band for the first time since her 2020 album.

“...I do so much of my work in my own solitary place,” said Gudasz. “I get my cup so filled by being with a band. Like there's just nothing better in the world than being on stage with a band and making sounds together.”

She will be joined by band members Chessa Rich, Matt O’Connell, Casey Toll, and Asheville resident Nick Jaeger.

Gudasz and the band perform live at Citizen Vinyl on Friday, February 23rd at 7 p.m.

Jose Sandoval is the afternoon host and reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio.