Many of the long-time readers here at Country’s Chatter will remember the name Joe Lasher. The North Carolina native made his first appearance at our Appalachian Fair in August, 2015, when he opened for Cole Swindell. Since that first article, many additional articles have been written about this up-and-coming country artist. Back when we first met him, Joe was then being billed Joe Lasher Jr. He is now three years older, the ‘Jr.” has disappeared from his billing, and his hair style has changed a bit. But, his incredible talent continues to amaze.
To help celebrate Veterans Day, the Car Show and concert today were a benefit for Veterans in North Carolina. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Asheville Outlets, Paramount Kia of Asheville, and Ingles’ Supermarkets, this proved to be a fun day for all in attendance.
At 2:30 p.m., in Asheville, N.C., the thermometer read 39 degrees. But, when you factor in the wind and dampness in the air – that ‘feels like’ temperature the weather forecasters like to talk about was much lower. In spite of the cold temperatures, Joe and his band came out ready to entertain – and entertain they did!
The audience had the advantage today – dressed for the elements, with winter coats, scarves and gloves. Joe and his band awesome band did what they could to keep warm with jackets and hats, but we are sure their hands were freezing. They didn’t let the weather interfere with what they came out to do. Joe did have a hood on his camo jacket, and would have been warmer had he pulled that on to cover his ears, but he faced the cold and winds and gave his audience the show they came to see. That awesome band was made up of Trent Armstrong, drums; Mike Riley, bass guitar; and, Joe Giamono, lead guitar.
The unseasonably cold temperatures caused Joe to cut his 90-minute set a little short, but even with that slightly shortened set, his show did not disappoint anyone who came out to see him perform. He gave us his songs like , “Just Some Girl,” “Tap A Little Tail Light”, “Whiskey Nights,” and “Felt Good on My Lips.” He also gave us some great covers of Jon Pardi’s “Dirty on My Boots,” and Brothers Osborne’s “Stay A Little Longer”. Joe did an unbelievable job with John Osborne’s guitar solo in that song! Even with the cuts, the show was a little more than an hour – and Joe and his band are to be commended for putting on a wonderful show in such unfavorable conditions.
Joe moved from the Asheville, N.C. area to Nashville several years ago, where he continues writing and recording, and we think Joe is well on his way to country music stardom. Joe’s new single, “Nothing Better To Do Friday Night,” was written by Warner Music Nashville’s Michael Ray, alongside songwriters and producers, Chris Stevens and Jeremy Stover. We are excited for Joe, and anxious to hear this one hit country radio. You can listen to new single on Spotify.
To keep up with all the latest Joe Lasher news, visit his website and Facebook. He has a few other social media links listed on his website, too, so be sure to check those out as well. And, you can follow him on Twitter @joelasher.
We are going to close this out with a few more photos from Saturday’s show. We will include a few of the band for yu, too. And, end it with a video from 2016 of my favorite Joe Lasher song, “Whiskey Nights”. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Joe Lasher – this will be a good introduction for you.
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