Jeremy Aggers says he doesn't dwell on his days traveling the country as a theater actor, but there's no doubt the experience enriched his fine-tuned storytelling skills - and probably inspired a plethora of plot lines for his music.
The Salisbury native, now based out of Atlanta, tends to draw on his deep Southern roots, telling stories of ordinary people "as they struggle to be good in a not-so-good world." The music is solid, his words exposing - sometimes even poignant. He's like a paparazzi wordsmith exposing humans as their true, unpolished selves.
Sound-wise, Aggers and The Tamers (which also include Gabriel Monticello on bass and Michael Dana on drums) have a truly fresh mix of folk, southern rock and country; they're like a less gruff Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, with a tiny twist of the Avett Brothers. The band also tosses in some sound surprises, like a glockenspiel and vibraphone that add depth and an almost ghostly edge to the band's voice.
Check them out at www.myspace.com/jeremy aggers .
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Bonus: The band, which released its debut EP "What It Comes Down To" a year ago this month, promises some new songs. Harrisburg's Jessica Drake takes the stage after them.
If you go: 10:30 tonight. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $6. www.theeveningmuse.com .