Neighborhood Theatre, MaxxMusic at Neighborhood Theatre
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Indie / Singer-Songwriter
North Carolina’s Benji Hughes fronted a rock band in the nineties. He’s written commercial jingles (“Got a Little Captain in You?” for Captain Morgan rum). He’s made music for film and television (Walk Hard, Eastbound & Down). He released 2008’s A Love Extreme, his excellent double-LP debut record. His eccentric Merge debut Songs in the Key of Animals was released in 2016. It’s the kind of record that reminds us music can be fun without being empty. But these ventures aren’t different hats Hughes wears. They’re not different paths traveled. This is Hughes playing in different keys.
Steven Fiore’s careerreads like a legendary round of two truths and a lie: co-writing with ArtGarfunkel, singing with Jeff Goldblum’s jazz band, more than 17 million Spotifystreams. But it’s all true – every word of it. This unfiltered honestyultimately powers Fiore’s YOUNG MISTER to be more than just pretty melodies,but rather profoundly moving storytelling. Fiore got his break as a songwriterfor Universal Music Group Publishing in Los Angeles, securing cuts for artistslike Howie Day and Natasha Beddingfield, but Young Mister’s sacred sense ofintrospection has afforded him an artistic output that hits far closer to home.Since launching the project in 2016, Young Mister’s trio of albums (2016’sself-titled debut, 2019’s Sudden Swoon and 2020’s This Is Where We Are Now)have received acclaim from fans and outlets like American Songwriter alike foran adroit, dreamlike balance of folk, Americana, and pop – all unwritten withwistful sentimentality and swirling, meditative lyricism. On his brand-newsingle, “Still Young” (produced by Dan + Shay’s Izaac Burkhart), Fiore channelsthe sweeping ’80s power-pop of Springsteen, Gabriel and Starship into acinematic tale of unlikely romance and head-over-heels leap into the unknown.At its core, it’s about how life opens up when you have the courage to chase it– and a tribute to his wife, with whom he shares a retail space in downtownTryon, North Carolina. With a population of 1,500, his time in Tryon couldn’tbe more different from his past life in L.A., but he wouldn’t have it any otherway.