Deep River will be bringing its signature three-part harmony to the Grey Eagle this weekend as a way to celebrate their 10th anniversary — and to continue their tradition of hosting an annual benefit concert.
This year, Deep River chose to support the Asheville Humane Society at a time when the organization is most in need.
“We’re really proud to be donating the proceeds to the Asheville Humane Society,” said Deep River band leader Sharon Lewis of Biltmore Lake. “With Brother Wolf moving out to Leicester, that’s going to put a lot of pressure on the humane society for rescuing dogs, fostering them and making sure the animals get adopted. I think our timing is really good.”
Each year, the band hosts a benefit concert to support an Asheville nonprofit. Last year’s show raised money for Brother Wolfe Animal Rescue.
“We really have a passion for helping animals — we just love animals a lot but we’ve helped other charities,” Lewis said, noting that a previous show also supported Helpmate. “We try to do a different charity every year.”
Sharon Lewis founded Deep River in the summer of 1992 in Connecticut and was joined in late 1992 by Sandy Howard, an accomplished singer-songwriter, and acoustic guitarist; together they moved to Nashville in April 1993 where they spent a decade pursuing a major label record deal.
While there Sandy and Sharon recorded two CDs of original material, contributed to a compilation CD of women artists, and co-wrote eight songs.
Lewis and Howard decided to move to Asheville in 2007, and it wasn’t long before Lewis picked up the bass guitar and with Howard began recruiting the current lineup starting with vocalist, Joan D’Entremont in February 2007.
Multi-instrumentalist Gerry Brown plays dobro, rhythm guitar and pedal steel along with drummer and Asheville Music School instructor, Justin Watt, who joined in 2008. Lead guitarist and AMS instructor, Alec Fehl joined the band just last year.
“We have a nice balance — kind of like a yin and yang of masculine and feminine energy,” Lewis said. “We’ve always been a country vocal group, but what makes us different is the three-part harmonies that we do.”
D’Entremont sings soprano, Howard sings alto and Lewis is the third part in the harmony. Leiws also plays the bass guitar in the band, Howard plays guitar and D’Entremont plays hand percussion.
Deep River made its Asheville debut in August 2007, and will now celebrate its 10th Anniversary at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Aug. 26, which will also benefit the Asheville Humane Society.
As a bonus, Deep River will be joined that night by guest artists Bob Bencze, keyboardist with The Bill Mattocks Band, and Joe Trimbach, fiddler-mandolinist with Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition.
Deep River will be be performing 80s and 90s country music by Patty Loveless, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Highway 101, Kathy Mattea and The Forester Sisters Plus the greatest hits of the Eaglrd and Linda Ronstadt.
“We do it just for the pure joy and love for making country music,” Lewis said.
Tickets cost $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Space at the Grey Eagle may be limited. To purchase advance tickets, visit www.greyeagle.com.
By Shelby Harrell