Ian Ridenhour, a remarkable hometown-boy-made-good story whose mercurial ascent to stardom defies conventional logic, returns home to Black Mountain on Friday, June 15 for a much-anticipated concert at the White Horse Black Mountain.
Currently a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ian established himself in North Dakota fronting his own band and playing with others like Tigirlily (winning a North Dakota Music Award at age 14). Ridenhour moved to the Asheville area in his mid-teens and has developed a devoted following.
His first album, Quietly Making Noise, was followed in 2016 by Cry About It, a dark pop-rock tour de force that juxtaposes infectious hooks and complex arrangements with raw, real-life lyrics that engage with the psyche’s shadowy side. The video for “Dancing Children,” one of the two vanguard singles from Cry About It, won top honors at the 2017 Music Video Asheville Awards.
His EP Ribcage, which dropped in 2018, was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios andproduced by Nomatic Studio, the album features the talents of Jacob Rodriguez and Justin Ray (of Michael Bublé), Asheville artist Brie Capone, and others. “You Help Me Fall Asleep,” the first single off the album, was released with an accompanying video produced by All Around Artsy; the video won Best Visual Design at the 2018 Music Video Asheville Awards.
White Horse Black Mountain offers state-of-the-art sound, cabaret-style (table) seating, and bar/concession area that serves beer, wine, Kombucha, soft drinks and snacks.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are priced at $12 in advance and $15 the day of. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 828-669-0816 or go to www.whitehorseblackmountain.com.