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Down Home Concert Series brings country music star to Macon, Jackson Counties

Joe Lasher, Jr.  will be pulling into Franklin this weekend to perform in the Yard at Lazy Hiker Brewing Company. Lasher’s performance is part of a tour around WNC in partnership with Ingles Markets for the “Ingles Down Home Concert Series” benefiting local food pantries.

The concert is free to the public, however, they will be collecting canned goods for Manna Foodbank.  Concert goers are encouraged to bring a donation of canned food items and place them at the bins located throughout the venue.

“I have had a long standing relationship with our friends at Ingles,” said Lasher, the WNC native. “They are an amazing company with community in mind. Our first partnership was seven years ago when we did our first “Down Home Tour”.  We traveled around upstate SC and WNC performing for small communities. Cost of admission was non-perishable food items. It was such a success, the rest is history…we’ve been great partners ever since.”

Born and raised in Weaverville, NC, country music entertainer and songwriter Joe Lasher has been calling the stage home since he was a teenager. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, a southern gospel singer, and father, the member of a 90’s rock band, Joe has set his sights on capturing the attention of country music lovers. Drawing inspiration from icons such as Rodney Atkin, Eric Church, Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams, Joe’s music is influenced by a variety of genres ranging from traditional country to gospel and from rock to heavy metal, creating a sound that is all his own. Already, Joe has shared the stage with Brett Young, Locash, Ashley McBryde, Russell Dickerson, Hardy, and Old Dominion.

Lasher said being back on stage after more than a year-long break due to COVID-19 has been surreal.

“I don’t even know how to describe it,” said Lasher. “AMAZING. I don’t think I realized just how much I missed performing live.”

Lasher said the Down Home Tour gives him an extra opportunity to get up close and personal with the crowd — who he refers to as family.

“I don’t call them FANS, I call them FAMILY,” said Lasher. “It is so great to be up close and personal with everyone that comes to our shows. Western North Carolina is my home and these people that support me are the reason I’m where I am today and why i do what I do.”

Lasher won’t be taking the stage alone this weekend, he will be joined by other artists who he says will bring tons of energy and fun.

“A high energy performance that will leave you wanting more,” Lasher said when asked what fans can expect this Saturday in Franklin. “Commodore Fox is GREAT at what they do, which is bring the hits….sing along tunes from the past five decades.  My wife and favorite female artist, Kaitlyn Baker, puts on a heck of a show after Commodore Fox. She’s a rocker, again, high energy, original music is what you can expect. I’ll be bringing my A game and will do my best to top every performance I’ve ever done.”

After such a long break from performing live, Lasher encouraged people to remember that it is about more than just music.

“Let’s celebrate live music this weekend and EVERY weekend,” said Lasher. “We want folks to get out and support all live acts, whether they are traveling through our regular local acts. The venues need it and the artists need it….but most of all PEOPLE need it.”

The Franklin stop of the Down Home Tour is set to beginning at 8 p.m. at Lazy Hiker Brewing Company. The Down Home Tour will be pulling into Jackson County on July 23rd beginning at 6:30 p.m. to perform at the Village Green in Cashiers, NC. Admission is free and donations of canned food items are encouraged.

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