Daniel Bachman plays Dream Away Lounge in Becket, Massachusetts on August 22.
August 22. Raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Daniel Bachman has been playing what he calls "psychedelic Appalachia" since he was a teenager, putting out small-run tapes, CDs, and LPs that float with droning banjo and acoustic guitar. Touring off and on since he was 17, Bachman has shared stages with such searching players as his fellow Fredericksburg native, the late Jack Rose. Still in his early 20s, Bachman, who here visits the cozy Dream Away Lodge, is now signed to weird folk haven Tompkins Square Records, which recently released his stunning Seven Pines. (Sean Rowe sings August 17; Heather Maloney holds court August 25.) 8:30pm. Donation requested. Becket, Massachusetts. (413) 623-8725; Thedreamawaylodge.com.
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