The Gus Moon musical experience represents equal parts genius, charisma, and humility with beautifully crafted songs in a rich melodic style. Gus Moon is the two-man band of Anthony Mullis and Dennis Furr who began playing music together in a coffeehouse in Indiana.
Gus Moon performs at Northeast State on July 14 at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the Blountville campus, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The band’s performance is part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance celebrates Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary.
Mullis is a tremendous singer/songwriter whose voice embodies the characters and place of his songs. With two full length albums and two EPs under their belt, Gus Moon is currently on tour with a much-anticipated stop at Northeast State.
The duo toured throughout the Southeast this spring visiting Nashville, Charleston, S.C., Athens, Ga., and Elizabethtown, Ky., among other stops. They have released the albums Worn Out Shoes and Gentle Now along with two EPs, Splendid Noise and their newest work, I Know Enough to Know Better, which was released earlier this year.
A Gus Moon show is as much a séance as it is a musical experience. The Moon sound melds personal experience, troubled characters, and often more-troubling narratives into many of the songs. Mullis becomes the persona of the songs, like an actor might embody a role. His voice is a channel where several voices erupt, recalling the brokenness of their bad loves and the triumphs of their picking up the shards. Other songs are much more topically bright, but there’s always some sort of balance in the songs between the darkness and the light. There is just enough polish to know it’s been taken care of; just enough scratch to know it’s seen its share of heartache.
The concert is open to the public and sponsored by the College’s Cultural Activities Committee. For more information, contact 423.279.7669.