On his first solo album, folk singer Joe Fletcher may have offered the warning, You’ve Got The Wrong Man, but for the purposes of Nave Annex Gallery’s upcoming art show, he seems just the artist for the job.
“I asked Joe Fletcher to be part of this show before it even had a gallery to live in,” says co-curator Jenn Harrington, who worked on the video and photo exhibition I’ve Been Everywhere, Man: Musicians on the Road with Susan Berstler. “Joe is one of those unique storytellers who holds a consistently appealing voice within the music, writing, and visual arts. His Instagram work collars the allure of the tour, but it also captures a contemplation and whimsy as he travels roads many of us will never see.”
A few dozen other music and photo folk are offering their insider look at backstages and tour buses, including Ian Fitzgerald (who opens for Joe Fletcher at Atwood’s on November 16), Peaches Goodrich, and Melanie Bernier of The Fagettes, as well as Shane Butler of Quilt and photographer-about-town Natasha Moustache.
“While it seems like, and often is, an adventure filled with beautiful places and people, it’s also one of the few careers that can take you away from the comforts of home for long periods,” says Harrington. “And that’s what we’ve gotten from working on this exhibit: A musician dedicates a heck of a lot time offstage to be able to perform onstage. Maybe this exhibit will convince people to appreciate that weary load, and maybe they’ll hesitate before they accept a free download of someone else’s songs and buy that album directly from the musician for ten bucks instead.”
I’VE BEEN EVERYWHERE, MAN: MUSICIANS ON THE ROAD. NAVE GALLERY ANNEX, 53 CHESTER ST., SOMERVILLE. ON VIEW THROUGH SAT 11.22. OPENING RECEPTION THU 11.6. 6-8PM/ALL AGES/FREE. NAVEGALLERY.ORG
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