In terms of performers you’re likely to encounter in the Asheville busking scene, Marshall Railroad are unusual. It was actually a little jarring to encounter their more mainstream alt-rock sound, rather than the folk-influenced singer/songwriter tradition or the jazz/blues movement that tends to rule the street corners here. What’s more interesting is that Deemer and Varga both seemed truly surprised that there was a busking scene in town, and said they hadn’t planned on performing at all while visiting. This, in turn, was a surprise to me, as most of the buskers I encounter came to Asheville specifically to busk.
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