For the past few months, Denis Coleman has been settling in after relocating to Hendersonville. Part of his settling-in has been gigging at the local bars, breweries, wineries, and such places in and around Hendersonville. He tells me that singing and playing the guitar is not his full-time job; It’s more of a “passion.” That’s cool: You’ve got to have a passion for music, if you’re going to be any good at it. I’ve not personally heard Denis, but his promotions usually describe his music as “classic rock, mellow music, a little country and a few surprises.” Let’s ask Denis nine questions so that we all might know a little more about the man from Jersey.
Question: Denis, give us a short bio about yourself, whatever you want the local community to know about you. Stuff like where are you from, when and why you moved here, family, day job, musical training, etc.
Answer: My wife Maggie and I (and our dog Molly) moved here from New Jersey in May of last year. I’m semiretired (emphasis on the retired part) from the media business in New York City. We looked at a lot of places to retire to but kept coming back here. It’s beautiful here in WNC, and we’ve met a lot of great people. As for musical training, basically none. I’m self-taught and have been fortunate to play with a lot of terrific players who were kind enough to mentor me along the way.
Q: Tell us more about your music. You sing and play the guitar. You seem to like classic rock, mellow music and country. If someone has never heard you, what should they expect? Do you play only covers? Are you a songwriter?
A: I’m an Allman Brothers Band fanatic, so everything springs from there for me -- blues, rock, country, ballads. After that, the music of Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen and Mark Knopfler are among my stronger influences. Generally, if someone comes out to hear me, they’ll hear the Eagles, Beatles, The Band, Tom Petty, Stones, etc., and of course the aforementioned Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and Dire Straits. I try to keep a wide catalog so a lot depends on the audience and the venue. Mellow tunes, blues, country are all fine by me. Great songs are in every category. Currently, I’m only doing covers. I’ve worked up some instrumentals in the past but never had the time (or nerve) to really develop them and take them out. Maybe someday.
Q: How is it that music became a “passion” for you?
A: I’ve always loved music. In high school, I had a friend whose older brother was a great guitar player. He turned us onto the Allman Brothers At Fillmore East and Eat a Peach. I wish I was more diligent in devoting time to the guitar over the years, but life gets in the way. So, I didn’t really start getting serious about it until I was in my 30s.
Q: What are your musical hopes and dreams?
A: Aside from the world tour? I’m just looking to find cool places to play around Hendersonville. If people leave at the end and say they had a good time there and “that guy played some great music,” that works for me.
Q: How have you been received by local music lovers and the venues?
A: It’s been terrific. As a new guy in town it’s not always easy to get opportunities. But the folks at Burntshirt and Sawyer Springs gave me a shot very early on, and the response was good. I’ve met a lot of musicians also, and they’ve been both welcoming and encouraging.
Q: What is your opinion of the local music scene?
A: There’s an incredible amount of talent playing all around this “small” town! Take a place like the 2nd Act. There’s a Round Robin open mic there every Wednesday, and you hear a number of people with some terrific originals, as well as some really excellent players and vocalists. I’ve only been here a few months and haven’t gotten to as many places as I’d like to. But I’ve heard people like Eric Congdon, Myron Hyman, 3 Shades of Gray, Roots & Dore, Letters to Abigail, and it can be a little intimidating. The musicians and the audiences have all been very supportive here.
Q: What inspires you?
A: When people come up and pay you a compliment on your playing/singing or the variety of the set list that’s inspiring.
Q: Other than music, what makes you tick?
A: I used to like to dabble in photography, love classic movies and would love to get back to traveling.
Q: Tell us whatever you want to say…
A: I’m really thankful for all the goodwill we’ve experienced since moving here and so glad we did. Looking forward to getting to experience more of WNC. Other than that, come out to St. Paul Mountain Vineyards on Sunday afternoon. It’s my first chance to play there, and I’m really looking forward to it.
305 Lounge & Eatery
305 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Friday, Jan. 21, 5-7 p.m., Geriatric Jukebox, husband and wife playing and singing familiar tunes, ‘60s & ‘70s
Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider
749 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Ken Morgan & Nicole Ray, singers, guitarist, ukulele, covers, rock, pop, country, folk, Americana
Bold Rock Hard Cider
72 School House Road, Mills River
Friday, Jan. 21, 5 p.m., Ben Phantom, singer, songwriter, guitarist, covers, originals inspired by world travels
Saturday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m., Soundz So Fine, band, classic tunes by iconic artists, rock, country
2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2-5 p.m., Rory Jagdeo, soloist, singer, guitarist, harmonicist, Americana, covers, originals
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2-5 p.m., The Everydays, Americana with an indie edge, covers, originals, Black Mountain-based
147 Suite C, 1st Ave. E., Hendersonville
Thursday, Jan. 20, 6-8:30 p.m., Singer Songwriter Open Mic
D9 Brewing Hendersonville
425 N. Main St, Hendersonville
Friday, Jan. 21, 7-10 p.m., BadRabbit & Nick Mac, alt-rock/country five-piece band
Dry Falls Brewery
425 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville
Friday, Jan. 21, 7-10 p.m., Licensed 2 Chill, David Payne and Falls Harris Jr., covers, classic rock, pop, country
Saturday, Jan. 22, 7-10 p.m., Mojomatic, “funk-a-fied rockin’ blues”
Guidon Brewing Co.
415 8th Ave. E., Hendersonville
Saturday, Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m., Paul Edelman, singer, songwriter, Asheville-based, roots rock, folk, Americana
Mills River Brewing Co.
336 Banner Farm Road, Mills River
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2-5 p.m., Stephen Evans, folk rock, singer, guitarist, originals, Asheville based
Oklawaha Brewing Company
147 1st Ave. E. Hendersonville
Thursday, Jan. 20, 7-9 p.m., Kid Billy, Billy Litz, Asheville-based multi-instrumentalist, singer, roots, blues, ragtime, songwriter
Friday, Jan. 21, 8-11 p.m., The Last Full Measure, Jamie Gorsuch (singer, guitarist) and Karen Corn (singer), folk, blues, covers, originals, rooted in southern tradition
Saturday, Jan. 22, 8-11 p.m., High Flying Criminals, funk, groove, soul, five-man band
Sunday, Jan. 23, 4 p.m., Jason Lyles, singer, songwriter, upbeat, powerpop, alternative, Americana, roots-rock, guitarist, Chattanooga-based
Point Lookout Vineyards
408 Appleola Road, Hendersonville
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2-5 p.m., Two Lane Road, Dan Lane, multi-instrumentalist, American, classic rock, country, acoustic, eclectic
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
588 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Folkadelic 3, trio, socially conscious folk rock originals, covers, (Jeff Michels, Jim Robertson, Steve Kirkland)
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2-5 p.m., Denis Coleman, singer, guitarist, classic rock, mellow, country, eclectic
Sierra Nevada Mills River
100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m., Koostic Duo, eclectic, covers, originals, specializes in low-volume performance
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2-5 p.m., Jukebox Jumpers, country blues, African American vernacular, southern soul, early rock, guitar/bass, drums, fiddle, harmonica
Southern Appalachian Brewery
822 Locust St., Ste. 100, Hendersonville
Friday, Jan. 21, 6-8 p.m., Letters to Abigail, duo, acoustic Americana
Saturday, Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m., Trio de Janeiro, three-piece rock band based in Hendo
Sunday, Jan. 23, 3-5 p.m, Carver, Carmody & McIntire, WNC based, acoustic, blues, country, covers, originals
South Rock Sports Grill
830 Greenville Hwy., Hendersonville
Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m.-midnight, Twisted Trail, rock band, country, blues, southern rock, original music
The 2nd Act Coffee, Wine and Craft Beer Bar
101 E. Allen St., Hendersonville
Thursday, Jan. 20, 7-9 p.m., The John Henrys, Gypsy jazz, alt-country, Americana, rock, Asheville-based
Friday, Jan. 21, 7-9 p.m., Andrew Thelston & Carrie Morrison, singers, piano, guitar, originals, eclectic rock and soul
Saturday, Jan. 22, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Jason Whitaker, guitarist, acoustic, Americana, blues, country, rock, Asheville-based
The Dugout Sports Bar & Taphouse
430 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Friday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., Fine Line, rock band
Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., Ricky Gunter Band, singer, songwriter, country
The Loft Cafe & Pub
111 Joel Wright Drive, Hendersonville
Friday, Jan. 21, 6-9 p.m., Craig “Edwin” St. John, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, covers ‘60s-’90s, country, show tunes
Saturday, Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m., Paul Liford, acoustic
The Old Home Place
4060 N Mills River Road, Mills River
Saturday, Jan. 22, 7-10 p.m., Highway 8 Band, country, old-school rock, danceable
The Poe House
105 1st Ave. W., Hendersonville
Friday, Jan. 21, 7-10 p.m., Howie Johnson, singer, guitarist, rocker, Hendo based
Saturday, Jan. 22, 7-10 p.m., Bill Altman, blues, rock
Triskelion Brewing Company
340 7th Ave. E., Hendersonville
Thursday, Jan. 20, 7-9 p.m., Seth and Sara, husband and wife, strings and percussion, originals, covers, rootsy, Americana
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This article originally appeared on Hendersonville Times-News: Learn more about Denis Coleman and his live music in Hendersonville
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