If a musician moves to Nashville in search of stardom, sits for interviews with Rolling Stone Country and cuts tracks with the same producer as Keith Urban, it’d be understandable if his prospective listeners had specific genre expectations.
But based on the available work of Buffalo-born singer/songwriter Marc Scibilia -- set to appear at 8 p.m. April 18 inside Iron Works (49 Illinois St.) -- these assumptions prove false. Those expecting a hail of banjo solos are instead treated to a multifaceted guitarist whose style skews closer to Mat Kearney than Kenny Chesney, with the toggling between the Butch Walker-produced pop of last year’s “Out of Style” and the simplistic sincerity of recent single “Summer Clothes” a testament to this artistic agility.
On “Out of Style” alone, Scibilia traverses 10 cuts of clap-inducing radio candy before ending the album with “Better Man,” a song stitched together with the same honest folk innards that thread through his newest track and 2015 Jeep commercial cover of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” It’s an honest confessional, arriving in the wake of an onslaught of pristinely cultivated pop. And for a musician who left Buffalo for Nashville when he was 18, it’s another example of defying the genre expectations of listeners—which is something Scibilia has surely grown used to.
Solo artists Corey Harper and Brad Ray will open. Tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door), and can be purchased via ticketfly.com.