Ethel Cain at The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC

Photos & Review: Blanton Leigh

Ethel Cain made her way down to the Grey Eagle in western Asheville, NC on this stop of her Freezer Bride tour, following the release of her debut album Preacher’s Daughter, released earlier this year on May 12, 2022.

The best way I can describe this show was like I was at some kind of worship service, but if you made it dreamy, a little bit eerie, and queer as hell. I saw so many people who came to a place where they new they were going to be safe no matter how they identified, and it was such a beautiful thing to see, especially once the Cain came out. Seeing Cain come to her fans level and have one-on-one moments with them was so beautiful to see, and how much she has touched each of their lives with her music, and by her just existing as she is.

My highlight from the show had to be at the end when Cain came back for encore and invited everyone to sing Strangers, the closer of Preacher’s Daughter, a capella. This was the exact moment the words “worship service” came into my head, and the irony is not lost on me there given some themes the album touches on. Also have to shout out American Teenager, one of the songs I knew going in, was also a highlight, not only cause I knew the song, but because that song is a banger, and even better live. I know I say this a lot in my reviews, but there is truly nothing better than seeing an artist be so vulnerable on stage, and share this real connection with their fans, and it’s always so interesting to see from an outsiders perspective, in turn, becoming a fan myself.

Yours truly, the newest Daughter of Cain.

Stream Ethel Cain’s album Preacher’s Daughter here: https://ethelcain.ffm.to/preachersdaughter

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