MUSIC TO YOUR EARS Discussion Series: Steely Dan’s Can’t Buy a Thrill

  • Asheville Guitar Bar

  • Address: 122 Riverside Drive, Suite D, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Times: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Dates: December 07, 2022
  • Admission: $10
  • Contact: Bill Kopp

Led by noted author and music journalist Bill Kopp, this monthly discussion series takes a deep dive into important records, artists and movements in music. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Asheville, N.C., November 2022 – Hosted by the Asheville Guitar Bar, a discussion series provides deeper understanding and greater enjoyment of classic albums from rock, soul, blues and jazz. Led by Asheville author and music journalist Bill Kopp, Music to Your Ears is an interactive experience that shines a light on important music. Music to Your Ears is a 90-minute conversation, held at the Guitar Bar, a music magnet in Asheville’s historic River Arts District. The December 7 event explores Steely Dan’s groundbreaking 1972 debut album Can’t Buy a Thrill. One of the most critically and commercially successful groups of the 1970s, for most of its time in the spotlight Steely Dan wasn’t really a band at all. Co-led by the duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan crafted a sophisticated, urbane and oddly inscrutable musical character that nonetheless found a wide audience. To realize their ambitious and idiosyncratic musical goals – deftly combining witty and oblique lyrical concerns with elements of jazz, soul and rock into something that sounded like no one else – Becker and Fagen drew on some of the top session musicians. Retiring early from live performance, Steely Dan quickly became a studio project. But at the start, Steely Dan was a conventional band with a firm lineup and a conventional concert touring schedule. And it was in that period that the group released its debut album, 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill. Featuring the smash hits “Do It Again” and “Reelin’ in the Years” plus a bounty of top-notch album tracks, the Platinum-selling Can’t Buy a Thrill showed that the unique sound and character of Steely Dan was in place from the very beginning. Before Can’t Buy a Thrill, few musical acts had successfully synthesized jazz, swing and Latin music elements into a rock or pop context. And those who did wouldn’t enjoy anything like the success that Steely Dan achieved; their debut album has been named among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Steely Dan’s first record was released 50 years ago this fall, making now the ideal time to take a look (and listen) at this landmark album. Join host Bill Kopp and special guest Jake Wolf of Steely Dan tribute band Dirty Logic as they lead a discussion of Can’t Buy a Thrill. We’ll chat about the background, creation and legacy of the album, and listen to some key tracks that demonstrate the innovation and creativity of Steely Dan. And as always, we’ll facilitate audience discussion. ABOUT THE DISCUSSION SERIES Music to Your Ears is Bill Kopp’s monthly discussion series hosted by Asheville Guitar Bar and co-sponsored by AshevilleFM. On the first Wednesday of each month, music enthusiasts gather to discuss an important album, artist or musical movement. An interactive evening, MTYE isn’t a lecture; it’s a discussion led by experts and designed to enrich the listening experience. The character of each session is defined by the participants (that’s you). The conversation goes where the attendees take it: the person seated next to you might have attended Woodstock or seen The Beatles in concert. The insights of everyone in the room are what make each and every Music to Your Ears a unique experience. ABOUT BILL KOPP With over 4000 published bylines, Asheville-based author and music journalist is an acknowledged expert on popular music. Author of two books, Bill Kopp writes for publications across the country and abroad. A contributing editor at Goldmine Magazine and contributing writer at, he has authored more than 30 album liner note essays and conducted more than 1000 interviews. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance, and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts.

WHAT: Music to Your Ears Discussion Series: Steely Dan’s Can’t Buy a Thrill

WHO: Discussion led by music journalist/author Bill Kopp with special guest Jake Wolf

WHERE: Asheville Guitar Bar, 122 Riverside Dr., Suite D, Asheville

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 7 @ 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30) $10 at the door / SEATING IS LIMITED


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