Band: Michael Koppy
Date: Monday, Nov. 21, with doors at 6 p.m.
Venue: The Listening Room, 78 St. Francis St.,
Tickets: Artist donation at the door.

Typically, The Listening Room is closed on Mondays. However, this intimate downtown venue is making an exception for the Azalea City debut of singer-songwriter Michael Koppy, who has fashioned a varied life as “a carpenter, carnival roustabout, elevator operator, union organizer, Broadway stagehand, bike messenger, strip-show spotlight operator, newspaper editor, producer and director” into a collection of memorable songs. Koppy will be stopping in Mobile on his “One Great Mornin’ Tour of Dixie” in support of the re-release of his album “Ashmore’s Store.”

“Ashmore’s Store” is a testament to Koppy’s talent for songwriting as well as storytelling. Heartfelt tales are transformed into equally emotional ballads. The light side of his snapshots of life are experienced through raucous numbers that travel through the worlds of honky-tonk and folk. Koppy is also unafraid to push the limits with a track called “All in the Timing: A Hollywood Romance in Seven Chapters,” which clocks in at nearly 30 minutes.