New music from Red Wanting Blue
Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:57 AM
Anyone who was at the Red Wanting Blue concert at Sundance Gallery as a special Music on Maxwell show last September already heard a few of the songs on the Ohio-based band’s latest CD, “Little America.” The CD was released July 1 on Fanatic Records with the first single being “You Are My Las Vegas,” which I know was played here.
I listened to the Internet stream of the band’s performance and interview on the WCBE.ORG 90.5 on July 1. The band was home to play the Rumba Cafe that night for its CD release party. “Little America” has 13 songs.
There’s not a bad song on it. Carol Harley, of Harley Funeral Home and Crematory, said the same thing. She is a huge Red Wanting Blue fan.
Red Wanting Blue has performed outdoors and indoors in Greenwood. The first time the band was here was for an outdoor show on Oregon Avenue as part of Click646, which was a celebration of everything photographic but is now on hiatus. The band was fresh off an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” in support of the release of “The Vanishing Point.”
That release garnered the band a spot in Billboard’s Top 10 Heatseekers chart and at No. 1 for the band’s home region. Red Wanting Blue has also appeared on VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” and NPR’s “Mountain Stage.”
I missed that show. From everything I was told about the concert, I have some remorse that I did.
When I was told the guys were coming back for a special performance last year, I knew I was going to be there. I’m glad I was. It was an amazing show.
Carol celebrated her 50th birthday at Sundance Gallery the night of the concert. The show was a result of Red Wanting Blue, Music on Maxwell’s Jon Holloway and Nick Hyduke and the Harleys working to get the band back to Greenwood.
The Harleys first heard Red Wanting Blue on a cruise several years ago. On a later cruise, the Harleys attended the Red Wanting Blue show and Carol was mesmerized by Scott and the emotion he showed on stage.
After last year’s show, Red Wanting Blue was heading to Charleston the next weekend for a show with Will Hoge. The Harleys were headed to Charleston to see Hoge, so getting Red Wanting Blue was a bonus.
Carol’s right. Scott demands attention with his presence on stage. He is something to see.
Amy and I talked to Scott following the concert. The paraphernalia on the stage caught my attention and was where my focus was for most of the show. Amy’s focus was somewhere else.
The items surrounding the band on stage would truly make any garage sale better. There were suitcases, garden lighting, little cherub-like statues, lamps, paintings and much more. Somewhere near the middle of the stage was a box with lights inside. I had never seem that exact light box before, but I had seen one very similar.
It’s sitting down in my basement. The box is clear plexiglass on three sides sandwiched between two pieces of wood. Inside the box are colored lights. I guess once the lights heat up, they start to blink. When I told Scott about having one in my basement, he became a little inquisitive about what my plans were for it. I told him if I ever wanted to get rid of it, I’d let him know. The light box is still in the basement.
Amy connected with Scott on a much more meaningful level.
She talked to him about song lyrics. That stopped him dead in his tracks. He was surprised and honored she paid attention to the string of words he crafted into songs. He gave her a hug and thanked her. It’s not surprising she was inquisitive about his words. She’s a principal and former teacher, so her paying attention to the details didn’t surprise me.
There’s little doubt Scott is a talented songwriter and his songs are worth hearing.
“Sounds Like Summer” Tour 2014 isn’t bringing the band to the South (Nashville on Friday). Red Wanting Blue does have a Website and is on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
Check them out, you won’t be sorry ... and keep your fingers crossed a fall tour might bring them close to Greenwood. Carol said she’s read there’s already talk of that happening. If it does, be sure to go see them.
Sitarz can be reached at 864-943-2529 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only do not represent the newspaper’s opinion.