I go to a lot of concerts, that is no secret and that is exactly why I started this because I have a passion for good music and live shows. I want to share, educate and expand people’s horizons beyond what mainstream radio provides. So when I say that I was blown away by a performance, I don’t say that lightly and that is exactly how I felt leaving The Kessler Theatre Saturday night.
Imagine sitting in a room full of incredibly talented musician friends that are just jamming and having fun for hours on end and that is what you would have experienced at this release show. The Kessler Theatre provided the perfect setting for this kind of show because it felt like home. It’s small enough that you get to meet other great people that clearly have good taste in music, but large enough to fit your crew (and a few extras). It’s easy to go out to the bar as you please without feeling like you would have to fight someone to get back to your spot back. The venue also has a low stage that makes it easy to interact with the band without feeling like a mere mortal. It’s intimate and you just feel like you are hanging out.
Quaker City Night Hawks opened the evening with an incredible set and though I have not spent enough time listening to their music, I definitely will now. In fact, I have already planned to go see them again next weekend.
BUT, when the Texas Gentlemen hit the stage, I was immediately wowed. Insert appearances by Paul Cauthen, Kirby Brown, Jonathan Tyler, Keite Young, Matthew Logan Vasquez (just to name a few) and you are sure to have a great time.
The 11 track album was impressively recorded in 96 hours in Muscle Shoals, Alabama at the FAME studio. Some of the greatest musicians of our time recorded there including Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding and those roots can be heard throughout. This album is nothing short of country-funk gold. It has blues. It has soul. It has rock. It has country. The album covers all the bases (and then some) to provide an incredibly entertaining listening experience. There really is nothing quite like it and with a group that includes so many insanely talented musicians, I would expect nothing less.
I highly recommend picking up this album. Few things would make me happier than knowing that my few words helped to promote from an incredibly deserving band like the Texas Gentlemen.
PS: And due to the fact that I was so mesmerized by the show, I neglected to take pictures until the very end. Here are just a handful that I managed to remember to take just before we left.