Red Wanting Blue brings ‘honest music’ to Frankie’sWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Wanting Blue plays Frankie’s on Feb. 4, and according to vocalist Scott Terry, “The songs we play are personal, the songs are our lives. We don’t make shit up.”
While using the descriptive “Americana” or “American Rock” is vague, Terry describes RWB’s art as “honest music played by honest musicians.”
RWB, hailing from Columbus, is a work-driven band that has toured heavily for the past 10 years without the support of any major label.
“The songs are the direct result of the environment we’ve been in, being on the road,” Terry said. “The songs are about dealing with the shards of what’s left of a personal life and the strange nuclear family that we’ve become.”
After touring the country for a decade, RWB signed with Fanatic Records in March of 2009. Fortunately for RWB, this affiliation has not had a negative impact on how fans view the band.
“They want us to move forward and make Ohio proud and make good on the promise,” Terry said. “Hopefully the people that have tattoos of our logo don’t have to explain that away to their kids someday.
“We love our fans. I think we’ve been blessed with some of the most loyal fans in the world.”
RWB fans have been very supportive of its move to a record label.
“It’s not like we’re hanging with the hipster elite, we haven’t changed and the music remains the same,” he said. “The label is very supportive of us keeping things how we like it.”
RWB fans aren’t bandwagoneers. RWB has earned its loyal fan base by touring heavily and writing music that connects to the listener on many levels.
“I’m a million dollars away from being a millionaire,” Terry laughed. “We don’t give ourselves any real downtime. Indie bands are like sharks, meaning you have to keep moving.”
RWB certainly owns its sound. While there are familiar elements in its music, the sound is original and appealing.
“We don’t play modern rock,” said Terry, and the sound is quite unlike anything else that is permeating the music scene right now. If you’re not familiar with its sound (myspace.com/redwantingblue), think Counting Crows meets Pearl Jam, meets pop country played by some very talented musicians.
What should you expect from an RWB show at Frankies?
“The songs all matter to us and we perform them with the same care that we took in writing them in the first place,” Terry said. “You’re not going to get a lot of special effects when we play, but we’re very happy to get sweaty and involved. We’re very passionate about our music.”
Doors for the Red Wanting Blue show open at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased from Culture Clash or Ramalama Records. Tickets the night of the show will be $10.