Red Wanting Blue to play at Mickey Finn’s Pub on Oct. 20Written by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The secret’s out: Red Wanting Blue is creating national buzz.
The rockers based in Columbus, Ohio, appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” in July and VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” on Oct. 16, and will tape a performance for NPR’s “Mountain Stage” in November.
“We’ve been this band that’s been circling certainly in plain view, hiding out in plain view for the last decade in the Midwest,” said frontman Scott Terry.
“This has been a very validating year for us because we’ve been at it so long and doing it independently so long. … For us to be this late in the game to finally be getting some of the attention that we’re getting, it’s an amazing bonus.”
Released in January, “From the Vanishing Point” is the group’s ninth disc, but its first with a label. It hit No. 10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Chart for new and developing acts.
“Fanatic Records came to us and said ‘We’re starting a new label, and we think we can do something together,’” Terry said. “That’s been so huge for us, just to be able to find people that are as passionate about our band as we are.”
During a phone interview from the road outside of Raleigh, N.C., the lead singer’s passion for songwriting and performing was evident.
“People write songs about young love all the time because they’re inspired,” he said. “I like to write songs about the struggle of staying in love, you know, because it is work. That’s the good stuff to me.
“There’s a line in one of my songs called ‘Your Alibi’ where I say, ‘Give and take and you get what you give/But the mistake is it’s easy to die for you, it’s harder to live.’ People get so dramatic with their songs and say ‘I’ll die for you.’ Die for you? That takes little to no effort. Living and grinding it out, that’s effort, that’s the hard work, that’s the real love.”
Terry is all about sharing himself.
“I try to perform songs as honestly as I can, and I try to write them as honestly as I can,” the baritone said. “So when you perform, the emotional triggers are there like little landmines in the songs that you step on every night as you sing them; if it’s true, it’ll always spark something in you.”
Red Wanting Blue — Terry, bass player Mark McCullough, guitarist and keyboardist Greg Rahm, guitarist Eric Hall Jr. and drummer Dean Anshutz — will play at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Mickey Finn’s Pub, 602 Lagrange St. Luke James & The Thieves and Brett Juhasz will open. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
“I get very emotional; that’s what I love about performing,” Terry said. “Getting to reach new people and being able to give them something that’s real and honest, I love that. I hope they walk away and go, ‘Wow, that was really something. That guy gave more of himself than he had to.’”