It's not like these guys just staggered out of some bar on High Street.
Then again, there's always that possibility considering Columbus is the official 'home' for pop-rockers Red Wanting Blue.
Nor is this just any five-man outfit of Bible Belters, mind you. Particularly after spinning the band's exceptional new disc, "From The Vanishing Point," released earlier this month by Fanatic Records (distributed by EMI/Caroline).
Primarily a midwest entity with a loyal fanbase over the past decade, "Vanishing Point" has the potential to change all that for RWB lead vocalist and songwriter Scott Terry who along with his crack backing band are performing Friday night at Wheeling Jesuit University.
"Last time we played Wheeling was, I believe, at Jaybo's Grub & Grog," recalled Terry over the phone earlier this week. "We really like the idea of playing a campus setting and hopefully making a lot of new friends."
Not at all out of the question considering Terry and his cohorts have made one dynamic record, featuring a dozen stellar tracks. With some solid PR backing and an expanded tour schedule, 2012 should take Red Wanting Blue to higher places.
Terry grew up in northern New Jersey to parents heavily into the classic 60s folk of Simon & Garfunkel. "They couldn't get a baby sitter and had to miss the concert in Central Park," he laughed.
Paul Simon's adept composing skills may or may not have directly influenced Terry who brought his 'A' game to RWB's new project. More than a handful of songs on 'Vanishing Point' are no-brainers for both commercial and satellite radio consumption.
"Right now, we're sort of experiencing a groundswell of momentum like never before. Obviously, we're hoping that carries on (as the year progresses)," Terry exclaimed.
Terry was studying business at Ohio University in Athens in the mid 90s when the roots for Red Wanting Blue was first formed. After earning a degree, he relocated to Columbus. "As a whole, the band has been going strong since 2000," Terry added.
Prior to the new CD, Red Wanting Blue put out several self-released projects before recording their first full-length record for a label.
"We feel the sky's the limit and all of us are anxious to get back out there on the road and see what happens," Terry described.
In addition to Terry, Red Wanting Blue members include: Mark McCullough (bass, vocals); Greg Rahm (guitar, keyboards, vocals); Eric Hall (guitar, lap steel, vocals); and Dean Anshutz (drums and percussion).
The band opened 2012 with gigs in Charleston and Akron, including a sold out show at Pittsburgh's Club Cafe. From Wheeling, RWB plays Youngstown (Saturday) and Clarksburg (Tuesday) prior to heading to Indianapolis and a anticipated date on the stage at Super Bowl Village. "We're playing in front of Edwin McCain. Should be a great setting," Terry advised.
In early March, the band plays a series of shows on a cruise ship, departing Cozumel, Mexico, before resuming a steady U.S. tour schedule into late spring and early summer.
Check out more on Red Wanting Blue at the band's website www.redwantingblue.com where live video clips are streaming.
THIS summer's Jamboree in the Hills headliner Jason Aldean has kicked off the first leg of his 'My Kinda Party' tour with a series of shows in Orlando and the Carolinas.
According to a published report, each show set attendance records for the performing venue. Joining Aldean were fellow Georgia natives Luke Bryan and Lauren Alaina.
For Aldean's indoor shows, the stage production features a 360-degree configuration which allows fans unable to purchase advance tickets, the ability to buy a ticket with an unobstructed view from the rear of the stage. Over a million fans attended Aldean concerts in 2011.
According to his website, Aldean will perform opening night (Thursday, July 19) at Jamboree in the Hills. Additional headliners announced include Rascal Flatts and Ronnie Dunn.....Rascal Flatts has a new record ("Changed") due for an April 7 release.....
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