Red Wanting Blue met us for “Linner” at a small restaurant in Akron Ohio, to promote their album “Little America.” In the early 2000’s we visited the House of Blues in Cleveland Ohio and watched this dynamic rock band just own the stage and the crowd. We were late to the RWB table finding out later about songs like “Playlist,” and although we hadn’t heard any of Red Wanting Blue’s music, their commanding performance, emotive baritone vocals, and stage charisma impressed us none the less.
You won’t meet a nicer bunch of well-adjusted rock n rollers which allows them musically to showcase their lyrics and vocals, which they say is a feature their fans like most about their music; however, there are no slouches or inflatable auto-players in this band. My high school band director said something that has stuck with me: “The most musical moments sometimes happen during a rest in the music.” You would know instantly if some of the nearly subliminal guitar melodies and embellishments were removed from the Red Wanting Blue sound-profile, and just the same, while Mark and Dean are not out front; you want solid players like those guys driving the rhythm chassis of your music. Scott Terry has one of those giant voices that has it’s own gravity, and while as a person he shows no sign of megalomania or rock-star ego; it’s impossible to ignore how much of their music revolves around his rich gritty vocals and relate-able lyrics. They’re a great band to see live. Make sure you check them out on facebook or their website to see when they’re playing near you.
Special thanks to RWB drummer Dean Anshutz, Josh Bloom, and Sam Buonavolonta from SAM GOODWILL for pulling the strings to make this interview happen. Thank you to all of the guys from Red Wanting Blue for being easy-going and down to earth. In light of Waterloo Restaurant being unaware of the audio aspect of podcast interviews, I would still like to thank the staff for being so accommodating. The recording came out pretty good all things considered. We did ask for a quiet spot in the back but I think they thought we wanted the table closest to the silverware utensil dump-bin. Family restaurant diners are just not the ideal podcast studios they once were. ;)
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Scott Terry – vocals, tenor guitar, ukulele
Mark McCullough – bass, chapman stick, vocals
Greg Rahm – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Eric Hall – guitar, lap steel, vocals
Dean Anshutz – drums & percussion