Featuring special opening guest: Angela Perley
The music industry is a destructive animal where even the fittest isn’t guaranteed unscathed survival. That means indie rock band Red Wanting Blue is rare indeed. A quarter-century of steady artistic grow this virtually unheard of in the volatile world of rock music, whether it’s an underground band struggling to find the key to success or a multi-million-selling supergroup buckling from the excesses of fame.
Red Wanting Blue, formed in 1996 in Athens, Ohio, is composed of Scott Terry on lead vocals, tenor guitar, and ukulele; Mark McCullough on bass, chapman stick, and vocals; Greg Rahm on guitar, keyboards, and vocals; Eric Hall on guitar, lap steel, and vocals; and Dean Anshutz on drums and percussion. Together the five musicians have forged a creative path that grows and expands with each successive recording.
By gradually morphing from self-sufficient, independent outfit to skirting the mainstream without losing underground cred, Red Wanting Blue earned the right to enjoy the benefits of longevity. The band’s music followed suit. Take melodic heartland rock ‘n’ roll sprinkled with dashes of down-home Americana and dip it in the modern, metropolitan rock world. Then add muscle, from a robust rhythm section to the full-throttle vocals of frontman Scott Terry.
It’s no surprise that American Songwriter dubbed them “Midwestern rock heroes,” andthe band has made appearances everywhere from Late Night with David Letterman to NPR. Then there’s the recorded catalog–five independent albums beginning with1996’s Velveteen, five modern rock era efforts including 2012’s From the Vanishing Point, and 2014’s Little America, and the most recent studio opus, 2018’s The Wanting.
The Wanting, released on Blue Élan Records, features the heart-wrenching ballad “I’ve Got a Feeling It Hurts,” a powder-keg duet with soulful vocalist Liz Brasher. The video for the tune is racking up views on YouTube with more than 24,000 so far.
That’s merely one example of the Red Wanting Blue sonic prowess. This is a band that has never been afraid to expand its creative reach while always remaining true to its muse. There is a reason why RWB remains alive, active, and viable 25 years after its inception. Now there’s a music industry story worth telling. Red Wanting Blueis: 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)
“Angela Perley’s dreamy mix of Americana, Country and Rock and Roll is the perfect soundtrack for long nighttime journeys between imagined gigs at the Grand Ole Opry and the Roadhouse bar in Twin Peaks.”— PopDose
Angela Perley hails from Columbus, Ohio and has spent the past decade onstage and on the road, creating her own cosmic swirl of alt-country, psychedelic rock, and amplified Americana along the way. She has graduated from barroom gigs in the midwest to hard-won opening slots for Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Tyler Childers and CAAMP. From dusty bar rooms to the occasional arena gig, Perley is a homegrown troubadour who’s never been shy about taking the road less traveled.
Originally launching her career as the frontwoman of Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons, Perley has since gone solo, funneling the sonic stomp that ran throughout 2014’s Hey Kid and 2016’s Homemade Vision into the personal, poignant punch of solo records like 2019’s 4:30 and recent singles “Here for You” (2021) and “Star Dreamer” (2022).
In describing Perley’s most recent album (4:30), Billboard said, “The set’s 12 songs run the gamut from psychedelic garage rock to melodic pop and heartfelt country and Americana, while the lyrics reflect what Perley calls ‘more of an existential kind of thing, an internal, searching theme.’ Indeed, Perley is an ever-evolving artist to watch, steadily winning over music critics, DJs and music fans alike.