I’m about to tell you about South of the River Band. That’s the band that opened for Audio Outlaws, who I told you about yesterday morning. Both of these bands opened for Nick Nicholson – who I will be telling you more about tomorrow morning. Over the past few years, I’ve written a lot about Nick. He’s an awesome performer, finally getting some of his music on the radio – and I hope everyone gets a chance to hear his music soon.
I didn’t find out much about each of the members of South of the River Band. So all of the information I have about them came from the bios on their web site. Tarah Marie, who sings the lead on most of the songs, is from Mason County W. Va., and has been performing since age 5. She’s the newest member of the group, and was the 2008 Colgate Country Showdown West Virginia State Winner.
Austin, lead guitar and vocals, is a high school senior (if the bio on the web site is up-to-date). Drummer, Adam, and Wyatt, bass, are also high school seniors. Zac Winland plays guitar for the band, The band is good, and one thing I could definitely here in their performance was what seemed to be a lot of rock influence for the group.
Tarah Marie’s vocals were really good. I enjoyed all of the songs she did by some of my favorite country artists. They did music by Miranda, Johnny Cash, Hank Jr., and Little Big Town. The show was a mix of country and rock, and each song they did seemed to reach someone in the audience. I thought they did a much better job with the country performances than the more ‘rock’ tunes like “Wipeout”, “I Love Rock and Roll,” and “Old Time Rock and Roll.”
For the most part, each of the band members has been performing for a while, they looked good on stage, and worked well together. But I think they’re a young group with a lot of growing to do. It will be interesting to see if they stay ‘country” or turn more to the ‘country/rock’ style. But whatever they pick, I believe once they perfect their art, they will be very good at whatever they choose to sing.
Again, a minute here to thank WNUS Radio for bringing this show to us. It was a super night that I wouldn’t have missed for anything. Picture at left, are Doug Flint from WNUS US 197, with Nick Nicholson (taken after the show).
Now, I titled this article “On the banks of the Ohio River, with South of the River Band,” because that’s where I was on Saturday night. On the banks of the Ohio River at a great restaurant called The Fishbone Gill and Grill. We went early enough to have dinner before the 6 p.m. show started. The restaurant literally overlooks the Ohio River. And it is one of the most relaxing atmospheres you could imagine.
Not only is the food fantastic, but you get to watch boats, and even wildlife (well, I guess geese fit into the category of wildlife). I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling through Vienna, W.Va.
Going to end this with more pictures from Saturday night. And an invitation to each of you to visit South of the River Band’s web site. Listen to some of their music, and let me know what you think. “Little White Church” and “Here for the Party” are two of the songs they have up on the web page.
That’s all for this morning. Hope everyone is handling the heat ok. It’s been awful lately. I need to head to the office, thank goodness for air conditioning. I’ll talk to you all soon!