Saturday morning I went to West Virginia. It’s about a 350 mile drive. and it took all day to get there. I was going to see Nick Nicholson at the Fishbone Gil & Grill in Vienna. I knew it would be a quick trip, and I knew I would be tired when I got home – up on Saturday, back on Sunday, work on Monday — but I knew it would be worth it. I don’t see Nick all that often. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was also going to get to see two up-and-coming country (country/rock) bands who were opening for Nick.
The groups were South of the River Band and Audio Outlaws. I went to see Nick – I will be writing about Nick’s show soon. I don’t usually do an entire article about an opening band, however – both of these opening bands warrant an article of their own, so here goes.
Before I go on here, I have to thank everyone at WNUS radio, US 107, for playing so much of Nick Nicholson’s music, and for bringing him back to do this show. To have Nick, and these two opening bands, was a great night for everyone. I appreciate you guys so much!
This morning I want to tell you all about Audio Outlaws. Their web page says they are a “super high energy rockin’ Country band that hails from the hills of Appalachia.” And I couldn’t agree more. They are definitely high energy, and they definitely do a great job with all of the cover songs they do – songs by Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, Martina McBride and even Zac Brown Band. But they also gave us a little of their own music, and sang their latest “Wheels,” which they will be releasing to country radio soon.
Nikki Cole takes the lead on most of the songs. She’s a great singer, with powerful vocals and a fantastic, fun personality that spills from the stage into the audience. In addition to Nikki, there is Fred Moomaw, Drums; Rodney Crihfield, Bass; Paul Neeley, Upside down left handed lead guitar (literally, guys, I watched him!); and Matt Kyle on rhythm guitar.
Over the past few years, members of Audio Outlaws (at one time or another) have shared the stage with Brad Paisley, Tanya Tucker, Andy Griggs, Tracy Byrd, Linda Davis, Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, Chris Young, and many other country stars.
They are a fun group to watch, a talented group to listen to, and definitely know how to get the crowd on its feet! I definitely enjoyed meeting them all after the show, and was pleased to see they all hung around to watch Nick take the stage on Saturday You can listen to some of their music on the band’s web site, and also at Nikki’s MySpace page. My favorites are “Coal Miners’ Note,” “”See If I Care,” and “Open Season.”
Here are a few pictures for you all form Saturday’s show at the Fishbone Gil & Grill in Vienna, West Virginia.
I hope you will all visit the web page for Audio Outlaws, listen to their music, and plan on heading out to one of their shows when they are playing somewhere near. I loved that they closed their show with the National Anthem, and a display of the American Flag. When you see them perform, they will definitely make sure you have a great time.
Enjoy your Monday