Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of seeing Nashville Crush perform at the High Wyatt in Nashville. The band was on stage to showcase their music to representatives from the media, the music industry, and to their fans. I had heard their music before I went, so I had some idea what to expect. But I learned very quickly that there is a difference between listening to Nashville Crush, and being in the same room with them when they perform.
When I listened to their music, the first song I heard was “Turn the Night On”. It sounds a lot like what we are hearing on Top 40 stations right now. It’s easy to listen to, has a ‘country/pop’ sound. “Bounce” got me tapping my feet while I was listening, but it was still a good ‘listening song’. “Rock Bottom of the Bottle” was one of my favorites. It was a little slower, a little more country than the first two, and I loved the story it told. “After Party” and “This is Love”, the last two songs I heard from this band were also songs that I not only enjoyed listening to, but would definitely listen to over and over. In fact, by the time I finished listening, I decided that “This is Love” is my very favorite song, and I really hope that song gets picked up by radio stations everywhere.
Since I was already familiar with their music, I thought I knew what to expect when I saw them on stage for the first time. But, I was wrong. I just didn’t have myself prepared for the fun, fast, loud, entertaining, party band I was about to see. I don’t know why I didn’t expect that, but it was obvious to me that fans in the room knew exactly what they were going to see and hear. It was also evident that everyone was having a great time.
Band members are Brad Wright, lead singer, banjo and acoustic guitar; Nate Felkey, drums and alternative percussion; Dean Maag, bass and backup vocals; Mike Wright, fiddle, rhythm guitar and backup vocals; Travis Hortsman, guitar and pedal steel; Marshall Miller, lead guitarist; and Luke Rausch, rhythm guitar and backup vocals. They are all very talented musicians, but each one seemed to have his own way of connecting with the audience.
I was having a little trouble with the lighting at the event, and am sorry my pictures aren’t better. However, I am sure this is not the last time I will be in the same room with Nashville Crush, so hopefully, I will do better next time. In the mean time, you all need to get this band on your list, and make plans to see them when they get somewhere near you. You won’t be sorry!
In addition to their web site, be sure to visit their Facebook page, and remember to ‘Like’ it while you are there! You can follow them on Twitter, too, @NashvilleCrush1. As always, we invite you to follow Country’s Chatter on Twitter, too. We are @countryschatter.
There are a lot of exciting things going on in country music right now. And I will be back with more soon!