Red Wanting Blue
Roxian Live presents

Red Wanting Blue

Thunderbird Music HallPittsburghPA
$20.00 - $30.00
Ages 18+
This show is 18 and above

Roxian Live presents

Red Wanting Blue

At Thunderbird Music Hall

Friday, May 29th, 2020

7:30pm Doors, 8:30pm Music

4053 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Purchase tickets to Red Wanting Blue, Friday 2/12, at 12pm!

“In every odyssey, there comes a time when you must accept that what you are

pursuing is no longer a rational decision,” Scott Terry writes in the liner notes of Red

Wanting Blue’s new album, ‘The Wanting.’ “It’s a choice that does not feel like a

choice. It is a hunger.”

It’s been more than twenty years since Red Wanting Blue first began their long,

strange odyssey, and while much has changed for Terry and the rest of the band over

those two remarkable decades, the hunger remains. Like the North Star, it’s fixed in

the firmament, a guiding light perpetually out of reach. Hunger has been their fuel,

their motivation, their essence. Hunger has steered every step of the group’s

extraordinary journey, and now, it’s at the heart of their most powerful record yet.

Produced by acclaimed singer/songwriter Will Hoge, ‘The Wanting’ showcases Red

Wanting Blue at their finest, with Terry’s epic, heartfelt vocals soaring above the

band’s gritty, driving rock and roll. Alternately triumphant and melancholic, the songs

are both muscular and nuanced, equally at home blasting from a car stereo as they are

drifting through a pair of headphones late on some lonely night. Though the record

draws on many of the band’s traditional strengths—indelible melodies, infectious

hooks, explosive performances—the making of it pushed Red Wanting Blue far outside

their comfort zone and forced them to take an unprecedented, nearly year-long break

from touring.

“We’re a touring band,” Terry explains matter-of-factly. “We’re on the road all the

time, so much so that it’s painful when we’re not. When I was younger, I used to get

heart palpitations if I was in the same place for more than four days.”

It’s that insatiable appetite for the road that helped Red Wanting Blue establish

themselves as one of the indie world’s most enduring and self-sufficient acts. Hailed

as “Midwestern rock heroes” by American Songwriter, the band has spent most of

their career operating outside of the confines of the traditional music industry,

earning their legion of lifelong fans through decades of relentless touring. Over the

course of ten studio albums, they brought their passionate, unforgettable live show to

every city and town that would have them, blazing their own distinctive trail through

the American heartland as they built up the kind of fanatically dedicated audiences

normally reserved for arena acts. Along the way, they notched appearances

everywhere from Letterman to NPR and climbed all the way up to #3 on the Billboard

Heatseekers chart. In 2016, they celebrated with a 20th anniversary retrospective

album/concert film entitled ‘RWB20 Live at Lincoln Theater,’ which captured the

band in all their glory at a sold-out hometown show in Columbus, OH.

Despite the group’s distinctly Midwestern beginnings, the origins of ‘The Wanting’ lie

not in Ohio, or even in Brooklyn (where Terry currently resides), but rather in Mexico.

It was there, on a day off during the band’s sixth annual trip aboard the Rock Boat

cruise, that the seeds of collaboration with fellow performer Will Hoge were sown.

“We’ve gotten really close with Will over the years, and on that trip he basically just

said, ‘I think we should make a record together,’” remembers Terry. “He told me,

‘I’m a fan of your live show and I get the energy that your band is about, and I feel

like if you give me the darts, I’ll get closer to the bullseye than any other producer

you’ll meet.’”

The band decided that if they were going to switch things up and work outside their

own studio, then they were going to go all in. For the first time ever, they cleared

their touring schedule for the better part of a year to focus solely on writing,

recording, and mixing the most fully realized material of their career. Hoge made

multiple pre-production trips to Columbus while the band rehearsed and recorded

extensive demos, and when it was finally time to cut the album, they headed south for

their first studio sessions in Nashville, TN.

“We made the album in the big room at Sound Emporium,” says Terry. “We were like

kids in a candy shop in there. We’d gotten really used to recording in our warehouse

studio in Columbus, and suddenly we didn’t have to worry about any of those old

limitations any more. We had this big beautiful space where we could all play together

live, and we knew exactly what we wanted to do as soon as we got in there.”

One listen to ‘The Wanting’ and that clarity of vision is immediately apparent. The

record opens with the rousing “High and Dry,” a feel-good rocker that also serves as

something of a mission statement for a fiercely independent group that’s as much a

band as they are a family, with Terry singing, “I want to stand on my own two feet

again / And when I mess up / That’s when I hope my friends will pick me up.” On

“Ulysses,” the band channels early Phil Collins with pulsing synths and larger-than-life

drums, while the tender “Glass House” crescendos from a delicate whisper to a

triumphant roar, and the dreamy “I’ve Got A Feeling It Hurts” calls to mind the

hypnotic drive of REM mixed with a touch of Jayhawks jangle.

“This is really the most collaborative album our band has ever made,” Terry says of

the wide range of influences. “It’s the first record where every member really

contributed to the writing, which is a huge deal because the music got so much better.

It’s everyone’s voices this time, and I feel like we all matured as writers because of

it.”

“Younger Years” offers a dose of youthful confidence that absolutely begs for an

audience sing-along, while “When We Choke” and “This Is The End” both spin dark

takes on the weight of love, but perhaps the emotional highlight of the album comes

with “The Real Thing,” a passionate ode to the present.

“It’s a reminder that just because you’re not where you thought you’d be, that

doesn’t mean you’re not where you’re supposed to be,” says Terry. “It’s a love song,

but like most of my love songs, it can be just as much about your significant other as it

is about your band.”

If it’s hunger that drives Red Wanting Blue, then it’s love that sustains them: love for

the band, love for their fans, love for the journey. After all, desire is nothing without

love, and ‘The Wanting’ is nothing if not a testament to the power of desire. "It is

beyond reason that the heart wants what it wants...yet still it persists,” Terry

concludes in the liner notes. “I imagine wherever there is the breath of life....with it

will be the wanting."

Red Wanting Blue is:

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)

Purchase tickets to Red Wanting Blue, Friday 2/12, at 12pm

Venue Information:
Thunderbird Music Hall
4053 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA, 15201