Colter Wall is a breath of fresh air for those that love the traditional country sound. Friday night Colter & The Speedy Creek Band rode into The Garrison for a performance that just might be one of those “Where You There When” shows. The evening started with a strong set from Kentucky’s John Clay. John has been working the southern music scene for a while and has a great sound. The one song that seemed to really grab me was the song The Ballad of Spider John this is a Willis Alan Ramsey cover but the way that John delivered it was just incredible. Mr. Clay also plays with Colter in The Speedy Creek band but having a chance to hear him front and centre was a treat.
Shortly after 10:15pm the kid from Praries hit The Garrison stage to a room of over 200+ people. Colter Wall walked on with just his beautiful 1937 Martin Guitar and signature hat to open the set. The crowd was hootin’ & hollerin’ and I recall the guy beside me saying to his friend that had never heard a lick of Colter Wall in his life “You’re gonna shit your pants he is that good”. Not exactly sure anyone defecated in their pants but I can tell you when people left they were damn impressed.
From the moment he started to pluck Jimmie Rodgers Mule Skinner Blues to open the set you knew this was gonna be something special. The quite of the room as his deep baritone voice echoed across the room you could see that the folks that had come to listen were immediately entrenched in the voice of Colter Wall. There were a boat load of people singing along to an artist that isn’t being played on terrestrial radio in ANY of the markets in Canada. Colter dropped his debut full length album on Friday May 12th, but has been honing his craft south of the border spending lots of time in the Kentucky region.
If you are a fan of Willie or Waylon or hell even Conway, Colter writes about real life stories and when he sings about them it’s like he is taking you on the journey with him. Country music has been diversifying over the years and it’s really cool when an artist like Wall can bring back the nostalgia in a new way to new fans. A couple of the songs from the set that really stood out was Kate McCannon which is just a hell of a song from start to finish. And on this night it was just after the intro that the band finally joined Colter on stage to really give the song that extra depth. The other was Motorcycle just the upbeat tempo at that time of the set just seemed perfect. If you get a chance to see Colter at any of his upcoming stops I strongly suggest you get your ass off the couch and get to one of his shows. You will not be disappointed.
Huge thanks to Mary and Colters team for having us as well as the fine folks over at Sony Music Canada for inviting us along. Watch for my Colter Wall interview later this week.