I’m not the biggest party animal. Nightclubs are really not my scene. But one thing I love love love is live music. A few weeks before we left Houston for Aberdeen, Needtobreathe (AKA my favorite band EVER…or at least for the past year) was playing at the House of Blues.
We originally planned to
go, but as the date came nearer, we knew we just didn’t have the energy or the
time to take a break from our ex-patriating to-do list. Instead we blared their
albums on repeat while we sifted through all of our belongings and completed
mounds of paperwork. They quickly became the soundtrack for our newest
Shortly after arriving in Aberdeen, I noticed on the band’s
facebook page that they were on a UK tour. I scooted over to their website to
check out the dates and found out that the only time they’d be in Scotland was
in Glasgow that very night. Since it was too late to make accommodations for
the dogs and ourselves, we sadly missed another chance to see them live.
But as fate would have it, I scrolled down
their tour list to see that they were playing in Baton Rouge on October 11. And
what do you know, I would just so happen to be in south Louisiana
that day. Not wanting to miss another opportunity, I coaxed my friend April
into going with me and letting me crash at her place for the night. I was so
excited. After a year of playing their songs on loop, I was finally going to
see them in person.
So, did they live up to the hype? Absolutely. What I love
most about Needtobreathe is the energy of their music. Seeing them live took it
to a whole new level. It’s hard to
describe, but I’d label their music as folksy southern rock, with traces of
country and gospel added in. I’ve got a weakness for rock and roll and when
they add in banjos and harmonicas, I just fall flat out in love.
I don’t want
to insult them by calling them ‘Kings of Leon’-esque, because I think they are
even better than that, but it’s the closest comparison I can come up with. I tried to capture some video of the show, but
our first row balcony seats didn’t make for great video and picture ops, though
it did make a great vantage point for our entertainment. I highly recommend checking out this link for an acoustic live performance that will have you in tears. So beautiful!
One of the most pleasant
surprises of the show was opening act Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. He was
really good. Really really good. Bruce Springsteen good. Bought 3 of his albums after the show good.
I’d call him a cross between The Boss and LadyAntebellem, but April would call
him a non-sleezy John Mayer. His voice is angelic and his singer/songwriter
style is right up my alley. Though he performed solo, he is part of a group
which features his wife as his co-lead singer. It’s super great. Just trust me
on this one.
Overall, I’d put the show in my top 3 of all time. And guess what?
Needtobreathe will be making a return trip to bonnie Scotland in December which
gives us plenty of time to find a place to stay for both ourselves and the dogs.
Two needtobreathe concerts in 3 months. I’m well on my way to becoming a
groupie, or a “breather” as they’re called on the tour circuit.