Red Wanting Blue are from Columbus, Ohio. They have been playing their brand of Americana for 22 years. Tonight the City Winery is packed, including standing room only. Here are some of the top moments.
In the intimate space of the venue, it’s easy to hear the crowd shout requests. “Play the new songs!” “Play whatever you want!” The lead singer, Scott Terry, replies, “I’m going to do both. I’ll play new songs and whatever I want!”
“You Are My Las Vegas” is a crowd favorite. It’s a joyfully fun song that puts a smile on everyone’s face. “What are the odds that you’re going home with me, real soon?”
“This is the End” is a great track from their latest album, the Will Hoge produced The Wanting. “Cause we both know, this is not the beginning, this is the end.” It occupies the space they have cornered, the beautiful melancholic.
For the encore, just the lead singer and the guitarist with an acoustic take the stage. “We have played many places in Chicago where this song wouldn’t work. But this place is a great one for it.” They launch into “My Name is Death”. It’s a fantastically cool tune from the point of view of the Grim Reaper. “I’m the baddest motherfucker you’ll ever meet” sings the audience gleefully.
“Hey Chicago, we should hang out more often”. –Scott Terry