There’s talented singer-songwriter I follow on social media that posts some incredible pictures of West Texas sunsets, storms and nature. He’s quite the artistic talent with a camera, but also knows his way around a song and the frets of the guitar. It’s only natural for a guy like this, Charlie Stout, to know a thing for two about up and coming bands, especially seeing how he gets to share the stage with some of these fine musicians. Having seen Stout post about The Vandoliers, I decided a couple months back to dig into their new album and think you’ll love their song, Rolling Out.
The Texas Music Scene with Ray Benson is a well executed show that I always watch to see some of my favorite artists’ performances. It’s a great way to learn about the background of a song or album, and then enjoy a professional recording as you watch the band have an absolute blast. The Vandoliers released their sophomore album earlier this year, and I suspect their live performances to be a high energy, almost Dropkick Murphy in nature. Lead singer Joshua Fleming has a distinct voice that is certainly not the norm in Texas country, but works. It’s refreshing because it’s not the same. He has an edge and presence that will connect with the audience and maintain their attention.
Fleming comments on Rolling Out as being their anthem of being on the road and touring. Artists like Fleming live for the opportunity to see new places, meet interesting people and share their music with anyone who will listen. The picture that they paint for us, focuses on their excitement of being on the open road.
The blend of string and brass throughout this tune all work together to create the addictive sounds that make this track fly by. I couldn’t believe at how fast this song went when watching, which is a nod to their ability to entertain. With record sales continuing to plummet, it’s stage presence that will be a large factor in a band’s success and pack the venues. Seeing them light up the stage in Rolling Out, I doubt that will be an issue for them.