Red Wanting Blue

Globe Hall Presents

Red Wanting Blue

A-Mac & The Height, BBQ Opens at 5pm!

Wednesday, 8/15

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 - $18

This event is 16 and over

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Red Wanting Blue
Red Wanting Blue
“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
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Heatseekers chart. In 2016, they celebrated with a 20 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."
A-Mac & The Height
BBQ Opens at 5pm!
Venue Information:
Globe Hall
4483 Logan Street
Denver, CO, 80216
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