Red Wanting Blue

The Warehouse Sessions

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For this live album, presented as a 14-track CD accompanied by 12-song DVD, the Ohio rock sextet Red Wanting Blue adopt the "unplugged" approach, with the bandmembers sitting on chairs and guitarists John Kengla and Greg Rahm strumming acoustics. The small crowd of 100 fans sits in what looks like a gallery space with art on the walls, and the group is lit largely from beneath for a haunting effect. Even in this intimate environment, the proceedings are dominated by singer Scott Terry, who sits in the center of the stage and leads the band through his emotive songs, which he sings in his throaty baritone. Terry is more restrained than usual, although by the end of the set he is standing up and has wrenched the microphone from its stand, the better to work up the crowd's enthusiasm. As usual, his songs are about his struggle as an artist and his devotion, through struggle, to a loved one. This is true of the new songs, too. "Finger in the Air" (that finger is the middle one) speaks to his defiance and determination, while "You Are My Las Vegas" uses gambling imagery to explore romantic commitment. Without comment, Red Wanting Blue drop a cover of Ryan Adams' "Come Pick Me Up" into the middle of the set, probably not a good idea, since Adams' writing has all the originality and daring that Terry's lacks. It's by far the best song in the show.

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