Red Wanting Blue singer determined to stay true
To Scott Terry, singer-guitarist-songwriter of Red Wanting Blue, the Beatles provide the perfect blueprint for how to progress musically as a band.
“From the days of ‘Hard Day's Night' and the evolution of their music from record to record, it's like they continued to progress. They continued to move,” Terry says. “But it was always just enough that you still swallowed it easy. It was never medicine that had to be taken. It was always what you wanted next.
“That, to me, is the mark of a successful musical record.”
Terry won't call Red Wanting Blue, who perform Saturday at Club Cafe, another Beatles, but the idea of not getting ahead of the band's audience might have been more important than ever with the band's current CD, “From The Vanishing Point.”
That's because a decade and a half after forming the group and self-releasing seven CDs, for the new album, Red Wanting Blue signed with a label, Fanatic Records. The label involvement invited worries from fans that the group would alter its sound in an effort to reach a wider audience.
But Terry says he was determined to stay true to the sound Red Wanting Blue had established.
“There are very definite similarities between ‘These Magnificent Miles' and ‘From The Vanishing Point,' ” he says, also mentioning the previous Red Wanting Blue CD. “It's not like it's all different now and the band's identity has changed as a result of signing with this label.”
It makes sense that Terry would respect the history of Red Wanting Blue, considering the tenacity he has shown in leading the group throughout its history.
While the group has built a loyal, if not large, following — especially in the Midwest — plenty of musicians in Terry's position would have thrown in the towel on the band and a career in music a long time ago.
In fact, the three musicians who joined Terry when the group was formed in fall 1995 in Athens, Ohio, have long since left the fold, as have five other musicians who have been in the group over the years.
Terry admits that he has asked himself more than a few times why he has stayed the course with Red Wanting Blue.
“Literally, I do think that,” he says, noting that a song on “From The Vanishing Point” addresses the ongoing quest for success. “That's the song ‘Hope On A Rope.' At the end of the song, ‘Our hope/Like a carrot on a rope/Always off in the distance/There she blows.' That's what it's been. Sometimes I just feel what we do is crazy. I mean, it really is.
“Sometimes, I hate this so much,” Terry says, addressing the grind of touring. “But what the hell else would I be doing? I'd still rather be doing this than just about anything else.”
Terry is very pleased with how “From The Vanishing Point” turned out. And, as the band intended, the CD stays true to the basic Red Wanting Blue sound, which Terry describes as “American rock and roll.”
On “From The Vanishing Point,” the group, which includes bassist Mark McCullough, guitarist-keyboardist Greg Rahm, guitarist-multi-instrumentalist Eric Hall and drummer Dean Anshutz, turns out an unpretentious set of heartland rockers and ballads. The band hits a high point right off the bat with “Stay On The Bright Side,” a full-bodied, mid-tempo rocker with a striking melody. Nothing else on “From The Vanishing Point” quite equals that opening track, but there are plenty of other worthy tunes, including the mid-tempo anthem “Audition,” the melancholy “Love Remains,” the country-flecked “Cocaine” and “White Snow,” a rocker that is just a bit friskier than most of the other songs on the CD.
Such songs translate well to a live show that Terry says will lean toward material from “From The Vanishing Point” and other recent CDs, along with a few fan favorites from early albums.
“There are some songs that have always stuck through,” he says. “For example, there's an old song that was on the very first album we ever made, called ‘Venus 55' that got a very cultish following that still follows us around 15 years later.”
Alan Sculley is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Conductor Krzysztof Urbanski shines in Heinz Hall debut
- Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested in deadly LA hit-and-run
- Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians journey afield for ‘Play N’At’
- Skillet hopes Christian music tour Winter Jam fans the flames of hope
- Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra brings ‘A Night in Russia’
- New York City-based band Antibalas not afraid to be a step, or Afrobeat, ahead
- Pittsburgh band The Love Letters a throwback to poppier age
- Marilyn Manson still happy to ‘prove people wrong’
- Review: ‘Rodelinda’ a big success for Pittsburgh Opera
- Budway’s ‘Candor’ is a sweet parting