On Saturday evening, the wildly anticipated CD release show for my favorite local folk band, The River and The Road took place at the biltmore cabaret in celebration of the band’s sophomore album, Headlights, which was released earlier this year. There was a lot of excited chatter among the crowd as the band was gearing up to perform and doing their sound check. The first song to kick off the evening was off of their new album, “Mistakes,” followed by “I Tried” from their debut album.
Other songs played during the evening off of their first album included, “Rose Bay,” “Too Much of a Good Thing,” and a personal favorite, “The Patron,” which is a fun, upbeat tune. Off the latest record, the band played the album’s first single, “Headlights,” “Somewhere Far,” and a beautiful song called “White Flag.” I love that the band was joined on stage by a violin player for this portion of the night. Although the venue was not at full capacity, it was definitely a strong turnout with a very enthusiastic crowd who gave the band their undivided attention and sang along, mouthing all the words. They even had an encore with the crowd chanting “one more song!” over and over.
Everyone in attendance, including myself, was having a great time, which is pretty easy to do with this band. They are always well-engaged with their audience and know how to have a great time. Once the show ended, many were crowding around the merch table ready to support the band by picking up a copy of their latest CD and a T-shirt.