Over the past 3 days I’ve gotten to see 2 shows of The Ramblin Revival Tour featuring Owen Temple, Adam Carroll and Jason Eady. It’s been such a pleasure to see three guys that are extremely talented in smaller venues in front of crowds that appreciate music.
Last night’s show was at the Mucky Duck, here in Houston, and despite the threatening hurricane that never materialized, the guys played to a full house. I haven’t seen these guys much, but after spending about 7 hours with them over the last few days, what I walk away with is a deeper understanding of songwriting.
Owen Temple has to be one of the most underrated songwriters I know. His way of taking ordinary circumstances and creating a story told through music is an art that puts him up there with the best of the best. I truly enjoy his enthusiasm and refreshing style on stage. Enthusiasm and style only get you so far… fortunately for Owen he can deliver solid music and solid songwriting as well, making him a superb artist. He sang a song about St. Louis that has some killer lyrics in it… I would kill for a copy of that song… I don’t think it’s been recorded anywhere though.
Adam Carroll’s delivery, choice of words, and timing throughout his songs have me drawing deeper and deeper into each song he sings. At first glance you might write him off as quirky but don’t let his funny comments and story’s fool you. This guy can write… and sing. The thing I like about Adam is that his songs are so broad.. he had the crowd laughing and banging the tables during a song about Milwaukee’s Best.. but had them silent and drawn in not a song later during Highway Prayer.
Out of the three, I’ve been a fan of Jason Eady the longest and am continually amazed at how he can take a song and write it in a way that has you begging him to sing it again, just so you can understand it better. It’s like watching a good movie over and over and finding things you’re never seen before. And don’t get me started on his blues/country/folk/bluegrass/rock/whatever sound that is effortlessly pushed through the mic and speakers. One of my favorites he did last night was Redemption and hearing it live was even more powerful than sitting in my truck listening to it on an empty stretch of Texas highway.
The tour is almost over, but if you get a chance to see any of these guys live I would highly recommend it. Here is a video of Eady doing Back to Jackson. the video is dark because of lighting and sitting far back but you can hear his playing and words cut through. (The others I took were ruined because I found myself singing along. oops.)