Red Wanting Blue - The Hitchhikers Tour

First Fleet Concerts Presents:

Red Wanting Blue - The Hitchhikers Tour

Tue, July 30, 2019

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


Des Moines, IA


This event is all ages

Red Wanting Blue
Red Wanting Blue
Hailed as “Midwestern rock heroes” by American Songwriter, Red Wanting Blue has
spent the last twenty years establishing themselves as one of the indie world’s most
enduring and self-sufficient acts, notching appearances everywhere from Letterman to
NPR and reaching #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, all while operating largely
outside the confines of the traditional music industry. For their powerful new album,
‘The Wanting,’ the band handed production duties over to acclaimed
singer/songwriter Will Hoge, who helped them create their most ambitious, fully
realized collection yet. Recorded in Nashville, TN, the record draws on many of the
group’s traditional strengths—indelible melodies, infectious hooks, explosive
performances—even as the making of it pushed them far outside their comfort zone
and forced them to take an unprecedented, nearly year-long break from touring.
Alternately triumphant and melancholic, the songs on ‘The Wanting’ are both
muscular and nuanced, with frontman Scott Terry’s epic, heartfelt vocals soaring
above the band’s gritty brand of driving rock and roll. 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 contributed to
the writing, and I feel like we all matured as artists because of it.”
Over the course of ten previous studio albums, Red Wanting Blue 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. In 2016, they
celebrated with a 20 th 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.
Red Wanting Blue is:
Scott Terry (Vocals, Tenor Guitar, Ukulele)
Mark McCullough (Bass, Chapman Stick, Vocals)
Greg Rahm (Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals)
Eric Hall (Guitar, Lap Steel, Vocals)
Dean Anshutz (Drums & Percussion)
Venue Information:
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309