RED WANTING BLUE – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – May 24th, 2017


Very excited to welcome back...


Shannon McArthur (of The Riflery)

Wed, May 24, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Evening Muse

Charlotte, NC


Tickets at the Door

Red Wanting Blue
Red Wanting Blue
In the years since vocalist and songwriter Scott Terry formed Red Wanting Blue, the band has gone on to establish itself as a quintessential example of American perseverance and hard work, building an exceedingly loyal fanbase based on non-stop touring, all without any industry support.

Known for making instant fans of the uninitiated with one of the most engaging and passionate live shows on the road today, Red Wanting Blue found even bigger audiences after the release of its 2012 "From The Vanishing Point" album, which landed in the Top 10 of Billboard's Heatseekers chart and at #1 for the band's home region.

Appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live, and NPR's Mountain Stage followed, and while the band continues to reach new and bigger career milestones, Red Wanting Blue is also staying true to its roots. This is evident on the upcoming new album "Little America," the band's most personal and promising recording to date.

"Little America" celebrates a community spirit Red Wanting Blue shares with its audience that goes beyond fans who simply give back the passion that comes off the stage. Red Wanting Blue's hard work is matched by fans who work hard, too. It's not unexpected for members of this growing legion to take days off of work and cross state lines to follow the band, to learn just-written tunes from wobbly YouTube videos, and to sing every word at every concert.

Just prior to recording "Little America," Red Wanting Blue wrapped up over two years of touring that brought to the rest of the nation what the band's long-time followers in the middle of the country already knew about. Packed rooms and sold-out performances throughout the U.S. and Canada proved that Red Wanting Blue wasn't just a regional phenomenon. It also gave band leader Terry some newfound perspective on his art and his profession.

"There are several reasons why this album is called 'Little America,'" he explains.

On a white-knuckle drive from Salt Lake City to Denver through a Wyoming snowstorm in the early winter of 2013, the band's converted mobile home nearly hit a jackknifed tractor-trailer.

"The truck came to a halt just before getting to us," Terry remembers. "There was debris everywhere and we sat in awe for a moment before we maneuvered around the wreckage and slowly made our way down the mountain. We pulled off at the first truck stop we saw -- it happened to be named 'Little America.'"

"Little America" also represents an ideology that stems from Terry's childhood.

"As a child, America was the most enormous thing I knew, and as I got older, it became an epic and unconquerable wilderness that I thought I would spend my whole life discovering. My relationship with America has gotten so much more intimate than I ever could have dreamed. It's 'Little America,' like the nickname you can only give to someone after you've really gotten to know them."

Terry also acknowledges the influence of Simon & Garfunkel's classic song "America" on the album, and his life in general.

"I started playing music to get to see this country through the eyes of a rock n' roll band," he says. "'And we walked off to look for America' is one of my favorite lyrical images ever. 'We walked off to look for America?' But, aren't we already here? I suppose so, if it's just a name of a place. But it's so much more than that."

Terry continues, "I'm trying to experience the America I romanticized from the lyrics of rock n' roll songs. I wanted to know what it felt like to 'pull into Nazareth' like The Band's 'The Weight' described. 'On the road again, like a band of gypsies, we go down the highway,' 'Baby, we were born to run,' and on and on and on."

Terry sums up his connection with these songs and his connection with Red Wanting Blue's fans this way: "These songs are the soundtrack of my life, and it's my calling to give that back with the hope of having our songs be the soundtrack of someone else's."

The Red Wanting Blue album "Little America" was released July 1st, 2014
Shannon McArthur (of The Riflery)
Shannon McArthur (of The Riflery)
Beyond the Nashville skyline and away from the bustle of Broadway, over the Cumberland River that splits the city in two, and into the East, Shannon McArthur sits across from a 24-year-old musician from Homer, Alaska – Sam Bowler. Two years of phone conversations about “Joshua Tree”, “Battle Born”, and God has finally materialized.
Shannon McArthur, now 28-years-old, has been around the industry for several years now. His experiences, for better and for worse, have revealed music to hold something completely different, but significantly more valuable than anything he was ever looking for.
Rewind two years, and in what can only be characterized as sheer serendipity, Sam and Shannon met each other in San Francisco, California. Neither had been acquainted, nor knew the other existed, but were nonetheless introduced at a mutual friend's party. "I thought he was either completely nuts or the most genuine person I had ever met," Sam laughs. "He had just had his credit card stolen and both of us were strapped for cash, so we just talked about music." Both cannot help but laugh at the absurdity of it all as they lean back and lose themselves in reminiscence. "I guess he was the latter."
“There’s definitely a strength in numbers that has taken place, Sam brings only the purest elements to the table. He doesn't really know how to care about what people or the industry thinks, I'm definitely ok with that..." Shannon explains. "His perspective is different than mine, yet bizarrely the same, as if it's the same message, but written in a different language."
Together they form The Riflery, a name that Shannon has been embracing for some time. “Every man struggles with the big questions of life…How did we end up here? For what purpose? You can choose to let questions like this weigh you down, or you can focus your thoughts into something beautiful that resonates with those in the same struggle. This is what the Riflery is for me.”
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC