Mar 13, 2014:
For the Friday of St. Paddy’s day weekend in the barn kicked off Friday night with the Morgan Leigh Band, a band out of Southern California.
Members include lead vocals Morgan Leigh, rhythm guitar and background vocals Paul Coughlin, lead guitar Josh Blixt, fiddle, banjo, and background vocals Reuel Zavala, bass Eric Cihonski, and on the drums Gustin Flaig.
You might recognize Leigh from her recent appearance on American Idol season 12. Sadly her Journey ended in the Hollywood round but that hasn’t kept this feisty female down.
Leigh has competed in other competitions such as Texaco Country Showdown, and was the State Winner, an American Country Star Finalist, and the National Anthem performer for several PBR Finals.
The Morgan Leigh band itself has opened for several big names including Pat Benatar, Loverboy, Jamie O’Neal, Phil Vassar, Craig Wayne Boyd, James Otto, and Sammy Kershaw.
They have their new album out entitled “Trouble” and include 10 original songs including “Any Little Thing” written by Leigh and Coughlin.
Leigh has an amazing falsetto in this acoustic version I wish it would have showed up more in her live performance from Friday night.
Don’t get me wrong this girl can belt out with the best of ‘em but in my opinion her sweet spot is in the soft sexy voice that is hard to show case with a live band.
Overall the band members, including Leigh, gave their audience one high energy performance. The first set was a little low on the adrenaline but when they hit that stage for their second set there was no doubt they were ready to rock the barn.
The only real disappointment of the night was the lack of classic country. When asked to play some Johnny Cash they replied with “We don’t know any”. It seems a shame, if that is the case that, they haven’t really dipped into the great vault of country music and put their own twist on some classic songs.
Overall though they had an amazing night and I was very impressed. This band certainly lived up to its reputation and the hype that Skooters advertised.
To get more info on this band, listen to some of their other originals, or even catch them on tour go to their band page at: http://www.morganleighband.com/
Mar 14, 2015:
The Saturday night of the St. Paddy’s day celebration involved the Jeremy Graham Band a five piece band from Augusta Georgia.
Members include Jeremy Graham, Mike Buress, L.M. English, Al Beasley, and Zack L.
At first glance this band might look a little boring consisting of a couple older gentlemen and only two younger ones but let me tell you age has no limit for this band!
English, the 80 year old steel guitar player, stole the show completely with his raunchy antics and hilarious rap battle with lead singer Graham. He is absolutely the life of the party and had all of the 20 somethings wrapped around his little “thing” the entire night!
What I loved most about this particular band was their playing of older country and some good ole rock and roll. There are not many bands these days that still pay homage to their rock-n-roll roots during shows.
I was lucky enough to be given their new CD “This is how Country Boys Kill Time” and listen to several of their original songs. One of my personal favorites of his were “Ride out to nowhere”
Hearing it live and then hearing the album cut you couldn’t tell a difference. So many times the artist doesn’t sound on their album like they do live but with Graham this is not the case at all.
You can tell that his heart and soul gets poured into his music and much like any other artist he draws from real life experience. My favorite song he played during his show was actually a song about a fight with his wife entitled “Drinking Again” and while some ladies took offense I found it to be a clear cut country drinking song and is the type of song every country band should have in their repertoire.
They cover a lot of older country music and also know how to crank that bass to 11 and play hits like “My Kinda Party” and “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy”.
Overall while at first look you wouldn’t think these guys were a serious country band I’ll leave you with the famous adage “Never Judge a book by its cover” because once they opened up this book it was a non-stop country train until 3am.
To find out more about this band, buy their CD, or find out where they will be next check out their band page at: http://www.jeremygrahamband.com/
I have also been published in National Geographic for an article I wrote about a Research trip with the Shedd Aquarium check it out: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/02/iguana-research-on-gaulin-cay-bahamas/