Okay, so this isn't exactly theatre, but it is entertainment. A few weeks ago I got to hear and see Ryan Shupe & the Rubber Band perform live. As always, I love live music. As always, I didn't really know their music. As always, I shimmied my way to the front row and screamed like a rabid fan directly at the musicians, after asking someone next to me what the names were of the various band members.
My first experience with the music of Ryan Shupe & the Rubber band was probably in 2002. My sister had some of their tunes. I listened to one called "Snow," which I think may have been inspired by the death of Howard W. Hunter? Maybe? I think I also listened to a song called "Go to Hell." Anyway, I thought it was good back then. This concert was my second experience with their music.
Apparently they play what is classified as country music. Strike one. I didn't remember their music as sounding country at all from the first time I listened to them. When they came on the stage, to me it sounded like the person who was speaking was trying to sound like a hick. You know, trying to put the twang in his voice. Strike two. Don't pretend. Be real, dude! I don't care if the record company says that you're country artists and that you're supposed to talk like that: it's LAME! Stop it! Fortunately, he cut out the "accent" a little later on in the show or at least it didn't sound so forced to me later on.
You see, I don't like country music, but what I do like is what I like to call alternative bluegrass. In other words, the musicians are playing the fiddle, the banjo, perhaps the mandolin, but they still have a fresh non-country, non-wife-leaving/dog-losing/truck-breaking, sound to it. It's more like alternative rock with banjos and fiddles. You know? I like that. And, that is what Ryan Shupe & the Rubber Band sounds like to me.
Bottom line: I enjoyed the concert. The music was mostly good, and I could probably listen to their music in my car on a road trip - the whole CD straight through. There are a lot of songs to like in the world, but only a select number of bands that I can stand for an entire CD. I believe that they are one of those. If you check out their songs on their web page, I have to say that I liked "Even Superman" in spite of its country sound.
Dang it. I like a country band.