Album release shows are a definite must attend. So, no need for my Facebook RSVP because you know I’ll be there. And there I was Thursday night at Johnny Brenda’s to celebrate the release of Brad Hinton’s new album, Whippoorwill. Whippoorwill is eight great tracks of folk rock and countryesque music. Brad Hinton with the help of (most of the same musicians featured on his album) Phil D’Agostino, Kevin Killen, Daniel ‘Skrappy’ Bower, Paul Wilkinson, Raphael Cutrufello, Joe D’Amico, Jesse Lundy, Annachristie Sadler, Jack Byers, and Bethany Brooks performed Whippoorwill live in its entirety. And it all sounded so magnificent and made my ears smile. Plus, Brad Hinton and band played some of his previous material. As if hearing Whippoorwill was not enough I also got to hear one of my Brad Hinton favorites “Bottom of the Delaware”. I’m sorry, but you can’t help but fall in love with that song and its beautifully perfect performance.
The Barren Wells performed as the opening act and those guys create some great folk rock music that is sing-along-good. Yes, if I was more familiar with The Barren Wells’ music I would have lent my voice to the crowd choir but I guess I’ll have to memorize some lyrics for next time. Anyway, The Barren Wells are good and good deserves a listen.
The Doublewides had the middle time slot but it really doesn’t matter when these guys play because they’re always ready to rain down with unrelenting face-melting rock and roll. This supergroup (whose true identities are disguised and unknown) knows that the life of beloved rockstars is demanding but they never lose sight of the need to have a fun time. It’s that fun atmosphere they create mixed with great music that makes The Doublewides such an awesome band. By the way, I’m glad to see that The Doublewides hired some bodyguards to protect them from their overly enthusiastic superfans.
All in all, it was an excellent night of music.