There are only a few bands in your lifetime that come along and touch you in ways that nothing else can. I have been fortunate enough to have that happen on a few occasions. Needtobreathe is one of those bands for me. Their music speaks to me and makes me feel things that have made them a part of my life. I have only seen them live 3 times now and each time they get better. I have all their studio albums on vinyl and now their 2 live albums. The latest to the collection is the release ‘Acoustic Live, Vol. 1’. And that is what we are going to talk about here today.
Back in 2017, Needtobreathe went on their first ever acoustic tour. They played smaller venues and stripped it down bare to make the shows as intimate as they possibly could. Sadly, I had to miss the show due to my work schedule and let me tell you how much that sucked. I hate that work gets in the way of life.
Back to the album…the cover art was drawn by none other than Bo Rhinehart, lead guitarist. He is one talented MF. He also designed the videos shown during their most recent tour that my wife and I caught this past Summer (read about HERE). The rest of the artwork is really strong giving the album this vintage, retro look of say the early 1900’s. It is really cool.
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Needtobreathe released their new E.P. titles ‘Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions)’ which is a longer name than the album as the album is merely an E.P. featuring only 4 tracks. The Niles City Sound Sessions is actually a place in Fort Worth, Texas with a trio of producers that call themselves Niles City Sound. Needtobreathe sat with them for a time and these four songs came from that session.
I have ordered this on a beautiful 10″ Pink Vinyl, but it won’t actually come until September which is a long way from now. I will have been to the concert supporting this release before I actually have the physical product. The concert is August 21st out in the blistering heat at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. Nothing like a concert, outside in the middle of Summer!!!
The band consists of the following members…
- Bear Rinehart – vocals
- Bo Rinehart – guitar, banjo, mandolin
- Seth Bolt – bass, percussion
- Josh Lovelace – piano, organ
Since it is only 4 tracks, let us get right to it…
“Bridges Burn” was is the first track and it opened up with some weird “da-doo, da-doo, doo, doo, doo, doo nonsense (it isn’t that bad once you hear the rest of the song). I became skeptical real quick. Thankfully that was extremely short-lived. The song then turns into a classic Needtobreathe. The slow groove along with the piano accompaniment and Bear Rinehart’s vocals pouring out the emotion and allows you to feel everything he is releasing into the song. They are still incorporating some electronic elements, but not enough to distract.
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Needtobreathe recently announced a new tour starting in August and a new project titled ‘Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions)’. The first single from that project is titled “Bridges Burn”. Before I go into the song, let’s talk about the band.
Needtobreathe is one of my absolutely favorite bands and I am excited they are finally coming back to Charlotte as it has been awhile. I will do my best to make it to this show even if it will be OUTSIDE…IN AUGUST…IN THE SOUTH!! What were they thinking??? There is nothing like sitting outside in 100º weather.
Back to the music…here is what the band says about the new project…
“Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions)” is a new collection of songs made over the course of a few weeks in Fort Worth, TX with the producer trio Niles City Sound. This music documents the season that we’re in as a band right now.
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