Let’s get weird. Atlanta brought a bit of the dirty south to SideTracks (Huntsville, AL) 11-10-17. When Almost Kings comes to town it is certainly something you won’t want to miss. The night was kicked off by Alabama musicians, By All Means, Cavalen and Vaalbara with Nashville guest, Kris Bell. Cavalen’s recent live show write up can be found by following the link. Stay tuned for future Alabama Spotlight articles, featuring local talent.
If you are looking to get out of your head for a night, there is no clearer choice for me than a live performance by Almost Kings. Line up changes over the years have never deterred from the palpable energy that radiates off stage. Joining established members, Bryan “Boze” Bozeman and Ryan Yunker, are Tony Bennett, along with northerners, Jude Buckingham, Ron “Breezy” Brown and newest member, Chris “Topher” Blanck. Yes, a few Yankees (I can say it, I am one) have found their way into this southern party-rock/hip-hop playground.
Almost Kings knows how to bring proper balance to their full set. They deliver the perfect mix of their earlier work (“Cheers”/”Bang Loud”), to fun covers of hip-hop favorites, (“Baby Got Back”/”Jump Around”) to their new hits off latest album, Forever This Time (Check out my review). Whether the hard hitting rocker “Shadows” or the light hearted pop number “The Weekend” are more your style, you can not deny the raw grit behind “Legend.” I dare any artist out there to battle Boze on the second verse of “Bounce.” Bassist and retired Army vet, Tony Bennett showed the crowd why he is Army Strong this Veteran’s Day weekend. Three nights prior to show a portion of his thumb was removed due to a culinary incident and 10 stitches were administered to partially close the wound. These men showcase a wide range of untempered talent and personality both on and off stage.
If you can’t check out their live performance, head over to their social media and music sharing platforms to keep updated. If you can check out their live performance..drive, walk, crawl, just get to the show. You will leave the venue better than when you arrived.