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Blue Water Highway – Unplugged
January 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Grand Stafford Theater presents:
Blue Water Highway – unplugged!
Local support from Joey McGee
Read more about the artists below:
Blue Water Highway
Blue Water Highway comes from the working class, coastal town background that has informed the work of so many of rock’s greatest writers and artists. They take their name from the roadway that links their hometown of Lake Jackson, Texas to Galveston, where the cops, the teachers, the baristas and the chemical plant workers travel to work hard and to play hard, blowing off steam, dancing to their favorite bands. Blue Water Highway’s music is the soundtrack for their lives. “Best Friend” is the first single from their upcoming album Heartbreak City, coming out on Blue Water Highway Records/Thirty Tigers on June 8th. With a hook that’s a mile wide, it chronicles the lives, loves and friendships that sustain us. Blue Water Highway was started by two “best friends” from high school – Zack Kibodeaux (lead vocals, guitar) and Greg Essington (vocals/guitar). Zack then turned to Catherine Clarke (vocals/keyboard) to complete the three-part harmonies the band would soon be known for. They were then joined by Kyle Smith (Bass) and Jared Wilson (drums).
On his latest album, El Camino Real (Feb. 22, 2019) McGee draws on those roots for sustenance as he navigates the complex terrain of human emotions and experiences in nine original tracks and one cover (Guy Clark’s “The Cape”).
In songs such as “Sunday Blues” and “The Likes of You,” McGee’s warm baritone delivers lyrics that are incredibly personal and revealing. But in others, such as “Hurricane/Forty-Two Hundred and Cigarettes,” he inhabits the role of storyteller, weaving Springsteen-worthy narratives for characters who sound so real, they have to exist somewhere.
Regardless of whether he’s laying bare his own psyche or examining others’, his lyrics always come across as honest. Genuine. Maybe the word we want here is true. As in, they feel true. And speak truths.