Band of Horses
Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian
Band of Horses, like Dylan in reverse, has never been afraid to go un-electric.
The group recently left lead singer Ben Bridwell's native South Carolina to support Acoustic at the Ryman, a 10-song live album released Tuesday. (The album is streaming for free on bandofhorses.com and is available for purchase in all the usual places.) The tour, which began in L.A. on Tuesday, continues with a Valentine's Day appearance on Ellen and a show in San Francisco, followed by dates in Seattle, Canada and the East Coast before a put-a-bow-on-it gig at the Ryman in Nashville on March 5th.
While all four of the group's full-length albums include multiple acoustic songs, the tracks re-arranged for Ryman and at the live show sand off some of the Horses' arena-rock edges, relying heavily on Bridwell's voice, Ramsey's guitar, Monroe's piano and the harmonies between all three. While Bridwell's vocal range lands on the same spectrum as the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, the former maintains a steady and pure tone in all of the places the latter slips into trembling chaos, adding grace to the vulnerability that peppers Band of Horses' catalog.More »