Red Wanting Blue
Fountain Square, 520 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH
Free Show, 7pm show
Midwestern Rock band, Red Wanting Blue wanted to figure out a way to incorporate strings and horns, as they had done live at a few of their shows. Agreeing that they needed to find the right place to record such an album, the only answer was the all-analog Peppermint Studios located in Youngstown, Ohio. The result? The Peppermint Sessions featuring alternate versions of five songs from the band’s most recent studio album, The Wanting.
To achieve the sound they were looking for, the band called in their “Vampire Club” quartet (Jenna Barvitski, Megan LaMarca, Fred Burazer, Kyle O’Donnell) and friends from Historian Recording Co. (Sam A. Buonavolonta, Melanie Rae, David J. Pokrivńàk) to film the whole process. The album was released digitally in August 2020. The CD version features five bonus tracks from various live sessions the band performed while supporting the release of The Wanting including songs from Paste and Daytrotter sessions, and an Underwater Sunshine Garden Session.
The Wanting, the band’s eleventh album to date, produced by acclaimed singer/songwriter Will Hoge, was released in April 2018. The album drew on many of the group’s traditional strengths—indelible melodies, infectious hooks, explosive performances—even as the making of it pushed them far outside their comfort zone and forced them to take an unprecedented, nearly year-long break from touring. Alternately triumphant and melancholic, the songs on The Wanting are both muscular and nuanced, with frontman Scott Terry’s epic, heartfelt vocals soaring above the band’s gritty brand of driving rock and roll.