Local Americana group Eastbound Jesus played last Friday at Albany’s popular venue, Red Square. The band announced early in the day on their Facebook page that there would be no opening band and they were excited to play longer sets that night with plenty of music to spare.
The crowd quickly rushed the stage once Eastbound Jesus had started tuning their instruments. To some disappointment, it was only the sound check. Even before their set, the band set the bar high with only warming up and the crowd had a to control their anticipation a bit longer. A quick “Sorry guys, we’ll start real soon” reassured the crowd. After a round of drinks, the boys were ready to rock, roll and ramble on.
With Adam Brockway on acoustic guitar wearing his signature hat, Zack Infante rocking the lap steel in his chair, Dave Wright on bass and mandolin, Dylan Robinson playing electric guitar as well as Carl Anderson on drums and Luke Anderson on banjo, Eastbound Jesus has quickly become one of the Capital District’s most beloved bands. Each member contributed vocals and lyrics that almost break your heart, making it impossible not to enjoy a performance, with music that stirs your blood and makes you stomp your feet. It should come as no surprise the band was voted ‘Best Country Band’ in the Metroland’s “Best of 2012” issue this past July. Eastbound Jesus released their second album, Holy Smokes! last January and with such chemistry between them, there’s nothing but more great music to follow.
Eastbound Jesus will be appearing at the Bella Terra Festival on August 19th in Stephentown, New York and 3rd annual Upstate Boogie Festival in Lyons, NY August 31st. They will also be making stops at Nectars in Burlington, Vermont on August 23rd and Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, New York on August 25th. For more tour dates, news and free tunes, head to their website, eastboundjesus.com