To be completely honest, with how this winter has gone, I’ve grown accustomed to a weekly snowstorm and there’s been a few times where that storm has aligned with a show I want to be at. While trudging through the snow to get to the Palace Theatre to catch The Revivalists was basically a nightmare, once I walked in the doors I forgot about the snowy mess that was outside. Instead, it felt like I walked in a home away from home, somewhere that would take my mind off of what I knew would become another snow filled trek back home.
First up for the night was Nashville based Rayland Baxter. The crowd was slowly but surly trickling in once Baxter & Co. took the stage, but once the house lights dimmed and the stage lights turned on, all of the attention in the venue went to the stage. Personally, I always like the first time I see a band live, because a live performance really does sway what I end up listening to for a few days after the show. When Rayland Baxter started their performance I wouldn’t necessarily say I was blown away by it; however, I definitely found myself with my eyes glued to the stage, the music evoking the seemingly simpler summer vibes I have been craving. For that, I was impressed with how their music was able to spark a distinct emotive reaction for me that made me want to keep listening to what the band had to offer after their set had ended.