LIVE: The Kyle Bourgault Band @ the Rustic Barn Pub, 9/8/17
Review and photographs by Amy L. Modesti
It was Country Night at the Rustic Barn Pub in Troy on Friday, September 8, and it was the first time that these two Greater Nippertown country music acts, The Coveralls and the Kyle Bourgault Band, united to perform for an audience that was ready to line dance their way onto the Rustic Barn for one great evening of live music.
The Coveralls – featuring Peter Bearup (electric guitar, harmonica, vocals), Kyle Esposito (electric bass), Kevin Maul (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), Charlie Morris (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Bob Resnick (drums, percussion) – opened the evening focusing on Americana, classic country, Texas artists and roots rockers. The Coveralls kicked off their set with a batch of covers, as they dug into the songbags of Guy Clark, Midland, Fred Eaglesmith, Billy Joe Shaver, Joe Ely, Jason Isbell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hank Williams Jr. and, yes, even the Rolling Stones.
A highlight of their set was the addition of their new cover tune, “Drinkin’ Problem,” with Morris on lead vocals. A tune that has been receiving air play on contemporary country radio, Morris & Co. put their own unique, Americana spin on this hit.
The Kyle Bourgault Band – featuring Kyle Bourgault (vocals), Paul Brassard (piano/vocals), Kevin Maul (vocals, banjo, mandolin, pedal steel), Joe Mele (guitar), Rich Romano (guitar), Stephen Seney (drums) and Frank Valenti (bass, vocals) – headlined the evening with two sets of contemporary country and southern rock covers, as well as original tunes culled from Bourgault’s album, Absofreakinlutley. And the band was in a partyin’ mood, as they were celebrating the first anniversary of the band’s debut.
Bourgault stepped up to the mic to sing his own original songs – “Another Round of You,” “Made to Be a Country Boy,” “Sensitive Kind,” “Little Red Dress” and “Better Every Beer” – mixing in popular covers along the way. He took time out to ask for a moment of silence and dedicate Montgomery Gentry’s “Hillbilly Shoes” to guitarist-vocalist Troy Gentry, who had just died in a helicopter crash that day.
Another touching moment came during Cole Swindell’s “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” when Bourgault tipped his cowboy hat in salute to the veterans who are serving our country.
NOTE: Strong supporters of local veterans, the band is currently raffling off a fiddle that was signed by Charlie Daniels at this year’s New York State Food Festival. All of the proceeds from the $5 raffle will go towards a disabled veteran. You can enter the raffle at any of Bourgault’s gigs between now and Saturday, December 9.
The second set was shorter, but just as satisfying. The crowd was on their feet with excitement when the band sang the introduction to “Better Every Beer” a cappella. The band had filmed a music video for the song at the Rustic Barn back in May, and the KBB fans who had participated in the video were roaring their approval.
After the ubiquitous “Wagon Wheel,” the band closed out the evening with an instrumental rendition of Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” that dovetailed into “Absofreakinlutley” (the title track of Bourgault’s debut album), sending the fans home with big smiles on their faces.
THE COVERALLS SET LIST
Baby Took a Limo to Memphis (Guy Clark)
Drinkin’ Problem (Midland)
Time to Get a Gun (Fred Eaglesmith)
The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ (It’s All About to Change) (Travis Tritt & Marty Stuart)
The Hottest Thing in Town (Billy Joe Shaver)
Super 8 (Jason Isbell)
All Just to Get to You (Joe Ely)
Snake Farm (Ray Wylie Hubbard)
Dead Flowers (the Rolling Stones)
Family Tradition (Hank Williams Jr.)
THE KYLE BOURGAULT BAND SET LIST
Beer in Mexico (Kenny Chesney)
Another Round of You
Take It Easy (The Eagles)
Toes (Zac Brown Band)
Amie (Pure Prairie League)
Made to Be a Country Boy
Copperhead Road (Steve Earle)
Hillbilly Shoes (Montgomery Gentry)
Little Red Dress
Walk of Life (Dire Straits)
Ramblin’ Man (Allman Brothers Band)
Ain’t Worth the Whiskey (Cole Swindell)
Free And Easy (Dierks Bentley)
5-1-5-0 (Dierks Bentley)
Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels Band)
Jessica (Allman Brothers Band)
Homegrown (Zac Brown Band)
Lot of Leaving Left to Do (Dierks Bentley)
Better Every Beer
American Kids (Kenny Chesney)
Move (Luke Bryan)
Ain’t Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up) (Garth Brooks)
Drunk on a Plane (Dierks Bentley)
Folsom Prison (Johnny Cash)
Saving It Up for Saturday Night (Sam Austin)
The Breeze (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Country Girl (Shake It For Me) (Luke Bryan)
Keep Your Hands to Yourself (Georgia Satellites)
Chicken Fried (Zac Brown Band)
Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show)
Friends in Low Places (Garth Brooks)