LIVE: True Grit Outlaws @ Parti Events & Banquet Hall, 1/10/19
Review and photographs by Amy Modesti
Are you looking for something to do in Troy this winter season? Are you looking for a solution to get out of those winter blues and enjoy some entertaining, local music?
Parti Events & Banquet Hall, in partnership with local radio station, 88.3 The Saint, hosted the first night of their inaugural winter concert series earlier this month featuring True Grit Outlaws, the Glens Falls-based country group who performed three sets of Top 40 country hits and classic country tunes that had fans dancing all night long.
Since their formation in 2012, the band has been carving a name for itself in the Greater Nippertown country music scene. True Grit Outlaws – featuring Shawn Blackmer (bass/vocals), Bruce Brockway (lead vocals), James Ferris (lead guitar), Rol Gilman (drums), Arthur LaFleur (guitar/vocals) and Darrell (piano/harmonica) – opened for the Charlie Daniels Band last July at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George, and they’re slated to perform as part of this summer’s Power’s Park concert series. At their Parti Events debut, the group exhibited smart song choices, solid musicality and a strong band chemistry amongst its members.
True Grit Outlaws brought their country covers to life, mixing it up with “Play Something Country” (Brooks & Dunn), “Fast as You” (Dwight Yoakam), “Tennessee Whiskey” (Chris Stapleton), as well as classics like “Simple Man” (Lynyrd Skynyrd), “Good-Hearted Woman” (Waylon Jennings) and “Folsom Prison Blues” (Johnny Cash). The band delivered a great performance to a light crowd of patrons at the banquet hall.
At the beginning of their last set, a young guest performer, three-year-old Brayden, came up on stage dressed as a cowboy, holding his acoustic guitar, and singing some songs with the band until he decided to leave the stage to perform the remaining songs on the “drums” (three bar stools) with a pair of plastic forks.
Despite fighting through a cold, Blackmer’s vocals stood out on some of the band’s classic country songs. The depth of his voice and the way he sang “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Good-Hearted Woman,” eerily reminded me of hearing them directly from Cash and Jennings themselves. Another stand-out moment was their rendition of Jamey Johnson’s “In Color,” a song that you don’t hear often performed by other local country bands. With all their vocals and their tight musicality, TGO performed a great rendition of this song in tribute to the veterans who have served our country.
True Grit Outlaws were both entertaining and fun, bringing country music fans out to the City of Troy to be entertained on a winter Thursday evening.
UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE PARTI WINTER CONCERT SERIES
Showtime is 5pm. Tickets are $5 in advance; $10 at the door; $30 advance VIP; $40 VIP at the door (VIP includes catered dinner and open beer & wine bar)..
Thursday (January 24): The Vinny Michaels Band
Thursday, February 7: Whiskey Highway
Thursday, February 21: Beatin’ the Odds
Thursday, March 7: Hair of the Dog