Ben Rector Setlist
10/07 Singletary Center - Lexington, KY
10/08 The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
10/09 Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
10/10 Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
10/17 New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN
10/18 Rudder Auditorium - College Station, TX
10/22 House of Blues - Houston, TX
10/23 South Side Ballroom - Dallas, TX
10/24 Stubb's - Austin, TX
10/25 Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
10/28 Tennessee Theatre - Knoxville, TN
10/29 The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
10/30 The Ritz - Raleigh, NC
11/03 Charleston Music Hall - Charleston, SC
11/05 Louisiana Tech University - Ruston, LA
11/06 Alabama Theatre - Birmingham, AL
11/07 Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
The Nashville resident has been gradually building his loyal audience for years, releasing three EPs and seven albums on his own terms, the most recent being Brand New on his Aptly Named Recordings label, and his recent performance at the recently refurbished Northrop Auditorium on the campus of the University of Minnesota, showed that brand new is just fine with his multitude of fans.
Judah & the Lion
Judah & the Lion
After the fifth song, a touching ‘When a Heart Breaks’, Rector took a breath to address the crowd, mentioning Minneapolis as the first city to sell out, when Rector first started touring. ‘The Men That Drive Me Places’ from the new album was inspired by a story of a cab driver, with Rector determined to preserve his story as an everyday hero in our land of opportunity.
‘Note to Self’ brought out the vocal harmonies and then the band gathered around a center mic for a mini-acoustic set, including a re-arranged ’Forever Like That’, spotlighting two members of the band, that both come from the area originally.
The two encore songs were tailor-made for weddings, the new ‘More Like Love’ and 2010’s ‘White Dress’, the latter being one of Rector’s biggest hits and had audience members young and old (a good number of families there) clapping along from the song’s beginning.
Rector’s inspired music captures the upbeat magic that happens on an everyday basis, that is often not noticed or appreciated, but it’s clear his loyal fans notice and value every note, whether old or brand new.
Ben Rector at Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis (24 Sept 2015)