By Linley McCord
Singer-songwriter Ben Rector is partnering up with Nashville-based folk band Judah and the Lion for a fall tour, and they’re making a stop in Aggieland. Both groups have been to the Grand Stafford Theater before, and this is not Ben Rector’s first time in Rudder either. The combination of these two is sure to be a concert to remember.
Judah and the Lion arrived to a sold-out Stafford last fall. Their sound is a little more indie/folk and their most-recent album—“Kids These Days”—dropped in September 2014. While their first EP’s, “First Fruits” and “Sweet Tennessee,” were a little more relaxed, “Kids These Days” was much more upbeat with the folk feel.
The group is incredibly casual in concert and have been known to remix songs with an indie feel (think: R. Kelly’s “Ignition” with banjos). They’ll immediately make you feel like you’re part of their group and you definitely want to see them live.
Ben Rector released his newest album, “Brand New,” in mid-August to the welcoming arms of adoring fans and earned the third spot on iTunes for top album of the week. He’s consistently had great responses to his honest albums and soulful voice, but “Brand New” seemed to be a league of its own.
The album reflects more of Ben’s personality and is even more of an authentic delivery than normal (listen to “The Men Who Drive Me Places” and “Crazy” off the album for more information). He is prominent on social media—which he runs himself—and his shows always feel more like a gathering of friends than a concert.
The concert is on October 18 and starts at 8pm. Tickets are $25 each, but get them fast as they are almost sold out!