Blue Water Highway Band

U Pointe Concert Series Presents...

Blue Water Highway Band

Bryce Merritt

Fri, March 17, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$10.00

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VENUE INFORMATION & POLICIES
Common Grounds is an outdoor venue with standing room only. In case of extreme weather, the show may be moved. Set times are subject to change. No SLR cameras or removable lenses will be permitted. Children three years of age and under do not require a ticket to attend. No pets other than service animals are allowed at the venue during a show.

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Blue Water Highway
Blue Water Highway
Blue Water Highway runs just outside of Freeport up towards Galveston along the Texas Gulf Coast. This is the part of the world where the cultures of Texas and Louisiana collide in a unique melting pot steeped in the traditions of the people of both states. It is here, in the town of Lake Jackson, TX, that Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington became high school friends after Zack witnessed Greg playing Billy Joel's "Piano Man," and immediately enrolled in piano lessons himself. Their partnership included performing in musicals and local coffee shops, until the friends went their separate ways after high school. Greg headed to New York City to pursue a degree in music technology. Zack went to Texas State in San Marcos to study vocal performance, specifically opera. Soon, Zack was writing songs and sending them to his friend in New York. Finally, he coaxed Greg back to Texas to form the band he had been hearing in his head. Although they had landed in their adopted hometown of San Marcos, when it came time to name the band the first thing that came to mind was the landmark back home on the coast. The two dubbed the band, Blue Water Highway Band, and began to create a sound as unique as the region they came from.
Finding the right group of people to complete the band came with its own set of challenges. Zack turned to Catherine Clark, a fellow opera singer, to complete the three part harmonies that the band would soon to be known for. Kyle James Smith was enlisted as the bassist and Zach Landreneau joined on keyboards, lap steel, guitar, accordion, and pretty much any other instrument you can think of. The band released a self-titled, six song, EP in 2013 and then followed that up with the full length LP “Things We Carry” in 2015. This album featured the single “Medicine Man” that quickly became the closing song in an increasingly popular live show.
The band began touring across the United States in 2015 and continues to define themselves as a live act built on excellent musicianship, great songs, and that signature three part harmony that sets the band apart from their peers. They continue to explore new sounds and musical landscapes will remaining true to their roots along the Blue Water Highway.
Folks notice. "Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington of the Blue Water Highway Band are some of the best vocalists I've heard in a long time," says pioneering singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix. "Their delivery, timing, lyrics, and harmonies and overall musicianship make them the real deal. On top of it all, they are good guys and true professionals. Simply put, I was blown away with their live show." Legendary multi-instrumentalist and producer Lloyd Maines echoes the sentiment: "The Blue Water Highway Band is the best new band that I've heard in years. Their vocals are spot on and their writing is smart and thoughtful. They're very serious and impressive musicians''

Remember those words: smart and thoughtful. The current Kyle, Texas residents prove over ("The Running") and again ("John Henry") they're seamless narrative storytellers. The pair frequently double down on the ancient American tradition of giving a voice to the struggles and triumphs of the people they love in a partnership that began simply enough: by swapping songs and discovering a singular style. "People say we have a sonic landscape like a Depression-era radio being played on a Brazos River steamboat. I'd liken it to the strange effect of a bluesy, soul-infused Hank Williams time traveling and stealing a Ryan Adams cover of a Guy Clark song about the Gulf Coast," Essington says.

Accordingly, the songs themselves span broad landscapes. " 'The Running' is an underdog story from three perspectives about how one deals with working hard for something and not making it," Kibodeaux explains. "And 'John Henry' is our take on the classic underdog folk tale. "The title track sort of ties the album together. It tells the story of an encounter with a muse-like character (an old-time movie star) who uses the phrase ''things we carry'' with a bit of a twist, as if to say we are carrying each other along, helping each other with our problems.''
Bryce Merritt
Bryce Merritt
Bryce Merritt is a soulful pop singer whose powerhouse vocals, honest lyrics, and quirky charisma set him apart from the crowd.

An Oklahoma native, Bryce discovered a knack for songwriting and performing from a young age, eventually immersing himself in a catchy pop sound that resonates deeply with both him and his audiences. After establishing his presence and fanbase in and around Oklahoma, Bryce ventured to Nashville, where he graduated from Belmont University's Commercial Music program, gaining a musical maturity that elevated his singer-songwriter sound to new heights.

Bryce released his debut full-length album The Simplest Thing in 2014 - a collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Andy Hunt. Following the release of The Simplest Thing, Bryce began taking his talents on the road, charming audiences from coast to coast with his style, unstoppable voice, and endearing stage presence.

Bryce Merritt is a soulful pop singer whose powerhouse vocals, honest lyrics, and quirky charisma set him apart from the crowd.

An Oklahoma native, Bryce discovered a knack for songwriting and performing from a young age, eventually immersing himself in a catchy pop sound that resonates deeply with both him and his audiences. After establishing his presence and fanbase in and around Oklahoma, Bryce ventured to Nashville, where he graduated from Belmont University’s Commercial Music program, gaining a musical maturity that elevated his singer-songwriter sound to new heights.

Bryce released his debut full-length album The Simplest Thing in 2014 - a collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Andy Hunt. Following the release of The Simplest Thing, Bryce began taking his talents on the road, charming audiences from coast to coast with his style, unstoppable voice, and endearing stage presence.

Drawing inspiration and influence from the likes of Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and Maroon 5, Bryce’s music boasts infectious groove and showcases his vulnerable songwriting, simultaneously creating an intimate connection with audiences and leaving them no option but to dance. Versatile in his musical ability, but always true to himself, Bryce is bringing a fresh soul-pop blend to the scene that you won’t be able to get out of your head.
Venue Information:
Common Grounds
1123 S. 8th Street
Waco, TX, 76706
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