Tuesday, November 26, 2013

So Long Seth

Despite a Saturday night cold front and nasty rain, I hopped in my car (the hot mess express as I like to refer to it) and set my sights on Gruene Hall.  Hopefully by now you should know that Saturday was going to Seth James last day as a member of The Departed. If you didn't and I spoiled some surprise or sprung disappointment on you, oops.  A few years back I was in the audience for the first departed show at Gruene. I counted myself lucky to be part of a sold out show to say goodbye.

Upon my arrival to the hall I was quickly greeted to the blues and delightfully smooth vocals of Aaron Stephens. Aaron has been playing at Billy's Ice every Wednesday night for a while now if I am not mistaken.  I haven't had the chance to see Aaron but I knew he had been winning over fans quite a bit lately.  It is not everyday you get to see someone make a debut performance at such a historical place.  I would like to think one day I when Aaron makes it big and wins Grammy awards, I can remind you I saw his first show at Gruene Hall.  It looks there was a video made about this night being shared on the book of faces.  I picked up a copy of his EP while I was at the show and have been listening to it all week. I did some checking and you can get the EP on ITunes, Lonestar Music, and of course at the shows.

There was truly an electric feeling to the festivities this evening. When Seth, Cody, Jeremy, Steve, and Chris hit the stage it was bittersweet.  They wasted no time getting into the rock and roll.  I have to admit while I have always been a ragweed Canada fan - having him and Seth together was really one of my favorite things about the band.  It will be a little weird to not hear Prayer for the lonely and Demons in the normal set list.  I, however have always wanted a follow up to Seth's last record That Kind of Man.  The Departed as it is now will be bringing back some Ragweed tunes that the die hard fans have missed since their hiatus. It is safe to say Cody will probably we working on new tunes for another record if he hasn't been already.  Also be on the look out for Cody and Stoney to go back out on the road for an acoustic run.  It is coming through Floores just before Christmas.  Just a hint for anyone looking to get me a gift.   I mentioned a moment on my personal Facebook page, but I have to share here anyway.  Seth did an amazing version of Sweet Lord.  It was probably one of the most moving things I have witnessed. Gruene Hall has bared witness to many moments of musical history I wish I could compile a documentary on all them. To be in the hall when Seth sang that song gave me a very peaceful feeling.  I looked around the crowd and you could see how this song was making people feel. There were tears in the eyes of even the toughest men as he sang.  I was hoping I could find you some better quality YouTube videos but  I didn't see any that were uploaded yet. The guys finished the night with a goodbye song that seemed fitting, Keep on Rocking in the Free World.   Keep on Rocking Seth.  I will be here waiting for new tunes with the rest of your fans. 




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