Who doesn’t like a nice Southern gentleman? In today’s world it’s refreshing to have a man open a door for a lady or at least sing about doing it. Bo and Bear Rinehart (lead singer, back-up singer, guitarist and power brothers) hail from the mighty state of South Carolina; where they grew up playing football, going to church, singing in local coffee shops, and recording songs in basements. To put it simply, they are the perfect boys to bring home to your mother and to top it all off they really know how to rock. Releasing their most recent album, Rivers in the Wasteland this past April, which is slightly more refined from their previous releases, made the show a perfect mixture of the new and old.
The night started off with Foy Vance opening for Needtobreathe, with his music being a nice compliment to theirs. His songs are heartfelt, a little more mellow, and just the right amount of sit-cross-legged-alone-in-your-room-light candles-and-cry. Where the two bands intersect is that they both utilize the deep, rustic, feral, caveman voice. I hadn’t heard much of Foy’s music prior to the concert, but I would suggest checking out a couple of his albums when you’re in the mood to draw a warm bath or just cry...or both.
Needtobreathe has a very large following in Denver, with the Fillmore pretty much filled to the brim the stage was set for a perfect evening. With the crowds ranging from the 12 year old devout fan to the 75 year old veteran, proving that good, wholesome music bears no age boundary. They played over an hour long set and came back with a triple encore, ending the evening with one single, cascading light shining down on them for a beautiful acoustic rendition of one of their faster songs. After seeing them live my faith has been renewed, both in the male race and also in the fact that in order for music to be popular it doesn’t have to talk about pimpin’ hoes (Although we all know we still love Ja Rule). Thanks Needtobreathe for an awesome night!