Americana

Varsity Center Balcony Theater • Carbondale: Fiddle Rick and the Bourbon Boys (Americana)

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Fiddle Rick Johnson - Carolina - Southern Illinois

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Fiddle Rick Johnson - Children Come Home - Children Come Home

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Fiddle Rick Johnson - Same Moon - Can I Hear It?

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Fiddle Rick Johnson - Stealin' Glances - Southern Illinois

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Fiddle Rick Johnson - Violin Song - Children Come Home

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Big Muddy Brewing • Murphysboro: Fiddle Rick and the Bourbon Boys (Americana)

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Fiddle Rick Johnson - Carolina - Southern Illinois

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Fiddle Rick Johnson - Stealin' Glances - Southern Illinois

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Fiddle Rick Johnson - Violin Song - Children Come Home

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Big Muddy Brewing • Murphysboro: Fiddle Rick and the Bourbon Boys (Americana)

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Sugar Lime Blue: Sunday Shoutouts from Nashville

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Honker Hill Winery


Who: Sugar Lime Blue
What: Americana
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When: 2017-07-30
Sugar Lime Blue, based out of Nashville, Tennessee, is a blues-influenced rock/Americana group playi
Dakota Holden
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Sugar Lime Blue, based out of Nashville, Tennessee, is a blues-influenced rock/Americana group playing Sunday, July 30 at Honker Hill Winery. The four-piece band strives to connect with audiences and play to listeners while putting their twists on the classic-rock genre.

Nightlife caught up with bandleaders Ashley (lead vocals) and Dave Beth (lead guitar), the married couple that started Sugar Lime Blue in 2006. When preparing to slow down performing live and play more acoustic weekend shows, they met Russ Dean (bass), who added fuel to the fire to play more often and with a full band. John Christianson (drums) later joined the group as the consistent drumset player, establishing the lineup for Sugar Lime Blue today.

Asking about their wide range of influences, Dave found that the freeform subgenres of 1960s and 1970s classic rock made a big impact on the group’s sound.

“Bands like Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead had a lot of acoustic music, but were still considered hard rock,” Dave said. “They played lots of different styles with their genre. People say we have a throwback feel. Even originals sound like classic rock, even though they’re new.”

The group has a jam-band mentality when performing. They are equally locked into each other and feed off the crowd when playing. It’s rare to find two performances that sound the same with Sugar Lime Blue.

“You have to have a community between the musicians and the people that enjoy music,” Dave said. “We look at it as a two-way street. To keep things fresh and engaging, we try and play to the crowd. If they are liking a certain style of music, we try gravitate the setlist in that direction.”

Nightlife asked how the group functions with a married couple in the group and how that affects the band in a positive way.

“You get to travel and make music,” Dave explained, “making music a really expressive sentiment. Doing that with somebody that you love, you already have the artistic and personal connection. Our band is like a bunch of relationships. The more that the relationships grow on stage, the band is more able to express itself.”

Ashley believes that as a married couple, musically she feels more confident on stage and on the road. They each have each other’s back and can read each other’s stage communication more than most.

“Something that’s really subtle to the audience is really loud to us, so we’re very easy to communicate on stage,” Ashley said.

Sugar Lime Blue tries to keep in touch with their fans in other countries. Every Sunday, the band learns a new song for their YouTube show, Sunday Shoutout.

“The whole reason we started the Sunday Shoutout, we found that we were a growing band across the world,” Ashley said. “There is a couple people in Spain, the U.K., and in Germany. We were thinking, ‘We can’t afford to do a tour right now, but how do we keep these people engaged?’ We just wanted to do a shoutout to them. People have really responded. When someone gets a shoutout, they share it with their friends, and we get a new influence of people.”

Though they have many originals and a library of finished songs, Sugar Lime Blue is approaching this third album less as a collection and more of a whole thought. “It’s more of an entire sentence made out of words, rather than random words being thrown together,” Ashley said.

Ashley and Dave started out as the main writers for the group. Ashley explained that, over time, they have transitioned into a unified writing band.

“There’s no formulated way that we have done it,” Ashley said. “Sometimes [Dave will] begin playing a little riff, and I am, like, ‘Keep playing that!’ I have lyrics floating in my head. This third [album] that we working on, Russ has had more input musically and lyrically on some of the new songs that we are going to be putting out there. That’s what we’re trying to move towards— all members of the band contributing to the song creation. What we’re putting out there is an effort that everybody is a part of and has their fingerprint on.”

Find out more at <http://www.SugarLimeBlue.com>.

who: Sugar Lime Blue

what: Americana

where: Honker Hill Winery

 

when: Sunday, July 30

Brews Brothers Taproom • Murphysboro: Fiddle Rick Johnson (Americana) / <i>The Jazz Hour</i>

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