Show Preview: Nashville to Chicago Soul Revue on 11/18/17

It's been far too long since our last blog post. It's been a jam packed summer and Fall with shows all over the Midwest and East Coast, festivals, writing sessions, and more. But more on that later. We're giddy with anticipation for our show coming up this Saturday at 1st Ward at Chop Shop: the Nashville to Chicago Soul Revue featuring TRN, JC Brooks Band, and DeRobert & The Half-Truths.

There's so much to love about this show, I'm not sure where to start. These bands are family to us (Stef and JC met in 2006 and we met Dee in 2009, so there's deep history); both lead singers have performed on our studio recordings (JC on "You Will Know" from Carry Me Home and Dee on "Should've Told Me" and "He Used To Be" from Gets Over You); and we've played many big shows with both bands before (opening for Fitz & The Tantrums with JC in 2011, record release in 2012 DeRobert and crew). But this is the first bill with all three of us. And damn we're excited!

Here's a preview of the other acts...


"Enveloping stage presence and palpable charisma" is how Rolling Stone describes the JC Brooks Band, and that pretty much sums it up. JC is a star, a magnetic performer, one hell of a singer, and the band sounds better than ever these days. Their reimagined Wilco cover (video above) put them on the national map years ago, but their original music (including this year's release Neon Jungle) is well crafted and instantly memorable. We played with them in Milwaukee this weekend and it really hit me: I know all of their songs and most of the lyrics. Jayson envelops the audience with his performance and the message of the politically tinged material is more poignant than ever these days. This is the essence of soul music: speaking truth to power and protesting injustice. 


Dee Adams is just a stone cold ridiculous talent. He's got the kind of voice that stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it. Whether it's with his funk band Sky Hi (that's how we first met him in 2009) or the straight ahead soul of DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Dee commands the stage and just tears it up. One of my fondest memories of doing shows together took place years ago at a jazz club in Indianapolis. Dee took the crowd to church, putting all his personal struggles out in the open and testifying that he had music, and joy, in his heart despite everything he's gone through. I firmly believe that we are blessed and lucky to behold such a talented singer. 

So that's it--an incredible three band bill happening this coming Saturday November 18 in Chicago. Poster, info, and ticket links are below. See you at the show!

- Brendan


Nashville to Chicago Soul Revue 2017
JC Brooks Band, The Right Now, DeRobert & The Half-Truths, DJRC
First Ward at Chop Shop
2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Doors at 8 pm