This past Saturday night at Blue Light was a first for me. Bleu Edmondson took the stage after a rocking set by Brandon Adams and The Sad Bastards. Wearing faded jeans, boots and a backwards flat-billed baseball cap, Bleu took us through every realm of what Texas Country music is. From a very country "Fifty Dollars and a Flask of Crown," to "Blood Red Lincoln," with a dramatic intro that I originally thought was going to be a cover of Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold," we were kept on our toes all night. The presence of the 4-piece band was pretty chill - not necessarily the type of engagement that leaves the crowd fist-pumping on panty row, but enough to keep the dance floor full all night long.
One of my favorite moments was a broken down version of "Resurrection" that I may not have even recognized from the studio version had I not known it by heart. I was also surprised by a pretty great Reckless Kelly cover of "Vancouver." Bleu also gave a shout-out to the Boot Campaign and told the story of how he wrote the song "Black and White" before preforming it. The night ended with the sad and lonely "Finger on the Trigger," followed up by the always upbeat cover of "The Weight" by The Band.
It was a great night and Bleu and the band hung around after to sign autographs and sell merch out of a modest little suitcase. Of course I bought a koozie, stole the set list and got it autographed. I have always been a so-so fan of Bleu Edmondson but after seeing him live, he jumped up a few notches in my book.
Here is his latest single, "Black and White." Check it out and BUY it, because he is donating the proceeds from the digital sales to the Boot Campaign.