Wildhorse Saloon, June 6, 2003:
The second club Kathy and I decide to check out in Nashville is Wildhorse Saloon. The saloon is located at 120 Second Ave. North. It was listed on the Fan Fair 2003 After Hours web page and the name is very enticing. We go there early when it is quiet and empty. There is a large stage and a dance floor surrounded by tables. There are two more levels upstairs for additional seating with a bird’s eye view of the performers and dancers. Our waitress tonight is Katrina. She is focused and very hospitable, making us feel at ease in these new surroundings. Our service is top notch and the food is one of the more memorable cuisine experiences of our entire vacation. Kathy has the blackened Wildhorse chicken dinner that is deliciously spicy and I have the Stampede Platter. This platter is a huge serving of savory ribs, melt in your mouth brisket and succulent strip steak. We cannot possibly finish the more than generous portions.
Jolie Edwards takes the stage at 8:13 P.M. Her and the band are easily categorized as New Country. The musical attitude is rock & roll country with a rough edge and some swagger. The first two songs, “You Make Me” and “I Would,” are original compositions from Jolie. The band is strong and dynamic and the vocals are powerful and direct. Jolie mentions her brother, lead guitarist Storm Rhodes, who is a stand out soloist.
Jolie Edwards continues the set with the Dobie Grey composition, “Drift Away.” Her country interpretation of the song is nicely done. The next tune, “T-shirt Time,” is another quality original composition. The first four songs demonstrate Jolie and the band’s primarily rock influenced country delivery.
The next song, “Lonely Way Too Long,” has a strong guitar melody with a heavy boogie tempo by the drummer, focusing on the closed hi-hat. A clear partitioned sound booth separates the drums from everyone else on stage. Song six is a slow ballad Jolie wrote for her mother who’s made a lot of changes in her life, “Change Is Gonna’ Do Me Good.” Jolie has a strikingly powerful vocal delivery with deep-rooted emotion, from true personal experience.
The next composition is called, “Boom.” This excellent rocker is another Jolie Edwards’ original and the band really extends itself dynamically. Jolie's lead vocals are impressive and the lyrical story line is humorous.
Next up is the Elvis standard, “Suspicious Minds.” This interpretation is more up-tempo and clearly is an outstanding ensemble effort by the entire band. Jolie and the boys put their brand on this number and deliver the music forcefully and convincingly. Storm Rhodes stands out again and again on lead guitar. He can really wail on his axe!!
The closing number of the set is the Dolly Parton composition, “Two Doors Down.” This is a solid band tune with a confident lead vocal interpretation and excellent backup harmonies. The dynamic presentation is hard and heavy. Jolie and the band present a cohesive and strong musical presence. She and her brother are obviously very close.
Jolie Edwards is a strong and talented vocalist and songwriter. The band is exciting and delivers their music with enthusiasm and excitement. Jolie represents contemporary country with a certain penchant for adventurous and rebellious attitudes that emanate from the rock & roll roads that ride around country’s roots and take it in new directions.
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