|October 25, 2018|
Verizon Center – Mankato MN
All Ages | Doors 6pm | Show 7pm
Tickets range from $27.50 – $35.00
Pre-sale: Thursday, September 6th 10am-10pm
On-sale: Friday, September 7th 10am
It was sometime in 2016, somewhere in Arkansas. Randy Houser looked around the stage where he was performing, full of the production befitting a major country music star—big lights and screens, backing tracks to flesh out the sound of his band. He had a sudden realization.
“I just felt like I was singing karaoke,” says Houser. “I walked offstage and I had not had a good time—it felt like I wasn’t the one making the music,”
He called his manager and told him to load up all the extra stage gear and send it back. With conflicted emotions, he let a lot of the crew members go, and returned to the road with a simple three-piece band.
“It was a total reset,” Houser says. “And then as I started writing, I knew there wasn’t going to be any of that big production stuff. My next project had to lean on songs and melodies, not a bunch of tricks and loops. And that was the catalyst for the new album.”
This stripped-down, back-to-basics approach—keeping Houser’s remarkable voice, which the New York Times describes as “wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a cauldron bubbling over,” front and center—was the guiding force for MAGNOLIA, his fifth album and a return to the rootsy sound he grew up hearing and playing in the tiny town of Lake, Mississippi.