Morgan Wade is a young singer songwriter who grew up in Floyd. I met her at Oddfella’s Tapas bar last week and liked her spunk. So, I made a point to check her out when I learned she was opening for the Riverband Ramblers at Dogtown Roadhouse last night. I was in for a surprise.
Turns out, she’s a top notch songwriter with a gusty voice and powerhouse delivery. She sang a song about driving around the one stoplight town (Floyd) that she “loves to hate,” and these lines from another song gave me a chill: I grew tired of trying to be so perfect … I realized in the end it just ain’t worth it.
Her uncle is our neighbor and she kept talking to her grandma in the audience from the stage, which I thought was so endearing. The band is made up of Wade (vocals and acoustic guitar), Joe Link (bass, mandolin and harmonica) of The Deer Run Drifters, Ed McGee (electric guitar) and Camry Harris (drums). They’re based out of Roanoke and play country rock with an attitude. The beauty of it all is that the music is very dance-able, and that always makes me happy.
Hey, the Riverbank Ramblers’s Americana / Outlaw Country was excellent too. Have a listen HERE. Check this week’s Floyd Press from some alternate shots of this night.
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