Local Rock/Soul Band Have Explosive Downtown Show

The Floorwalkers.  *Taken from their Facebook Page

The Floorwalkers
  *Taken from their Facebook page

There’s no chance you’ll leave a Floorwalkers show disappointed. Not a chance. The Columbus band with Cleveland roots closed the 2013 Downtown Live Concert Series at Columbus Commons last Thursday. Spot-on vocals, lively stage presence, a sneak peek at their next album and a fireworks finale made for a memorable night.

I first heard of The Floorwalkers about three years ago when I was interning for SoHud Music Collective. How cool of an internship to get to work with local bands… and get into shows for free?! I discovered a lot of great bands during those three months. More on that to come.

This recent article in The Lantern pretty much sums up The Floorwalkers’ awesomeness.

A smart social media presence, a nearly constant touring schedule and sheer talent led to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Fans raised over $8,000 to fund the recording and release of the band’s sophomore album to be released later this year. The Floorwalkers have also appeared on Daytrotter where Troof favorite, Drew Davis, will perform September 23.

If being voted best band for three consecutive years by (614) Magazine doesn’t convince you they’re worth a listen, maybe 10K Facebook Likes and a recent show with Mumford & Sons can encourage a listen? Stream their first album, The Natural Road, below then buy it on iTunes or CD Baby. Yes, CD Baby still exists.

Columbus’ Coolest Country/Rock Artist

Lydia Loveless in the back of a moonshine maker's truck.

Lydia Loveless in the back of a moonshine maker’s truck.

-matt

My recent love for Columbus country rocker, Lydia Loveless, is uncharacteristic of my typical music obsessions. There’s a select few country artists who have enough wit, soul and whiskey fueled songs to keep my attention. Loveless is equal parts country and punk with a commanding vocal presence.

Her 2010 debut, “The Only Man” was great, but it was 2011’s “Indestructible Machine” released through Bloodshot Records that cemented her name in my head and always remains in my Top 25 Most Played iTunes playlist. The comical and smart lyrics on “Steve Earle” make it a standout track for me. The bourbon-drenched “Bad Way to Go” and “Can’t Change Me” are other gems not to overlook.

I had a major first-world-problem Thursday night when I learned I couldn’t make her show at Ace of Cups; completely devastated! Having toured the world this year, who knows if I’ll get to see another $5 Lydia Loveless show in Columbus again.

Briana Henry from Columbus Underground got the chance to speak with Lydia before her show at Ace of Cups. She got the scoop on the next Loveless album, which is not going to be ready until next year. A new EP will be released later this year. I suppose that can hold me over until the third record is released.

Drink more. Love less. Yes, I stole that from her beer cozies in her online store.

Lydia Loveless “Steve Earle”