Live Show Review: Colter Wall, Pilgrimage Festival

Colter Wall has burst onto the Americana music scene recently with the release of his self-titled album, produced by famed Nashville producer Dave Cobb. His music is straightforward roots country and folk, drawing influence from Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, and Woody Guthrie. His voice is deep and snarled, which renders captivating stories about murder, drinking, and everything in between. As he took the stage at this year’s Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Arts Festival, heads turned and people clamored to see who was making this sonically unique impression.

The singer from Saskatchewan, Canada told his tales and played his songs, adding a new, but fitting sound to the Pilgrimage lineup. Wall was accompanied by a stripped-back band of fiddle, dobro, and rhythm that perfectly complemented his acoustic finger-picking style. His songs shine as his deep bass timbre soothingly presents them to the listener. His voice is resonant and deep like that of Cash, but it is all its own. The performance was charming and noteworthy, each song was performed flawlessly–Wall fills a void in the ¬†current country music landscape, and his performance at Pilgrimage was one of the best.

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James Farley

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