When Natalie Stovall, Kelleigh Bannen and Ruthie Collins started to play together they soon were playing to full houses! So what do you do next? You take the show on the road. Joe’s Live in Rosemont was stop one of the first few stops on their tour dates.
Natalie’s band the Drive made up of drummer James Bavendam who she meet in college. They added guitarist Miguel Cancino through a Craigslist ad, and met Zach Morse a bass player and Joel Dormer a second guitarist and vocalist through mutual friends.
Natalie and the Drive released their newest EP Heartbreak in February.
Kelleigh Bannen was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She debuted in 2012 with a single “Sorry on the Rocks” which charted on the Hot Country Songs chart. Kelleigh’s newest cd is set to debut this early this summer. She has been named one of CMT’s “Next Woman of Country” and we will be keeping our eye on her.
Ruthie Collins had been attending Berklee Collage of Music in Boston before she moved to Nashville in 2006. Since moving there, she has fallen in love with that city. She spent a few years in a duo called Wild Honey with her friend Victoria Gibson. They were on the first season (2008) of CMT's Can You Duet and made it all the way to sixth place.
She has been lucky to work with some of the most amazing writers in town, Nathan Chapman, (Taylor Swift) Steve Bogard, ("Carried Away" George Straight, "Praying for Daylight" Rascal Flatts), Jeff Cohen ("Holy Water" Big and Rich) and some other writers.
Their 90 minute set gave them just enough time to showcase each one of their talents. It was just enough for the fans to want more from each one of them. The three came down from the stage and played John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” in the round. Just as if they were back at the iconic Bluebird Café in Nashville.
If you missed them Thursday night at Joe’s Live in Rosemont you can get another chance at Boondocks Pub in Springfield on Sunday night.
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