Deal Casino has not played around these parts since the middle of December, and with very good reason. They guys have been traversing the country for the better part of the last 7 months and falling in love with life on the road. I happened to catch up with them at Capones in Johnson City, Tennessee recently while I was taking in the sights of the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Since those locations are a second home for me, why not go visit some friends while they are on tour. OK, Johnson City is not that close to the smokies, but it is close enough!
Deal Casino has been garnering national attention while on the road in support of their newest release, LLC. I was talking with a few people, anxiously hanging on the rail of the venue, while I was in the pit about them and they were gushing, could not say enough positive things about the quartet. And they knew all the words to the songs. Super positive reactions. So I am gonna preface this next thought with something my wife once said to me, They are like the sons you never had…what can I say, I am super psyched for them. And to think that I was actually worried they would never go exploring the country. They have always been very strategic in their path and everything is now falling into place for them. Yes, their set was awesome, polished, interactive and together. They will be coming around for a bit – Governors Ball, Philly, NYC before they take a short run and then back to have a few local, home shows over the summer before embarking on another road trip.
The latest run which is just finishing up, had them playing in support of Badflower. An LA band that has already taken the country by storm. Badflower has been a constant in my ears since I first saw them last November. Probably the first band in a long time I actually listened to the words being said. Normally I blow off the meaning and just feel them. A whole new world out there for me with these guys. Badflower themselves are about to embark on a tour in support of Shinedown and will be in the area June 28 at PNC. Already have my tickets in hand for that one.
Another LA band opened up the night with flavor. Fencer is a trio with great energy and a bluesy backbone feel. Be on the lookout for these guys and do check them out when they come around these parts.
The choice selections from the evening: