If you did not make it to Caleb Travers EP Release show on October 14th, you definitely need to be sure and keep a look out for his upcoming concerts. Not only is the new EP, Ain’t No Jukebox, one of the best folk albums to come out of St. Louis this year but the live show is nothing short of energizing and entertaining.
The night began with a set by local singer/songwriter Owen Pye. Typically, I anticipate an acoustic set as being somewhat hypnotizing. However, Pye was quite the exception. His joking stage banter and active stage presence combined with the bold guitar parts and story telling lyrics (“He wants to give her time to think & catch up on some sleep, he needs some time to define our barriers.”) were the perfect distraction from the exhaustion of the week.
Next up was Caleb Travers. The local music vet has by far released his most powerful and gorgeous ballads yet on Ain’t No Jukebox. The strings and drums that accompanied him on the EP were also present for the set at Off Broadway and they added the perfect atmosphere to the evening. The transitions were smoothly reflective of the mood of the tunes as they related to his experiences in the city, with his family, and other life encounters (“I’m tired of nothing being right, driving ‘til we see the light.”)