Joseph King, former frontman of Deadbeat Darlings, celebrated the release of his new Solo album Wanderlusting at Rockwood Music Center on March 6th. With the surprise addition of his mother, aunt and uncle along with a packed house of avid supporters, King put on a show worthy of the album.
Opening with the title track, Joseph had the crowd on board from the first bar. Keyboardist, Kayce Laine and drummer, Will Whatley are all that King claims them to be. Besides being instrumentalist who can provide the right textures to his songs, Casey’s vocals add the perfect harmony and their smoothness are the best balance to King’s gravel. From rock to dance to ballads, Joseph is able to take the recorded versions of his song and bring them to life on the stage and complete the connection with the audience. He has great stage presence, is genuinely passionate about his music and pulls sounds and emotion from an acoustic guitar without a lot of electronic effects that give these tracks a soul. If he can do this with every performance the record should be a great success and his fanbase will grow significantly.
The telling moment of the strength of Joseph as both a songwriter and a performer was the audience’s demand for an encore. This isn’t something that usually happens with an indie artist in their early stages in a small venue. It definitely unexpected and King had to think for a minute before performing a Deadbeat Darling song totally solo. The absolute best ending to a great show.
You can catch Joseph King on the road:
Mar 08 – Jack’s Bar San Antonio, TX
Mar 10 – Hotel Vegas Austin, TX
Mar 11 – Hotel Vegas Austin, TX
Mar 12 – Swing House Austin Occupation Austin, TX
Mar 12 – Encore Records Austin, TX
Mar 13 – Tiniest Bar In Texas Austin, TX
Mar 14 – ROCKFEST OUTDOOR STAGE Austin, TX
Mar 28 – Cameo Gallery Brooklyn, NY
Apr 10 – Silverlake Lounge Los Angeles, CA
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