Last night’s performance at the Music Farm was one of the quickest shows on tour to sell out according to Judah Akers. It’s no surprise, as a local, that we tend to value music as one of the highest art forms. Charleston tends to breed or at least cater to quality acts as a place of relaxation, refuge, and recording.
What better place for Nashville natives, Judah & The Lion, to call their second home Charleston?
Locals and travelers poured into the intimate venue from all over the southeast. The atmosphere that Judah & The Lion brings is enough for fans to bounce around the region with them. A family from Atlanta, a group of girls from Florida and Georgia meeting in the middle, and everything in between.
We began the evening with singer-songwriter Tyson Motsenbocker originally from Wenatchee, Washington. His voice was tender like the strum of his guitar strings, his storying-telling and songs somber. He opened up about past and what it was like to date a social media psychopath. What really struck me the most was hearing him battle with his conscience about his mother's battle with cancer. In Your Name depicted from his father saying that “Jesus doesn't heal people anymore" and Tyson's relationship with God. It's an automatic tear-jerker and a truthful reality for anyone undergoing the same route. After loosing his mother, he walked nearly 600 miles along the Southern California coast to create one of the most raw albums, Letters To Lost Loves.
Our second hosts came all the way from my favorite country Ireland, the land of very passionate people. Their sweet, introverted characters transcend into a hoppy indie rock band that is The Academic. Their latest single Bearclaws, which was released in July, was recently nominated for their country's Choice Music Prize. They are sure to be the future of indie rock music.
A rhythmic clap from the audience welcomed headliners, Judah & The Lion. I was still living off the natural high from their performance with Incubus back in July and I certainly wasn't disappointed last night. Their ability to blend folk, hip-hop, rock, with a madeline and banjo is just pure genius, given their latest album title Folk, Hop N'Roll They still generated the same amount of energy, if not more, that I saw over the summer and came out with some stellar dance moves. But what I admire most about this explosive bunch is using their world platform to bring people together and spread love through their talents.
While covering Mr. Brightside by The Killers, Judah pulled a girl, who was certainly a natural, up on stage to sing along stage with them, what a beautiful moment. There was a friendly revelry to the chorus of Green Eyes accompanied by a game of rock, paper, scissors. Their signature move is the encouragement for everyone to believe in themselves and that “your story matters"; all which is very evident within their lyrics to Going To Mars and Suit And Jacket.Ending the evening was an all-artists performance of Lean On Me.
The simple things in life are the only ones that really matter and I certainly wouldn't take it all back to relive this experience.