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The Hopeful Romantic
in Red Wanting Blue

By Gary Wien


Most of the country may know Scott Terry as the lead singer in the Columbus, Ohio band, Red Wanting Blue, but the friends and family members that will pack upcoming shows in the tri-state area still think of him as a Jersey Boy. Born and raised in Moorestown, Scott's band released their latest album, "Little America", on July 1.

A lot has changed since Scott left the state, but one thing that hasn't is his hopeful romantic writing style, although now with a twist...

"I've been in a relationship for a long time," said Terry in a phone interview conducted while the band was traveling to Denver for a show. "I think what a lot of people hear when they listen to songs about love or relationships is songs of young love or new love. It was interesting to me to touch down on the idea of a longer relationship. Songs like 'Hotel Oblivion' are tough ones for me because there are lines that I slide in and I wonder if people really pay attention to. Like, 'you and me / me and you / oh, I guess we're all we've got / I know that we're not / what you envisioned.'

"There's an image of people being together as they picture their lives. You look back years later and realize that we are nowhere near that image you had in your head of what we thought we would be like. And you only hope when you have these thoughts running through your mind that you're not alone. I've got to give some of that up, hoping that people also feel the same way."

Scott is a very biographical songwriter and has been since the beginning of the band back in 1996. Several albums later, he knows that the stuff he personally doesn't want to talk about is exactly what the audience wants to hear the most. With "Little America", he includes some of his most personal songs, such as "Leaving New York" which deals with the struggles of being in a long-term relationship with someone hundreds (and sometimes thousdands) of miles apart and never wanting to leave her.



"'Cause never before...was my heart as sore
as it was when I was leaving New York"
"Leaving New York"


"I remember writing that song in two parts," he recalled. "I wrote the chorus when we were driving through the night from Boston to Asbury Park. It was one of those times I knew I wasn't going to see her and I knew I wasn't going to be able to swing back through the city. We have to drive through the night because the traffic is so terrible for a bus and a trailer. As soon as you drive through the day you never know what catastrophe might happen.

"The other part was when we were touring out west and we were in Portland. We played the Crystal Ballroom and I just remember it being rainy and shitty."

Scott recalls an interview recently in which he was questioned about why a band from the mid-west would have lyrics like "tired of hearing about New York and L.A." and then put out a song called "Leaving New York."

"New York isn't just a place... for me, it's also a person" he said.

One of the most difficult aspects of being an autographical writer is knowing what should be put down on paper and what should remain a secret.

"I'm an emotional writer," he says. "It's what gets me off. I enjoy writing stuff that asks questions or could be thought provoking. To some degree, I've always felt you have to open up the medicine cabinet and see what you've got."



"You are an uncontrollable, inconsolable woman
and I'm a bullheaded, egomaniacal man"
"Keep Love Alive"


He worried about going over the line with the lyric shown above from "Keep Love Alive" but his girlfriend loved it.

Scott says choosing what to write about can be difficult. He knows you can't always write about love and can't always write about heartbreak. For him and the band, the answer is clear -- write about their other passion, traveling.

Red Wanting Blue has done their share of traveling over the years, working as a DIY band for over a decade before signing a record deal with Fanatic Records a few years ago. In fact, the latest release got its name from one of the band's memorable days on the road.
Red Wanting Blue was driving from Salt Lake City to Denver during a brutal snowstorm a year ago when the band's converted mobile home nearly hit a jackknifed tractor-trailer.

"The truck came to a halt just before getting to us," said Terry. "There was debris everywhere and we sat in awe for a moment before we maneuvered around the wreckage and slowly made our way down the mountain. We pulled off at the first truck stop we saw – it happened to be named 'Little America.'"
The title is also bit of a metaphor for the way Scott and the band have bonded with each other and their fans across the country. He's seen more of the country than he ever dreamed he would.

"As a child, America was the most enormous thing I knew, and as I got older, it became an epic and unconquerable wilderness that I thought I would spend my whole life discovering," he explained. "My relationship with America has gotten so much more intimate than I ever could have dreamed. It's 'Little America,' like the nickname you can only give to someone after you've really gotten to know them."



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NJSO presents 2019 Winter Festival, 'Music Speaks'
(NEWARK, NJ) -- A trio of renowned guest artists with distinct musical voices—pianists Emanuel Ax and Daniil Trifonov and soprano Dawn Upshaw—headline the NJSO’s Winter Festival, “Music Speaks,” in January 2019. The Orchestra’s signature artistic event takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues.
RVCC Chorale to Perform Annual Holiday Concert on December 8th
(BRANCHBURG, NJ) --The RVCC Chorale will give its annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 8 at 8:00pm in the Welpe Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College’s Branchburg campus. The program will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata, Das Neugeborne Kindelein, as well as a cappella pieces from by Sergei Rachmaninov, Zoltan Kodaly and Giuseppe Verdi. The program also will include an audience singalong of traditional carols.
Classic Stones Live! The Complete Rolling Stones Tribute Show Comes To SOPAC
(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- The Rolling Stones, the greatest Blues band of all time, couldn’t make it to SOPAC on their 2018 tour. Instead, the acclaimed tribute band Classic Stones Live! makes an appearance on the SOPAC stage December 15 at 8:00pm for those who like to hear their Rolling Stones hits live.
Tony Trischka Presents "Of a Winter's Night" at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Of a Winter’s Night is Tony Trischka's acoustic celebration of the holiday season. Based on his CD release of the same name, this concert features Trischka’s considerable melodic inventiveness on a wide variety of seasonal tunes. He turns his inventiveness loose on bluegrass and Americana music for the holidays. This one of a kind concert will take place at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm.
Idle Wave To Hold Record Release Party At Asbury Park Brewery
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Pop-punks Idle Wave will celebrate the release of their self-titled EP on Saturday, December 1st at Asbury Park Brewery.  The record release show also includes performances by Skyeline, Roderick, and Pollyanna.


"An Amazing Musical Genius!" Brian Wilson LIVE! at the State Theatre
In the music room in the back of our house, there’s an electric bass and amp, two acoustic guitars, a microphone and PA speakers, several pieces of music recording equipment, and a bookcase filled with books on music, not to mention a slew of assorted music memorabilia. But, perhaps, one of the most highly prized items in the room is hanging directly above the piano next to the college music diplomas.
Jazz Saxophonist Don Braden LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
It’s a breezy day for a new installment of the Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon concert series at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Sunday Oct. 27, 2018 afternoon. Today’s special 3pm performance is entitled Earth, Wind and Wonder and is presented by jazz saxophonist Don Braden.
Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge LIVE! at The Strand, Lakewood
The stars are out this Saturday Oct. 26, 2018 evening in Lakewood, NJ for a “Golden Oldies” concert featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge!
PODCAST: Grammy Winner Terri Lyne Carrington At TD James Moody Jazz Festival
Drummer, leader, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington made history as the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz for her album “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.” Now, she brings her interpretation of Duke Ellington’s “Money Jungle” to the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at NJPAC on November 11, 2018, as part of a program called “Jazz Vinyl Revisited.” Producer Susan Wallner talks to Carrington about her connections to the jazz greats Clark Terry and Max Roach; her newest project, the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice; and why she thinks drummers make natural leaders.
Sha Na Na LIVE! at the Newton Theatre
The audience is streaming into the Newton Theatre auditorium in Newton, NJ this Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 for a live concert starring Sha Na Na!










Event calendar
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018


MUSIC

New Politics @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

THE REPUTATIONS @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

TOTO @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


THEATRE

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

ANNIE, The Musical @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 7:30pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 7:30pm

Spring Awakening: The Rock Musical @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm







DANCE

PARSONS DANCE @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm


FILM

Crybaby Matinee: March of the Penguins @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

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