A beautiful summer evening of music on the Ohio River with John Paul White along with Devon Gilfillian and C2 & The Brothers Reed.
Review by Valerie Curtis
John Paul White took full advantage of a perfect night at the Big Four Lawn on the Ohio River as part of the Louisville, KY Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series on August 28. The fortunate concert attendees were treated to a full band experience that left everyone wanting more by the end of the evening.
John Paul opened with an impressive delivery of “I Wish I Could Write You a Song” that led right into “The Long Way Home,” which are two popular songs from his latest album The Hurting Kind, out now on Single Lock Records. Next, he entertained the crowd with three more songs from that album including the title track, “The Good Old Days,” which is about questioning how much we as a society have learned from the past, and the powerful “This Isn’t Gonna End Well,” which features Lee Ann Womack on the album. The next part of the show was a very heartfelt tribute to Donnie Fritts, a songwriter that John Paul greatly admired and collaborated with, who very recently passed away. John Paul selected two songs written by Donnie Fritts: “Breakfast in Bed,” where he lent his smooth voice to a very touching solo rendition, and “Memphis Women and Chicken,” where his full band joined him in honoring Mr. Fritts.
John Paul finished his set with three tunes from his album titled Beulah, leaving the audience cheering for, “One More Song!” John Paul and his band obliged by returning to the stage to perform a cover of ELO’s “Can’t Get It Out of My Head,” which was simply breathtaking! During the concert, John Paul gave a little teaser that after being on tour with his band for these past three months, he was ready to write some more songs for a new album. The crowd left feeling like they had just witnessed a very special performance and hopeful of more music to come from John Paul White.
Providing the main support this evening was Nashville-based Singer-Songwriter Devon Gilfillian. Devon is touring in support of his soon to be released new album and his hot new single “Even Though it Hurts”. Expertly incorporating flavors of hard rock, soul, blues and gritty guitar into his songs Devon Gilfillion has a contagious energy that pours off the stage as he moves from a touching rendition of “The Good Life” to the rocking “Get Out and Get It” before ending his hour-long set with their hot bluesy hit “Troublemaker”.
Kicking things off this afternoon were Lexington, Kentucky based C2 & The Brothers Reed. Their set featured several songs from their Weigh Station album along with a hot rendition of “Carolina Lemonade.”
Waterfront Wednesday is a free monthly concert series that occurs on the LAST Wednesday of the month from April through September on the lawn overlooking the Ohio River under the shadows of the Big Four pedestrian bridge. WFPK Waterfront Wednesday is produced by Louisville Public Media (station 91.9 WFPK) and the Waterfront Development Corporation. The event is made possible by the generous support of Goose Island Brewing Company, Republic Bank, Passport Health Plan, and Kentuckiana Toyota Dealers Association.