Country band Everette comes to Stamford Palace
Anthony Olympia and Brent Rupard were both into music while growing up in Kentucky. But they didn’t meet until the age of 21, when Rupard took a guitar lesson from Olympia.
“I was giving guitar lessons at a church I went to,” Olympia said. “Brent and I had a mutual friend who said he should take lessons from me. We were jamming and hanging out.”
Their friendship and musical chemistry grew from there. Fast forward a few years and the two are on tour as Everette, a country band known for such catchy tunes as “Slow Roll,” from its debut EP of the same name.
“I feel like in today’s society we are all so busy running around, trying to get to the next thing,” Rupard said. “This song is an invitation to take off and leave your troubles behind you.”
While the two write songs about themselves, they’re really about everyone. They call it “bonfire music,” because of its communal nature. Honest and relatable, their tunes are filled with a mix of bluesy guitar licks, harmonica chords, melodic hooks and harmonies.
Everette will perform at Stamford’s Palace Theatre on Friday, Sept. 7. Rupard and Olympia spoke about it in a phone chat. “We’ll have three more musicians on stage, so five in all,” Rupard said. “We’re super excited and can’t wait to meet people after the show.”
The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Friday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m. $10. 203-325-4466, www.palacestamford.org
He said the band will play “Slow Roll” among others from their album. They’ll also do a few covers, so there will be some surprises. John Mayer, Tom Petty, Ray Charles and the Eagles are among the band’s influences.
“We have one song that is not on the EP, but we’ll release it later,” Olympia said, of the tune called “Way Back,” about what it was like when he met his wife. “I met her and I felt like I’d known her forever. People say that, ‘Oh, we go way back.’ We’re kind of playing off that.”
Rupard said they always try to shoot for “a kind of community experience” at their shows, where everyone can relax and enjoy themselves. “We speak about the songs and how they came about. We feel the audience out. If they seem really engaged... we talk more. If it seems like they just want to hear the music, we go with that.”
Olympia said he and Rupard are working on their dance moves for this show, then made it clear he was joking. But seriously, he said he approaches each gig with the idea that it’s a mix of giving and receiving. “We want to give a piece of ourselves,” he said, so if people need to be lifted up, they get a bit of that. “The hope is that people are positively affected, and it inspires us to go back to Nashville and write better songs and get pumped up to play the next town.”
You can get high on music and it can be a spiritual experience, Rupard said. “When I’m at a show I feel that it’s almost like a drug.”
Rupard and Olympia have been playing together for over a decade. “That creates a chemistry that happens,” Rupard said. “When people talk about chemistry onstage, it’s not a myth, it’s a true thing. We feel that chemistry. Hopefully people out there feel it as well.”
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