K99 Presents Due West Live at the Boot Grill – New from Nashville [Free Concert]
Upcoming “New from Nashville” Performances
When the pieces fall into place, you know it. For the three guys known as Due West, that time is now.
You could start with songwriting skills that quickly earned all three publishing deals and help define their fresh, unique sound. You could start with producer Garth Fundis, whose credits include Keith Whitley, Don Williams, Trisha Yearwood and Sugarland. But anyone who’s heard them sing will tell you that the place to start with Due West is with their vocals, collectively a three-lane road to magic.
It happened the first time they ever sang together when old friends Matt Lopez and Brad Hull met Tim Gates at a party. The three started harmonizing and the other attendees—Music Row stars, newcomers, and friends—kept asking how long they’d been a group. It’s been happening ever since as they’ve toured the country, visiting radio stations and playing for appreciative audiences along the way.
We’ve been told that when we sing harmony, it’s something special,” says Brad, “and we’ve learned to believe it.” It just seems like anytime we play live,” adds Tim, “we usually end up with some long-term fans.”
That phenomenon is about to get much bigger as Due West put the finishing touches on new material, that released on Black River Entertainment in 2012 and is already garnering industry buzz.
The energy is definitely there,” says Matt. “We’re at a new label with new music. This is all about new beginnings.”
They’re especially excited about the chance to work with legendary producer Garth Fundis and engineer Chuck Ainlay, whose own list of credits includes producing and engineering Miranda Lambert’s Four The Record, engineering all of Taylor Swift’s work, Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee and many others.
Drawing on the groove and energy the three bring to their live performances, Fundis had Matt play acoustic guitar on the new sessions and brought a fresh eye to their vocal blend. “Usually,” says Matt, “Tim is the lead singer and Brad and I are kind of the background singers but the first thing Garth picked up on is, ‘No, you three are a vocal trio.'” That observation alone added a new measure of richness to their already incredible blend.
There are choruses where we all sing lead,” says Brad, “and you can pick which voice you want to hear as the melody and hear the other two as harmony parts. It’s pretty exciting how these songs are turning out.”
Though great harmony groups like Diamond Rio, Restless Heart, and Shenandoah influenced all of them, they continue to explore the possibilities inherent in their own sound.
We’ve definitely seen our ups and downs,” says Brad, “the highs and lows of the music business but we’ve stuck together through this thing and we’ve got each other to rely on. That’s really what gets us through.”
Watch one of Due West’s hit titled “Things You Can’t Do In A Car” below to get a feel for their sound if you didn’t catch the band at our “Make it Rain” concert this past Summer.