It may have been a cold and windy day in Buffalo, NY Saturday February 27, 2016 but the music that was played at UB Center for the Arts warmed the soul of everyone in attendance. Charles Esten & Clare Bowen graced the stage with the band Sixwire.
Clare opened the show with some “Nashville” favorites like “This Town”, “Black Roses” and “Longer”. Clare joked to this Buffalo crowd; “ Did anyone bring a pet Buffalo?” As she is from Australia this Buffalo crowd appreciated her humor throughout the show! She also played some of her originals (since there isn’t an album out yet from Clare or Charles I am guessing at the titles but hope to see albums from both these artists in the near future!) like “Run Away with Me”, and “Marry Me” she wrote for her boyfriend now fiancée Brandon Robert Young. She led into “Drum” saying “Be who you are, dream what you dream, love who you love and we are all different and that’s what makes this world wonderful.” As she sang she danced up the aisles. She talked about her brother who usually tours with her but is fighting cancer at the moment but doing well. And sang the song they usually sing together “Learn to Love Again”. Clare ended her set with “Big Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall.
After Clare, Charles came on stage singing and playing guitar and one by one the members of Sixwire joined him. Charles played a few “Nashville” favorites that included; the first song he sang on Nashville “Sideshow”, “Back Home”, and “He Ain’t Me”. He brought Clare back on stage to do their rendition of Elvis’ “That’s All Right” you may remember from an episode of Nashville also. Charles played originals like “I Love You, I Don’t Like You” that he wrote a long time ago and finally found the band to play it – Sixwire.
The band Sixwire is a country music band from Nashville Tennessee. The group is composed of Andy Childs (guitar, piano, lead vocals), Robb Houston (guitar, vocals), John Howard (bass guitar), Steve Mandile (guitar, vocals), and Chuck Tilley (drums, percussion). You will know Sixwire also from the show “Nashville” but the band was formed in 2000 and signed to Warner Bros. in 2002. They charted two singles on the Billboard country charts in 2000 and five years later placed second on the talent show The Next American Band. They also served as the house band on CMT’s talent show Can You Duet.
Charles came back out for an encore at the end of the night and played his original solo “I Love You Beer”, this is a song that should become a hit for so many reasons! To close the show Charles invited Clare back on stage and they sang “ A Life That’s Good”. Charles and Clare are beyond a class act. They were so grateful for this Buffalo crowd and the feeling was mutual. They stayed for a meet and greet for every fan that decided to stay, everyone was patient and very appreciative. More artists should be like Charles and Clare, there is something very special when you see artists that actually talk to their fans, whether its stories in between songs or meeting them after a concert for a quick picture and not having to pay an extra fee. I have seen many bands in my short life and will definitely make sure to see these two again and I encourage you to put them on your music bucket list whether you are a Nashville fan, country music fan, or just a fan of deep down good music.
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