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The Record Company at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018

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There were eyes on the Record Company when it released its sophomore album, "All of This Life," earlier this year.

The gritty Los Angeles rock trio made a good first impression with 2016's "Give It Back to You," which hit No. 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, spawned the rock hits "Off the Ground" and "Rita Mae Young" and turned the group into a formidable touring concern.

The good news is the anticipation paid off. "All of This Life" spawned another No. 1 Adult Alternative hit in "Life To Fix," while the Record Company -- which opened in arenas for John Mayer during 2018 -- is playing larger venues and drawing larger crowds. The group is definitely getting it more, but it's also trying to give it back to audiences whenever it takes the stage...

The warm reception for the Record Company's 2016 debut put a bit of an onus on "All of This Life," but nothing the group found hard to deal with. "None of us had ever been in a position in any of our previous projects where there's an anticipated album," says singer-guitarist Chris Vos. "So I'd be lying if I said that you don't acknowledge that fact. You do. It's like, 'OK, we better do good work here.' But then you put that to the side. If you're worried about expectations you're not focused on the music, and in the end you've got to focus on the music. It goes back to what you've learned and honed for your whole life, which is to care about the songs, care about the album and really focus in on that."

The Record Company's debut album, "Give It Back to You," was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Vos says by phone that attending the ceremony was an enlightening experience for the trio. "It was very cool and unexpected; I certainly never thought I would ever be in anything that would go into that arena. I think the most fun thing for me about attending the actually ceremony was being in the room listening to superstar artists sing and perform, people that I wouldn't necessarily have the time for or necessarily go and see. And they were all so talented; When you're in a room and you hear some of those voices, you really understand why they are who they are."

Vos says some not-so-simple pleasures have come from the Record Company's success so far. "You get to travel in a bus, not a van, which is nice. You sleep through the miles instead of drinking coffee at four in the morning driving to the next town, hoping to get there safely. You get things that make it easier to be on the road; That is definitely the benefit. But you've still got to do the work. You still have to show up and play. That part should never change."

The Record Company and Madisen Ward & Mama Bear perform Sunday, Sept. 30, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. $24. Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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