Rival Sons made a one-off stop at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles recently to perform a stripped-down, acoustic set before an intimate though rabid crowd of fans.
The band — singer-guitarist Jay Buchanan, guitarist Scott Holiday, bassist Dave Beste, drummer Mike Miley and keyboardist Todd Ögren — participated in a Q&A session with Executive Director Scott Goldman before jumping into an abbreviated four-song set.
The performance included three songs from their most recent album, Feral Roots: “Too Bad,” “Do Your Worst” and “Shooting Stars,” as well as “Where I’ve Been” from the Great Western Valkyrie record. Buchanan strummed on an acoustic while Holiday burned down the fretboard on a couple of acoustic-electric instruments.
Here’s a fan’s post on Instagram documenting the performance:
In such a small setting, you could hear every intake of breath and every pick scrape on the strings, resulting in a truly visceral and immediate kind of performance that resonated big time with the gathered crowd.
Rival Sons are truly one of the most significant bands to emerge in many years. Paying homage to the past with their love for bands like the Animals, Free, Humble Pie and Led Zeppelin while staring boldly at the future in an attempt to breathe new life into a sometimes staid rock and roll world, they represent a touchstone for all the coolest things in music.