Friday Mar 20, 2015:
After a disappointing show on Thursday I was hoping that Mitch Gordon and the unleaded band would not disappoint and they certainly did not!
Members include Mitch Gordon Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Neal Elder Lead Guitar/Vocals, Michael Paul Bass/Vocals, Jeremy Schreifels Drums, and finally the beautiful Jaymi Struthers on Keys/Vocals.
Gordon founded the unleaded band at the age of 16 finding it difficult but not impossible to book venues that were 21 and over.
Gordon is a country music fan’s dream, a cross between George Strait classic country and Justin Moore modern music he is sure to appeal to both hard core classic fans and the modern generation country music lovers.
Gordon played music from “The Ride” by David Allen Coe, which I have never heard covered before, to songs of modern day music like “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker.
Going to watch this band play is like traveling in a time machine through the great genera of country music; how it started, what got us here, and of course the modern country you hear on the radio today.
Gordon and the unleaded band don’t let you miss out on a single great song in country music history.
It was an absolutely refreshing change of pace to hear songs by Alan Jackson, David Allan Coe, John Michael Montgomery and many more classic artists most band neglect to cover nowadays.
Gordon even has his own original album out called “Top Shelf” and you can hear his classic country influences and amazing song writing ability in his original songs.
One he performed for Skooters Friday night was entitled “Small Town” and went a little something like this:
This is the type of country music I as a fan want to promote and want to get the word out about because there can be modern country music without losing that classic country music feel.
So much of the modern country is fusing with pop and rap and completely forgetting about the sound they started with or the sound they grew up listening to and it’s a shame, but with Gordon and his band I take comfort in knowing at least some people out there are still keeping their roots in mind.