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NYCS Swag Session: Ray Fulcher

You may not know the name Ray Fulcher, yet but you should. He has written major hits for Luke Combs including “When It Rains It Pours”, his latest number one, “Even Though I’m Leaving”, and his current single “Does to Me” which features Eric Church. Fulcher was the opening act on Matt Stell’s Everywhere But On Tour and before his set he stopped by NYCS to chat about songwriting in Nashville and to perform his original songs “History Repeats Itself” and “Down On My Window” as well as his own version of “Does To Me”.

Watch the full performance and interview below.

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Matt Stell, Chris Bandi & Ray Fulcher Perform in NYC

Ray Fulcher

Having seen Ray Fulcher in this same venue opening for Josh Abbott a few months ago, we were excited to see what he brought this time around. We were instantly reminded again of his Eric Church vibe, both in look and sound. He told a story of going to see Church in 2006 in Athens, Georgia, and knowing it was a moment that changed his life. He knew then and there that he had to write songs that made people feel the way Eric Church made him feel. Fulcher co-wrote “Doe to Me” performed by Eric Church, and played his version of it, hoping to do his legend justice. He told the story of writing his “Somebody Like Me” hit, which resulted from kind of but not really dating someone, then her moving away to Austin, Texas on short notice, realizing he was never really dating her anyway. Fulcher finished with the classic, catchy “When It Rains It Pours” which he wrote for Luke Combs.

Chris Bandi NYC

Photo Credit: Kaiser Cunningham

Chris Bandi was up next, and he was so excited to play his first show in NYC. His almost raspy voice was incredibly addicting, and with the beard and sound, he was giving us Sam Hunt vibes. A definitely more pop-country vibe than the classic country of Fulcher, he’s got a fun edge to draw some non-traditional country fans. He sang a new song “Free” as well as covers of “Gives You Hell” by The All-American Rejects, and a few more rockin’ country songs he hasn’t released yet.

His brand new EP comes out this summer, but until then he is promoting his current country radio single “Man Enough Now”. Bandi moved to Nashville 7 years ago, with the idea of writing a song that can take you back to a memory in 3 minutes, saying, “Nothing else can do that.”

Photo Credit: Kaiser Cunningham

 

Matt Stell was ready to rock the night, with his full band jamming as he opened with “Sex, Drugs, and Country Music”. You can hear the country influence, but the crowd definitely felt like they were at a rock concert with his show. He kept thanking everyone in the audience and expressing how happy he was to be playing a show in New York City, and that none of this is possible without his fans. He played a cover of Rhett Akins’ “That Ain’t My Truck” which definitely has an old school country vibe, but contrasted it with his version of Ariana Grande’s “God is A Woman”. Stell played a few new songs, “Chase it Down” and “Love You Too”, that definitely got everyone excited for his new music. A cover of Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire” was in the mix, with another contrasting of John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)”, an awesome display of his ability to slide between pop/rock and country so seamlessly. His last song was what he explained changed his life last year, “Prayed For You”, his single that went number one, and expresses his true emotions.

What an awesome night for male country artists in New York City, and the fans were there for it all.

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Josh Abbott Band Fans Come Out to Support in NYC

The Gramercy Theatre on a Wednesday night in New York City doesn’t always seem to be the hot spot in town, but on this particular night, it was the place to be. Avid Josh Abbott fans rolled into the intimate venue to sing along to their favorite songs and get their fix.

Josh Abbott Band

Ray Fulcher opened, with some of the songs he wrote with and for Luke Combs. With a cross between an Eric Church and Luke Combs sound, they came out raving right away with the rock-heavy “Looks”, followed by “Song of the Summer”, and Luke Comb’s “Honkytonk Highway”. He co-wrote “When It Rains It Pours” and “Even Though I’m Leaving”, which he struggled to get through due to the emotional nature of the song. The crowd continued to build, gaining energy for the rest of the night.

After realizing someone was sporting a NYCountry Swag Military line hat, feeling at home in a city as big as New York and finding our tribe, we were ready for the main event. All of a sudden the die-hard fans came alive when the band played “My Texas” and “All of A Sudden.” From old to new, the band played all their greatest hits, and the crowd managed to keep up. Dawning his cowboy hat, Josh talked about when they played on Jimmy Kimmel and thanked Scott from Triple 8, who made it all happen. New York is quite a long way from Texas, but he expressed how happy they were to be back, and as long as the fans keep coming, they’ll keep coming back. “Surprise Surprise” off Catching Fire was a hit that has the laid back but upbeat country vibe you want sometimes, with the classic fiddle and banjo sound. “Wasn’t That Drunk” had everyone singing, clearly one of the band’s biggest hits. “She’s Like Texas” slowed it down a bit, another popular one, with the violin creating a smooth relaxing vibe.

Josh Abbott Band

There were dance parties, beers raised, and an overall satisfaction from getting to see such a niche band in the heart of New York City. Their following is only going to grow from here, as the crowd from tonight raves about the great night they had with their fellow country music lovers. For exclusive videos from the show, head to NYCountry Swag on Instagram.

To keep up with the Josh Abbott Band, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Thank You for supporting Country Music in NYC & Beyond!

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