Slowdown, Main Room
Doors at 7:00pm
$20 Advance/$25 Day of Show
Kolby Cooper started selling out shows and clocking millions of streams using only his songs as muscle. Three years out of high school, still living in his East Texas hometown, no label or industry machine in place, Cooper earned Spotify numbers typically reserved for household names: After only one year online, “It Ain’t Me” has almost hit 7 million streams, “Every Single Kiss” has topped 4.5 million, and “Fall” is hovering around 2.7 million. When Cooper releases the anticipated Vol. 2EP in the summer of 2020, his devoted listeners will dive into another round of his already-signature blend of searing break-up anthems and gut-wrenchingly relatable songs of loss and growth. Cooper’s ragged velvet vocals are an ideal vehicle, which he layers over rock-and-roll guitar and distinctly Texas bottom-end. “I really want them to hear it and hear what we hear,” Cooper says of the new songs. “It is the best stuff we’ve ever released.”
Troy Cartwright is a fascinating mix. Certainly a product of Texas’ rich heritage of dive bars and honky tonks, he’s also a Berklee trained musician, a one-time youth worship leader and an all-around good guy. Part of what makes his music so compelling is his heart, and the way he views the world around him: always something to take apart and understand, to bring his sense of grace to turning points, difficult moments and the thrill of being alive, in love and on fire.