Scarletta Rocks The Campus

Scar­letta, a Nashville country/rock trio, rocked the Yel­low Jacket Union on Fri­day Sep­tem­ber 20th with a  60 minute set. The band is off to a great year with over 150 shows and has been a part of the NACA (National Asso­ci­a­tion for Cam­pus Activ­i­ties) cir­cuit to over 100 uni­ver­si­ties from coast to coast. They con­tinue to strengthen their tour­ing pres­ence at clubs and the­atres through­out the coun­try and I’m happy they made UWS one of their stops. They are def­i­nitely a band to go see if you like great coun­try music with an elec­tric stage presence.

The band is from Nashville where they have been work­ing with Grammy Award-winning pro­ducer Black Chancey. They have been in the stu­dio with a new pro­duc­tion team of Stef­fon Hamu­lak and Eric Tor­res of The Desert Enter­tain­ment. Scar­letta is com­posed of the fid­dle player Nathan Stoops, gui­tarist Benji Har­ris, and lead singer Emilee Allan. Emilee is the new cen­ter­piece to the band with her amaz­ing lead vocals. Accord­ing to their band web­site the band is a big believer in that every­thing hap­pens for a rea­son and is con­vinced that Emilee has come to them at the per­fect time. Nathan and his fid­dle bring flare to coun­try music that makes him one of the best fid­dle play­ers in Nashville. Benji is an accom­plished band­leader who blends his lead vocals very well with his gui­tar play­ing. Scar­letta was included in Bill­board Magazine’s Top 10 Coun­try Artists to watch in 2013 and their sin­gle “Right Here right Now” is def­i­nitely reel­ing in some attention.

8 o’clock was show time and the lights went off for Scar­letta to take the stage at the Union. The band started the night out with high energy and just happy to be rock­ing the stage. Emilee was light­ing up the union with her pow­er­ful vocals and great stage pres­ence. You can tell that every­one in the band enjoys play­ing with each other when their jam­ming out with their backs against one another’s and huge smiles on their faces. The drum­mer and the bassist looked like they were hav­ing fun as well. What I really enjoyed about watch­ing this band is that they used up the whole stage and was really hav­ing a blast play­ing the music their so pas­sion­ate about. Nathan and his fid­dle could have been heard all over cam­pus, but hear­ing and see­ing is two dif­fer­ent things. You have to watch this guy to really feel the power com­ing off that fid­dle. His sound works great with every­thing else in the band and I believe that sound is what truly makes them stand out in the coun­try music scene. Benji also had a great stage pres­ence and really blew up the stage with his unique style of gui­tar play­ing. He was all over the stage and was really rock­ing out with his band mates. Benji also has a great voice that really adds some­thing spe­cial to the band, which wouldn’t cre­ate the sound that Scar­letta has with­out him. The band played some of their hit songs which included “Want Me”, “Right Here Right Now”, and “Island Fever”. They also cov­ered the song “Foot­loose”, which was absolutely great! I really enjoyed their twist on that song.

Before I knew the night came to an end and Scar­letta had left the stage. They were more than grate­ful to have played at the Uni­ver­sity and I hope to see them back in the area soon. Before I left the Union was able to talk to Benji, the gui­tarist. He was telling me that their main focus right now is just tour­ing and their hav­ing a blast doing it. He was also talk­ing about some of the bands that they have opened for. They have opened for Colt Ford, Thomp­son Square, and used to be the backup band for Bo Bice from Amer­i­can Idol. After talk­ing to Benji, it sounds to me that they are well on their way to the top and they won’t stop till they get there. Over­all it was a great show despite the small crowd and the sound tech­ni­cian hav­ing trou­ble keep­ing the micro­phones at level. I look for­ward to hear­ing more about Scar­letta and their suc­cess and wish them the best of luck for the future.

 

Images cour­tesy of Nathan Kashak — The Stinger
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