Trebeache, Santa Rosa Beach
It’s easy to see why Nick Turner is drawn to prolific songwriter Neil Young, whose career spans generations. Turner embraces Young’s signature vocal style, and with Scott Rockwood, Dan Hall and Roberto Padron, pays homage to Young in the Rust and Gold band.
In the elegant upstairs Trebeache ballroom, surrounded by twinkling chandeliers, every seat was claimed on a recent January evening. Drinks flowed and small, divine-smelling plates arrived from the kitchen as the music held the spotlight.
As I made my way to the front of the stage for a quick round of photos, I was tapped on the arm. A polite question was posed—“Where are they from?” When I explained we claim them as their own—they’re locals—my answer was met with disbelief.
It’s understandable. Turner recruited top-notch musicians to pull off this new project. Together, they are strong and cohesive, as if they have been playing under this project longer than a few months.
This is largely because Turner has long been performing Young’s songs—his love for them is evident. Between songs, Turner shared how he’d been playing Young since he was a teenager and how the songs played a vibrant role during pivotal parts of his life. He approached each song with a certain reverence and respect that echoed through the room.
If audience response is an indicator, this was far from the last Rust and Gold performance. Applause and enthusiasm for more popular Young tunes were punctuated by the occasional camera flash.
In a world that sometimes focuses on the latest trends instead of substance, it is promising to sit in a packed room honoring a master songwriter.
Discover more at rustandgoldband.com.
– Nikki Hedrick
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