Charlotte based Downtown Abby & the Echoes stopped by Smith’s Olde Bar as part of the band’s fall tour. From the first verse of their opening song “Love Myself” I was drawn in by the vintage sound.
The band sites influences from bands like Tedeschi Trucks and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals to create a mix of soul, blues, and southern rock. Downtown Abby & the Echoes is: Abby Bryan on vocals and keyboard; Baily Faulkner on guitar; Logan Hall on bass and Steven Cornacchia on drums. Their 2017 debut album, Leavin’ You, is a catchy crossover worthy collection of bluesy soul songs. The song “Baby’s Gone” on Leavin’ You gives great feel for what you can expect to hear from the band on stage.
Unbridled by the confines of the studio and enhanced by the energy of the crowd is how music like this is meant to be heard. Downtown Abby & the Echoes gave us a reminder of why you should listen live as they delivered a gritty, spirited and heart felt set that showed the evolution of the band over the past year. Hearing the live version of “All You Gotta Do” and then new music like “Runnin’ Ragged’ gave fans at Smith’s Olde Bar a taste of what to expect from the band when they release their next album in early 2019.
Downtown Abby & the Echoes closed out their set with a cover of a song made famous by Percy Sledge and Michael Bolton, “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Take a listen to this fresh new band’s take this classic ballad from 1966 and swim in all the emotion that they squeeze out of every note and lyric.