Review by: Mac M.
Photos by: Brent Baxter Photography
Video courtesy of OurVinyl

Bryan Simpson returned to his hometown of Fort Worth for the first time with his current band The Whistles & The Bells fresh off their multiple SXSW showcases.

Simpson who previously led the alt-bluegrass group Cadillac Sky released his first solo project as The Whistles & The Bells in 2014 signing with New West Records Nashville in August of the following year.

Denver based folk-rock group Ponder the Albatross kicked things off at Shipping & Receiving in Fort Worth to start the night. Josh Bower (mando, guitar, vocals), Eric Curtis ( bass guitar), Luka Keck (electric violin) and Anthony Ross (drums) make up the four piece who delivered a folk inspired rock set that blended elements of Celtic sounds with alt rock grooves.

Next up The Whistles & The Bells took the stage with a mix of folk Americana rock that blends true faith lyrics with contemporary alt rock sounds that at times borrow from folk and roots based arrangements. Simpson made the crowd very aware of his intentions to rock in his hometown early on in his set. Mercy Please, Transistor Resistor, Canery Cage plus more songs from the self titled release rounded out the set list.

Scottish group The 5AM Rumble Strip closed the night which we unfortunately had to miss due to sleep deprivation and long drives back east of the 817.

Being my first time catching The Whistles & The Bells live I can confidently say it made my top three live performances for 2016!

Big thanks to Eddie at Shipping & Receiving, Jay at Do214 and all the bands for working with us to make this show a success plus happen on short turn around!

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