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The Widowhood Effect’s haunting showcase at The Black Sheep

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The Widowhood Effect displayed the darker side of folk at The Black Sheep, on July 5. They were the opening act, along with Nathan Whittington. Lazer and Levi was the direct support and In Much of Madness was the headliner.

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James Curtis is the vocalist and guitarist, Russell Basques is the bassist and banjoist and Brandon Benoit plays the electric kick drum, foot tambourine, guitar and bass for The Widowhood Effect.

Prior to beginning The Widowhood Effect’s recital with “Her Noise”, Curtis was being sarcastic and said it was great to perform in front of 500 concertgoers. After greeting the less than 50 crowd, he complimented Whittington’s routine. He began by strumming his guitar alone, before Basques and Benoit assisted him. As soon as they chimed in, he provided vocals.

Before the start of “Dead Queen”, Curtis mentioned how he and his ex-girlfriend assisted him on writing the song. He reminisced about the day they broke up and it was four days prior to them performing it live. After the two had called it quits, he took it upon himself to rearrange the lyrics and made it as his last goodbye. He joked and said how her tuna made him seasick.

Benoit began “Web Of Lies” by strumming his guitar. As he incorporated his foot tambourine, Basques brought in his bass line grooves. As he did so, Curtis provided vocals. As they stopped briefly during the choruses, James held his note. He went onto hold it for about 15 seconds, for the last go round.

After asking how much time The Widowhood Effect had left, Curtis announced they only had one cover song they often performed. They went onto cover Trampled By Turtles’ “Alone”, after Basques exchanged his bass for a banjo. As Curtis provided the majority of the vocals, Benoit and Basques took turns to sing with him without microphones. As they performed, a spectator moved closer to the stage with a young fan and sang along with Curtis.

“One Last Cigarette” brought an end to The Widowhood Effect’s recital. Before they began, Curtis requested the audience to view several of the videos on YouTube. He stated how it might have the potential to make them well-known. After bringing the song to an end, he encouraged everyone to check them out on various social networking sites.

“About Me” was also part of The Widowhood Effect’s set.


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