George Birge and Cody Cooper, also known as the new country duo Waterloo Revival, recently made a trip to Michigan and I had the pleasure of, not only being front row for their hour long set, but also meeting the guys before the show. Originally both from Austin, Texas, they moved to Nashville after a few chance meetings which ultimately resulted in a signing with Big Machine Label Group. Although they miss their families and the familiarity of their hometown, they are both excited to continue making Nashville their home.
Beginning their set with previously unheard music appeared to be a calculated risk for the new duo but I believe it paid off well because it wasn’t long before the Coyote Joe’s crowd was dancing along with every beat. While they were both anchored to their microphones to show off their crazy guitar skills, they still managed to connect with the audience by making eye contact and pointing at a number of fans, whether they were front row or at the back of the crowd. Just a few songs into their 14-song set, Birge left his guitar and moved around the stage with ease, interacting with all of the eager fans wanting to get a high five from the stage. After playing a solid number of original songs, Waterloo Revival proved they also have what it takes to take a cover song, such as R. Kelly’s “Remix to Ignition,” and make it country. When I asked what other songs they’d like to cover in the future, both guys agreed that Rhett Akins’ “That Ain’t My Truck” would someday make it into their set.
The crowd seemed to reach a new level of excitement as they introduced “BadForYou,” as one of the last songs of the night. Written by Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, the guys and BMLG are very excited to promote this song as Waterloo Revival’s second single to radio. Birge described the song to me as “2:30 seconds of excitement” and “a storytelling country song that pushes the boundaries.” If the Coyote Joe’s crowd was any indication, “BadForYou” is definitely headed for good things in the future.
After exiting the stage quickly, Waterloo Revival spent time hanging out on Coyote Joe’s outdoor patio where they relaxed and chatted with any fans who approached them. When I asked what their bucket list venues were, it was no surprise that the Grand Ole Opry was one of their answers. I have no doubt that Waterloo Revival will someday stand inside that famed circle. As a Canadian country music fan, I had to #HitTheRoad to see these guys and they were 100 percent worth it.
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Kristen Diotte – @KCarib