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Tech host Nashville musicians

November 12, 2015

 

Ben Rector, guiatar, performs a song with his entire band–Photo by Avery Bryan

Ben Rector, guiatar, performs a song with his entire band–Photo by Avery Bryan

 

REBEKAH BARNES

Staff Reporter | reb033@ latech.edu

 

Louisiana Tech and Union Board welcomed Ben Rector to Ruston with a concert in Howard Auditorium last week.

 

Rector is a pop-rock musician based in Nashville, who plays upbeat, positive music.

 

When Union Board found out Rector was coming through Louisiana on his tour, the organization called his manager and set up the concert, said Matt LeBrun is a senior biomedical engineering major and production manager for Union Board.

 

“At the end of the day, we just want to put on good show and get everyone together and excited about the same thing,” LeBrun said.

Ben Rector performs in Howard Auditorium–Photo by Avery Bryan.

Ben Rector performs in Howard Auditorium–Photo by Avery Bryan.

 

Rector’s opening band, Rachal and The Redbones, played four songs with a bluesy, country-rock feel, and Rachal Davis’s voice sounds like a cross between Grace Potter and Tanya Tucker.

 

At the end of her set, Davis thanked all the students who helped the band and said their hard-work and helpfulness did not go unnoticed.

 

“We need more Louisianans in Tennessee,” Davis said.

 

Madeline Wheelahan, a sophomore communications major, is a fan of Rector’s.

 

“I like how he hasn’t changed his sound or his music since he’s become more famous,” Wheelahan said.

 

Rector released his latest album, “Brand New,” in August. He performed tracks from the album including “Favorite Song” and “Brand New.” Wheelahan said his music is positive and relatable, and she appreciated Union Board’s willingness to bring musicians to campus.

 

“I think his music is better live,” she said. “He makes it fun and interactive. It’s not just him performing.”

 

When Ben Rector walked on stage,  the audience was on their feet as he sat at a piano to play his opening song, “Make Something Beautiful.”

 

He thanked everyone with whom he interacted for their kindness and pointed out signs some students made wishing him a happy birthday.

 

“I rarely play Louisiana, so didn’t know what to expect,” said Rector, “but you are crushing my expectations.”

 

When Rector gave the student body opportunities to sing, it sounded as if everyone in the auditorium knew the words.

 

Rector said he was having a lot of fun, and he and Rachal and The Redbones seemed to appreciate Tech’s excitement and energy at the Thursday night concert.

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