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Here Lee-La Baum (vocals/guitar), Tom Shemer (guitars) and Dave Traina (drums) – are doubling down on the bruising blues-based, blue-collar rock that distinguished them, and made them something of a musical anomaly, from the moment of inception. In a world where being different doesn’t always mean being celebrated, The Damn Truth are fighting the good fight.
“There isn’t much out there like us,” says Lee-La. “Being the only ones is, in a way, part of what keeps us going, especially during the tough times. All we ever wanted was just to be in a band that we would want to listen to. So we’ve always been kind of fighting for our place.” “Which is not a bad place to be,” adds Dave. “It keeps us on edge.”
And they in turn have a well-earned reputation for keeping audiences on the edge… of their seats. Not that anyone’s actually sitting at their shows. A live dynamo, The Damn Truth concerts are something of a wild, unpredictable animal. Spontaneous, emotional and visceral, it’s the kind of music you feel like you can almost touch.
The Damn Truth have never aspired to be anything other than what they are, and they come by it naturally. Musically, they exist at the point at which band members’ abilities and interests intersect, “And the pieces just kind of fall where they fall,” says Tom. The very first piece fell into place when Lee-la and Tom met butt-naked at a hippie gathering. Lee-la was singing CSNY's "Almost Cut My Hair" and Tom immediately pulled out his guitar and they jammed all night. "And we never really stopped." adds Tom.
Then came the band’s statement-making, four-song The Damn Truth EP (2010). Noteworthy Montreal producers/engineers François Lalonde (Céline Dion, Seal, Michael Bublé) assisted giving listeners a first glimpse of the band’s now not-so-secret weapon: singer Lee-La Baum, a ferocious, no-holds-barred vocalist capable of running the range of emotions without breaking a sweat. At times suggestive of a Janis Joplin or Joan Jett, at others mildly reminiscent of a Stevie Nicks or Tracy Chapman, Lee-La is nevertheless very much her own woman, a vocal powerhouse who resists narrow definitions. “I think it’s pretty awesome that people can find a reference that works for them and I’m cool with that,” says Lee-La. “I have a lot of inspirations, and I’m always listening to music, but I’ve never said, ‘Okay, I want to be that’ or ‘I’m going to emulate or channel, say, Janis Joplin.’ That’s never, ever been a thing. When I close my eyes and sing, I’m just me.”
It doesn’t get much more rock’n’roll than that. And again, that’s The Damn Truth.
OPENING ACT IS MADAM COMPANY
Madam Company has set out to be the Southeast’s (and beyond!) premier Bad company/Free/Paul Rodgers tribute band. 5 seasoned musicians have come together to pay homage to some of the most celebrated music of the classic rock era! No Bad Company tribute band would be complete without a Paul Rodgers frontman, or in this case, front-Woman. Melanie's soulful voice and grit-filled delivery make her the ultimate female Paul Rodgers! Madam Company Delivers all of your favorite radio hits as well as an assortment of more obscure songs for the die hard fans! Hard Driving, no frills rock and roll along with the “Anthems” that you cannot help but sing along with .
TYPES OF TICKETS
There are no bad views of our stage at The Vista, even if you are standing! Often these are the best tickets if you want to be up close and personal with your favorite artist. Be aware that holders of Standing Room - Main Floor tickets have not purchased a seat and are not guaranteed a seat. This means that for sold out shows, holders of these tickets will likely be standing. If you want to assure the exclusivity and comfort of a reserved table at a show that is likely to sell out, we recommend purchasing a Reserved Table. However, at most shows, we only allow up to half the tables to be saved as reserved and the remaining will be available for General Admission ticket holders. Any reserved tables not purchased will be available for General Admission.
Don’t like standing or bumping elbows, or maybe you want to take the worry out of fighting traffic to be early to get a table? Exclusivity may be for you! Reserved Table tickets provide ticket holders the option to have a table saved for you. When the doors open to our venue, your reserved table will be waiting for you. Please note, Reserved Table tickets must be purchased in groups of 4 or 6, as there are 4 or 6 seats per table.
Food menu and full bar service available. Outside food and drink may not be brought into the Vista Room. Check out our menu and join us for a meal!
Please call us at 404-321-5000 for any questions before the show.