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Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, TN
February 23, 2012

Story and photos by Kate Seesholtz

Fresh off of their tour with megastar Taylor Swift, NEEDTOBREATHE packed out Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for two nights of southern infused rock. Starting with the catchy "Oohs and Ahh's," the band moved quickly through their set. Songs "The Outsiders" and "Devil's Been Talkin'" showcased the bands palpable excitement and love of performing.

Commenting on what an honor it was to be playing at The Ryman, the band brought out two cellists and violinists to play on their hit "More Time." It was a beautiful way to show their reverence for the famed hall. Other highlights of the set included "Girl Named Tennessee," the introspective "Able," and a rocked up mix of Muddy Water's "Got My Mojo Working" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues."

The encore may have been the best part of the night. Starting off with radio hit "Something Beautiful" and moving to "The Reckoning," they had the crowd feeding off their energy. Bringing out opening act Ben Rector and his band, NEEDTOBREATHE combined the intensity of four drummers to cover Luncinda William's classic "Joy." It was an electrifying moment that the audience couldn't stop screaming for.

NEEDTOBREATHE ended the evening with a true Ryman moment. Stepping away from the microphone and going fully acoustic, the band brought the auditorium to a hush with their song "Slumber." They allowed just their voices to fill the still hall. It was the perfect ending to a night of incredible music.


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