Port City Music Hall

98.9 WCLZ presents


Trent Dabbs

Tue, May 7, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

State Theatre

Portland, ME

$60, 45, 40, 35 - Reserved Seating

This event is all ages

$1.00 per ticket sold will go to the OneWorld Health – (www.oneworldhealth.com)

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. State Theatre box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

After multiple sell-outs for their cross-country acoustic run, GRAMMY-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE have announced a third leg of their intimate Acoustic Live Tour. The new dates, which feature Nashville singer-songwriter Trent Dabbs, extend the band’s trek in support of their first-ever acoustic live album, Acoustic Live Vol. 1. Leg Three of the Acoustic Live Tour kicks off April 29th in Ann Arbor, Michigan, taking the band through an extensive tour of the Northeast U.S., Canada, and wraps up May 25th in Ft Worth, Texas (tour itinerary attached). Tickets will be available to The Insiders Fan Club first beginning Monday, February 11th at 10am ET, with general onsale beginning Friday, February 15th at 10am local time. For complete details and ticketing information, please visit www.needtobreathe.com.

“We’re blown away by the fan response to the ‘Acoustic Live Tour’ thus far and thrilled to be adding more dates across the U.S. this Spring. We’re especially glad to be returning to Canada for a few shows... playing our acoustic show there for the first time ever,” said Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE.

Acoustic Live Vol. 1 was entirely self-recorded last year across the band’s first-ever fully acoustic tour and features commentary between tracks that transports listeners directly into the audience. One of the numerous standout moments featured on the record include the band’s retelling of their first meeting with friends Drew & Ellie Holcomb, followed by a surprise appearance by the duo at NEEDTOBREATHE’s sold-out performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The 12 song collection was produced solely by NEEDTOBREATHE and mixed/mastered by the band’s own Seth Bolt (backing vocals, bass) at his Plantation Studios in Charleston, S.C.

Acoustic Live Vol. 1 represents over a decade of music from five of the band’s six studio albums and is a true compilation of some of NEEDTOBREATHE’s greatest hits prior to entering the studio to record their seventh studio effort.

NEEDTOBREATHE is a GRAMMY-nominated rock band hailing from South Carolina, comprised of brothers Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), Seth Bolt (bass, vocals), and Josh Lovelace (keys, vocals). Their most recent album H A R D L O V E released in 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Albums, Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts and #2 on the Billboard 200, their greatest debut yet. H A R D L O V E is the follow-up to 2014’s Rivers In the Wasteland, which debuted at #3 overall on the Billboard 200 and spawned the RIAA-certified Gold single “Brother (feat. Gavin DeGraw).” The hit earned the group their first GRAMMY nomination as well as a pair of Billboard Music Award nominations.

NEEDTOBREATHE, well known for the aggressive touring schedule and impressive live show, celebrated four consecutive sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as well as sell outs at Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), Ascend Amphitheatre (Nashville), Aragon Ballroom (Chicago), Verizon Theatre (DFW) and more. NEEDTOBREATHE recently released their 4-track EP Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions) – which includes the single “Forever On Your Side (with JOHNNYSWIM)” – debuted their first ever fully acoustic album – Acoustic Live Vol. 1 – in November of 2018. For more information, visit www.needtobreathe.com.
Trent Dabbs
It's evident in Trent Dabbs’ newest collection of songs, Positano that he's been ruminating on the bigger picture of life, love and the depths of emotion. In line with his other ten solo albums, this release captures his ethereal and reverb-induced laid back vocals we've all come to love from him that flow over steady grooves and gorgeous melodies allowing the listener to hit play and let the album run song after song after song. It's the perfect playlist for your heavy mellow moods. In fact, one of the early believers in this new collection of songs is none other than Taylor Swift who, just a few months ago, added track three – “Come Home Safe” – to her Spotify Playlist titled “Songs Taylor Loves.”

Positano is Dabbs' eleventh album, and if you think he's been busy just writing and recording his own albums over the last couple decades, you're wrong. He's spent a decent portion of his career writing songs for other people, which Dabbs refers to as his passionate day job.

From Dabbs' personal experience as a songwriter, there are those songs that simply never see the light of day. Yet some of his songs have become the soundtrack to your road trip or may have set the perfect scene to build just the right emotion for your favorite show. While other songs have ended up being sung on the stages that most artists only dream of playing, heard over and over on radio stations as they climb the charts into the Top 40...and then that one song that ended up landing on the set of SNL, being performed by one of his favorite artists.

It's clear that Dabbs has an undeniable gift of pouring into the new generation of music, helping artists evolve and find their own sound or take their career to the next level. In addition to working with Nashville heavy-hitters like Luke Dick on his Republican Hair project and Natalie Hemby on her critically praised release Puxico, Dabbs has collaborated with a long versatile list of artists including Kacey Musgraves, Ingrid Michaelson and Liza Anne, just to name a few. His work with Michaelson has led to several songs on her last two albums including her catchy hit single, "Girls Chase Boys.” And in this year alone, Dabbs' singles have included Kacey Musgraves’ “High Horse,” COIN’s “Growing Pains,” American Authors’ “Deep Water” and Matt Simons “Made It Out Alright.” And the list goes on.

But for Dabbs, it’s the others.

The other songs that only make sense for the artist to keep because it only makes sense for them to sing. Songs that are so vulnerable that the artist wonders if they can even sing them live. These are the songs that infiltrate this record.

“Sometimes I block off weeks at a time to write for myself, but these were written over the course of several years. It was almost as if each song was an orphan and then once I sat down and put the best songs together for this record, it all made sense and felt like a perfect family. They all seemed to flow and fit together and somehow had a certain unity and subject matter.”

This theme of loyalty runs thick throughout this record. The album’s title Positano, is a place where Dabbs spent his honeymoon 18 years ago and is symbolic because it’s where he realized that loyalty wasn’t just a word...it is a lifestyle. It’s almost as if Dabbs is using his own conviction and determination to be a better man to challenge the listeners along with him. So, take it as you take it and hear what you hear, but don't be afraid to let it change you.
Venue Information:
State Theatre
609 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101