Austin Meade at The Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on December 1st, 2023.
Photos and Review by The Pit Magazine Contributor, Bob DeHart Photography
I’ve been hearing the name Austin Meade over the past year when talking with some friends from Texas, telling me I need to check this guy out if I get the chance. Well…as luck would have it, I happened to be covering the Dirty Honey show on December 1 st and low and behold….Austin Meade is the opening act. I was a little familiar with his sound because he had shown up on a few Spotify playlists that I was listening to. The first thing you notice when listening is that southern sounding guitar influence.
For me, that is a great way to keep me listening. I love to hear southern influenced rock. The more you listen though, you realize that there is a lot more to Austin Meade than being a southern rock guy. Not that there would be anything wrong with that, but his talents are more diverse than just a one dimensional rocker. Check out the new single “Blackout” and you get a totally different perspective. The song by the way, is amazing.
I was excited to see this show, and get a real feel for who Austin Meade is. One thing I learned very quickly is that Mr. Meade is not afraid to have a good time. He’s all about having a good time while rocking the crowd. With his “Howdy Fuckers” trade mark introduction to the audience, which he had plenty of merch that you could get to display, set the tone from the get go. The stage and lighting was simple and to the point. It was all about the music. Lots of songs that you can sing along to and hold your drink up to as Austin and his band fired through their set.
Highlights for me was “Happier Alone” and the new single I mentioned before “Blackout”. Lots of people were seeing him perform for the first time in Lincoln, but they crowd seemed to eat it all up. There’s a lot to be said about a simple rock and roll show with great songs and a fun attitude. Seeing Austin Meade was well worth the wait.
Photos by The Pit Magazine photographer, Bob DeHart Photography in York, Nebraska. ©2023.
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