Goodbye June goes all out at Town Ballroom


Goodbye June performing at Town Ballroom.

Chris Prenatt, Reporter

Goodbye June performed last night at Town Ballroom and delivered one hell of a show.

Goodbye June, an alternative rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, opened for country band Whiskey Myers last night at the Town Ballroom. The band, composed of cousins Landon Milbourn (Vocals/Acoustic guitar,) Brandon Qualkenbush (Guitar/Vocals,) and Tyler Baker (Lead guitar,) truly entertained the hundreds of people who showed up to hear some good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.

Goodbye June was first formed in 2005. They were signed to Interscope Records in 2016, which also houses bigger name acts such as Eminem and Imagine Dragons. On August 26, they released their first EP, Danger in the Morning. The band, according to their Facebook page, plans on having their debut album released sometime this year. In an interview conducted by Barstool Blues, Goodbye June stated their main influences include Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kings of Leon, as well as Hank Williams. All of these can be easily heard in their music.

They kicked off their opening act with “Bamboozler,” an amazing rock song featuring Milbourn on tambourine. The band then followed that track with “Man of the Moment,” which has strong blues-rock influence. “Man of the Moment” may also be one of the band’s more famous tracks, having been featured on ESPN’s program College Game Day. Milbourn’s Jimmy Page-esque vocal soared over the accompanying music of his cousins, while Baker rocked his guitar solos. Other songs performed that night were “Charge” (which also featured an interlude of Rage Against the Machine’s “Bulls on Parade” that really got the audience going) “Bad Things,” and “Gold Maker” The last song Goodbye June performed, “Oh No,” was their biggest hit, becoming a smash on Spotify and was featured in Madden NFL ’17. After going all out with his tambourine at the end of the track, Milbourn tossed it onto the ground, it then bounced a bit before landing perfectly up. As the band left the stage, the audience was crying for an encore. Sadly, we never got one.

Goodbye June’s set was an unexpected surprise from my end. There was definitely something special about these guys that was felt last night. With 12 years of performing and music under their belts, I think we can expect great things from this Nashville trio. Do not miss this band. 2017 will be the year the rock world will hear of Goodbye June.

Goodbye June is currently on tour right now. Their next show is this Wednesday in their hometown of Nashville playing at the Ryman Auditorium. Later in the spring, they’ll perform in Tuscon, Arizona, at the KFMA Day 2017 with Blink-182, A Day to Remember, Highly Suspect and Islander. From there, they will be playing a couple of rock and metal festivals, including Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, FL, 97.1 The Eagle’s Edgefest in Dallas, Texas and Fort Rock in Fort Myers, Florida.

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