Bonnie Blue brings authentic Southern rock to BV

After an “amazing” reception in July 2017, Bonnie Blue will return to The Lariat at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, to rock Buena Vista with an authentic Southern accent.

The summer show was Bonnie Blue’s first stop on its first Colorado tour, and “The Lariat was a wonderful spot, one of the favorite places we played when we were out there in July,” said Will Gore, vocals and guitar. “We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, but we didn’t have time to venture out. … Last time we hit like six mountain cities. Just getting to and from the shows was an adventure.”

This time around the band has a day off, and Gore said he and his bandmates plan to take advantage of the local opportunities outdoors.

Founded by guitarist and singer-songwriter Bradley Churchman and drummer Jeremy Mayr, the band includes Gore, Adam Kenneway on bass and John Wilson on keyboards and vocals, all of whom have contributed to the Southern music scene through multiple bands. Expanding on that base, Bonnie Blue is now turning heads in Colorado with its authentic Southern rock in the vein of legendary bands like The Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic.

When the band last played The Lariat, its most recent album, No Lookin’ Back, had just dropped, and Gore noted, “The days of selling CDs have kinda come and gone, but sales have been going great. It’s been very well received.” In fact, this week’s issue of Relix magazine features a track from the album.

Gore said he expects the next Bonnie Blue album to be out this year. Since Gore owns his own studio, scheduling studio time isn’t a problem, “so we’re looking at probably August-September. The material pretty much is ready and just needs some final touches.”

In other news, Bonnie Blue will bring their mix of old-fashioned rock, country, soul and blues to Florida’s Wanee Festival for the third time. Headlined by Widespread Panic, the festival originated with The Allman Brothers. “We’re really excited to be invited back,” said Gore.

Speaking of The Allman Brothers, Gore is directly involved in keeping the band’s legacy alive as a member of the Melody Trucks Band. Melody is the daughter of Butch Trucks, drummer and founding member of The Allman Brothers. “We were fortunate enough to meet Butch and opened a few shows for him,” Gore said. “It means a lot to me to carry on that legacy with his daughter.”

Otherwise, Bonnie Blue has been doing what they do, which consists of monthly tours, mainly in the Southeast, to satisfy their growing fan base. And Gore said he and his bandmates are definitely planning to come back to Colorado this summer, “hitting mountain towns” like they did in 2017. “We’re just holding steady and keeping it moving, keeping the momentum going.”