Boothbay Harbor Opera House: Girls Guns & Glory
“We’ve done 10 years of touring, living, learning and growing, maturing and developing a broader world view, a view outside of the small town where I grew up,” says Girls Guns & Glory band leader-guitarist-vocalist Ward Hayden. The young band first played the Boothbay Harbor Opera House two years ago and received such rave reviews that they are scheduled to return this summer on Thursday, July 20.
Their past decade as a band began with Hayden and several like-minded musicians — Josh Kiggans, drums; Paul Dilley, upright and electric bass, vocals; and Cody Nilsen on lead guitar and vocals - getting together. Their love for early rock ’n’ roll, true country, raw blues and pretty much any kind of authentic American music branded them quickly as anomalous — and electrifying.
Since that time they’ve barnstormed far beyond their Boston hometown, playing honky-tonks, beer joints and more recently concert venues throughout the U.S. They’ve amassed a loyal legion of fans along the way. The media have noticed too, including Rolling Stone, which heralds them as a “modern-day Buddy Holly plus Dwight Yoakam divided by the Mavericks.”
Now, in this milestone year, with Girls Guns & Glory recording for the first time on its own label, the group has channeled all it’s experienced into its most personal and, paradoxically, hardest-rocking release to date. Their newest album, Love and Protest, released this year was cut entirely in analog to complement the immediacy of Hayden’s lyrics.
“With this record, we feel almost like a brand new band,” he continues. “We take things in a different direction. We’re crafting songs for people who really like to listen. That’s allowed us to dig deeper lyrically, to make more mature music with a higher level of musicianship. We’re making the music we want to make. We’re not limiting it to any genre in particular. We’re willing to do whatever feels right.”
Tickets are on sale through the box office at 86 Townsend Avenue, by calling 633-5159 or online at www.boothbayoperahouse.com. Advance purchase tickets are $20, tickets purchased on the day of the performance are $25. There is a $2 ticket handling fee, per ticket, which is waived for cash sales at the box office.
Doors for seating open at 7 p.m. Girls Guns & Glory go onstage at 7:30.