A Real Classic: Pure Prarie League

“Amie, what you wanna do?  I think I could stay with you…for a while, maybe longer if I do…” If you were born anytime after the mid 1950’s, these words and music have been ingrained into your psyche as a true insight into American culture and pastime.  As the warm, melodic strum of fingers hits the guitar and the country-tinged sound flows down the ear canals, this classic song immediately takes the mind back to a time when rock n’ roll was king, life was simpler in so many ways, and there was nothing better than hanging out with friends and listening to great music.

It’s 2012, but here at the One World Theatre, Pure Prairie League (PPL) were out to prove that they still rock.  Forming in the late 1960’s, these rock n’ roll country boys of Columbus and Cincinnati finally burst onto the scene in 1974, when their little-known album, “Bustin’ Out,” produced the single Amie,” that shot them to fame.  While the group had struggled in the beginning before finding any notoriety, their unique myriad of musical styles soon had audiences captivated.  Dueling guitars nearly shredded during a performance combined with a touch of country and a contributing piano, made this group of musical substance stand out among the rest.

While Pure Prairie League enjoyed great success in both the 1970’s and 80’s, they released their last album of nearly twenty years, “Mementos,” in 1987. While the group continued to evolve their sound, band members and tours throughout the next few decades, in 2002 they went back into the studio, and in 2005 released their long awaited album, “All in Good Time,” to great commercial and critical success.

Back on tour, the community of Austin couldn’t wait to hear this group ascend the stage again.  Performing to a sold-out show at One World Theatre, these boys had everyone captivated from the moment they hit their first note.  Playing faster than a cricket on a cool Summer night, this musical group charmed the audience with their lightning skills on the guitar and bass and smooth musical notes.  In between songs, the band proved they had a great sense of humor, even making fun of themselves for waiting 18 years to release a new album.  Among the new songs and old hits, the excitement and joy of the night was capped off with PPL’s modern rendition of “Amie,” which was the perfect way to end such a great night of music.

While One World Theatre always seems to feature fantastic artists from such a wide genre, it was remarkable to see such an act and piece of musical history just steps away from where I sat.  One World never ceases to amaze in its intimacy and incredibly warm feeling when seeing any artist perform in its theatre.  Being able to see a favorite musician perform live is great, but having the chance to view their show so up-close and personal in Austin is what makes this venue stand out from the rest.  If you haven’t had a chance, come by to experience your favorite artist in such an extraordinary way!

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  1. Michael Santora

    Great theatre and an incredible concert ! A stunning and remarkable set by one of the all time great bands. I couldn’t agree more with this article. Yes, it’s 2012 but don’t tell that to this band or the fans . They rocked the place and these musicians can outplay guys 35 years younger. The outstanding voices, the fiery guitar, the most awesome pedal steel I’ve heard and a drummer who plays and sings with the best of them. HUGE talents !! Great night, could not have been better.

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