Being on your own isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes, it’s the only way to make the path you’ve always wanted to walk in this life.

30-Aug-2016: Jeff West (vocals), Cody Cook (guitar), Ben Kay (drums), and Justin Smart (bass) are the guys from Two Sides of Sanity — the night’s default opener on the world famous Frankie’s Inner City stage. They were drafted into the opening spot due to another band’s vehicle problems but completed the job in spectacular fashion.

Next up was the great alternative, pop/punk five-piece Cool Side Of The Pillow. Consisting of Dorreon Floyd, James Snodgrass, Lucas Swadling, Roy PG-13, and Chase Fournier, the guys played to an enthusiastic home crowd full of friends and fans. Breaking in a new bass player and playing older songs were on tap for the night. A pleasant surprise of new music from the upcoming release, Dead Flowers, was sprung on the cheering audience with abandon. Check the guys out when they head back to Frankie’s Inner City for the Spooky Side Of The Pillow Halloween Bash on Oct 29, 2016.

Then the big fish on the bill got the stage all to himself. Austin John Winkler did the voodoo that only he can conjure while he was in charge of the band’s vocals. Captivated really doesn’t begin to describe the way he had the crowd in his hands as he progressed down the set list for the night with even a Bon Jovi song thrown in for good measure:

“Use Me,” “Up All Night,” “Road To Paradise,” “Red Tail Lights,” “Better Than Me,” “Clique 2 Follow,” “The Plague,” “Thing For You,” “Hate That I’m Loving It,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “Howlin,” “Carry You,” “Uptown Funk/All American Nightmare,” “Lips Of An Angel,” and “Get Stoned.”

A special guest could be seen dancing offstage, and even managed to play a few songs off her new album — none other than Sophie Summers.

Love Sick Radio is Austin’s recent solo EP —and he recently talked to National Rock Review all about it.

He is scheduled to continue to play shows through the end of September with Through Fire. We highly recommend going out and catching him in a live and intimate setting like this solo tour. His is one of the great voices that doesn’t need much help in the recording studio to sound incredible. With the help of two great Colombian musicians and two more from just south of the Great White North, their sound is great and worth a night out even during the week.

So, if you catch him live or get Love Sick Radio, let us know what you think about either or both at our Twitter or Facebook feeds.

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About The Author

After getting the photo bug in the far, past days of black and white film, Erich continued to develop his eye for photography which lead to stops in the sporting, art, wedding, and eventually concert music worlds. Now, doing more writing for National Rock Review, he has entered into the journey of getting to know the artists and the industry, not just the faces on the other side of the lens.

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