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article imageReview: Kevin Costner and Modern West delight at The Paramount Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 14, 2014 in Music
Huntington - On April 13, two-time Oscar-winning actor Kevin Costner played at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. He showed his audience his musical talent.
His band, Modern West, is made up of John Coinman on acoustic guitar and background vocals, Teddy Morgan on lead guitar, Blair Forward on guitar, Larry Cobb on drums, Park Chisolm and Luke Bulla on fiddle.
Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, Costner opened his show with "Red River," as the stage was graced in red lights and they immediately broke into "Ashes Turn to Stone."
His daughter, Lily Costner, served as his opening act prior to his show, and Costner took the time to express his appreciation to the Long Island audience for treating his daughter "gracefully" and "really lovely." He subsequently thanked the crowd for going to the movies all of these years since he is best-known for his acting and directing. He subsequently shared that the songs he would play tonight were written during the making of his movies.
It was followed by the upbeat "Turn It On," which had a neat groove to it, as red, white and orange lights were alternating on the stage. The ballad "Down In Nogales" featured stunning violin and acoustic guitar instrumentation, and he really took his time on this tune, as John Coinman showcased his rich, baritone backing vocals.
He praised The Paramount as "a great place to play," and continued with "Maria Nay," which has a rock edge to it, as well as his female fans howling along.
Prior to singing the song "Top Down," he joked about the confusion this song would bring when he would play it in Europe, since Europeans thought it was about people taking their tops down, but in reality he explained that it is about pulling the top down of a car on a hot day. He underscored that it is about the need to get in the car and drive, and fortunately for him, he plays this tune in America.
His vocal on "Top Down" was gentle, yet slightly overpowered by the instrumentation.
The next song for Costner was a family reunion. He brought back his daughter, Lily, on stage but this time for a duet with him on "Let Me Be The One," where she displayed her angelic vocals, and they had the crowd clapping along.
He continued with "Famous For Killing Each Other," which was inspired by America's greatest feud, the Hatfields and the McCoys, which was a haunting vocal performance from the group.
Costner introduced the new, war song "Stand Strong," which featured strong banjo and fiddle instrumentation, as well as such moving lyrics as "bring on the storm, bring on the thunder, blood is blood, stand strong with your brother."
He shared that his following song "Love is Everywhere" is "really pretty" and it truly was a soothing vocal performance by Costner that ought to be enjoyed for its simplicity. The stage was graced in blue and fuchsia lights, and it featured minimal drums and electric guitar until the very end. It really showed his soft side.
Costner shared that his show is coming to an end and he offered his fans to get up and take a stretch break. They followed his advice and they stood up as he serenaded them to "Long Way From Home."
Overall, Kevin Costner and Modern West put on a solid performance at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. This marked my second time seeing them over the years and they played well. He possesses such a smooth voice and his group, Modern West, is quite underrated. Their music contains elements of rock and roll, roots, Americana, country and folk and is recommended for music fans whenever they are in the area.
For more information on Kevin Costner and Modern West, visit his official website.
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