Kansas band on a hot streak heads to Omaha
July 26th, 2012
Omaha, NE – An alternative country band on a hot-streak from Kansas is making its way to the Cornhusker State on Friday.
The funny thing about The Roseline’s recent run of success is how close it came to never happening.
“After we made our second record, that band sort of fell apart. I lost basically, the whole band,” said singer and guitarist Colin Halliburton in an interview with KVNO News. Halliburton was soon left wondering if the band he had formed in 2005 as a 21-year-old college dropout was even worth trying to keep alive.
“And that’s when I was on the brink of giving up on doing this,” he said.
The band had been the brain child of Halliburton and a childhood friend. After recruiting a small group of musicians, the band hit the ground running. By 2009, The Roseline already had two full-length, self-released albums of original work under its belt. A Wall Behind It and Lust for Luster are reminiscent of both classic pop and classic country. The albums drew comparisons with the sounds of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young by MTV’s Subterranean blog, while creating a razor-sharp edge to the band’s well-crafted but simple material.
The little band out of Lawrence, Kansas was starting to make waves. But for all the praise the band garnered from some Kansas publications and listeners, people weren’t buying the albums. And the rest of the band stopped buying into the music.
Although Halliburton found himself alone, he still continued write. But then, the pieces began to fall back into place for a new band and a new album.
“I kind of just kept accumulating these songs and finally just made the decision to make a record and see what happens,” Halliburton said. “Luckily, good things happened. So far.”
Now Halliburton is back on the road touring to promote the revitalized band’s newest album Vast as Sky. The album has received critical praise, including a ringing endorsement from MTV saying, “It’s kind of sick how good the band is… We highly endorse them.”
Halliburton said he’s taking it all in stride, but he’s happy things are back to normal. He added he looks forward to the next few months of touring and playing ahead.
“You can play to three people a night and you can sleep on floors, you can sleep in the van, you eat really horrible food, you can make zero money,” Halliburton said. “But at the same time, with the right people, (when) you have the occasional good show, that can keep you going… It’s all worth it in the end.”
The Roseline will be performing Friday, July 27th at 7 pm at the Barley Street Tavern in Benson, Omaha.