Preview: Brandon Whyde and Friends Come to The Hi-Fi


Closing out the month of September at The Hi-Fi this Saturday night will be singer and songwriter Brandon Whyde. Joining him will be James LeBlanc, Keller & Cole, Cory Williams, Jennie DeVoe, and Charlie Ballantine.

Brandon Whyde is a musician from Beech Grove, Indiana. After briefly attending Indiana University, Whyde perfected his chops by moving to Nashville, Tennessee. He later returned to Indianapolis, where he met Josh Kelly, who had listened to one of his demos. Whyde followed Kelly on tour, and soon began releasing albums of his own. The most recent of these, Whyde’s third studio album, “Silver Apples of the Moon,” came out earlier this month. Whyde is currently on tour supporting this album, which he recorded with Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Nutt in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. To find out more about Brandon Whyde, you can visit his website.

A gathering of guitars

Playing with Whyde at The Hi-Fi will be James LeBlanc, a songwriter born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. His first opportunity arose after being discovered by Rick and Rodney Hall. This led to a production agreement and publishing contract with FAME. Soon enough, his songs were being recorded by the likes of Rascall Flatts, Bryan White, Kenny Chesney, and more. Listen to him on his website.

Keller & Cole are an acoustic musical duo from Indianapolis that formed in 2014. They have one digital album, which is free to listen to via their Bandcamp page, and that was released in November of last year.

Cory Williams is another Indianapolis native influenced by artists such as David Grey, Glen Hansard, and Dave Matthews. His music incorporates elements of indie-folk, alt-country, and rock in an interesting amalgamation of genres. His second album, “Lean Against the Moon,” released in 2015. His debut album is called “The Outcome.” You can find Cory Williams on his webpage.

Jennie DeVoe is an independent singer and songwriter from Indianapolis who brings a unique style to her music. It is a combination of Americana-soul-roots, and blues. While she is a local artist, that hasn’t stopped DeVoe from playing alongside the greats. She’s shared stages with Joe Cocker, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, and more. To find out more, visit her website.

Charlie Ballantine is a professional guitarist with a degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He performs at multiple venues in Indianapolis including the Jazz Kitchen, Chatterbox, and the Vogue. Ballantine recently released his debut album, “Green,” and also maintains a studio where he instructs private students. He was named Indianapolis’ “Best Jazz Musician” of both 2015 and 2016 by NUVO Magazine. His most recent album, “Where is My Mind?” released in July of 2017. You can find Charlie Ballantine on his website.

With such a wide variety of talented musicians scheduled for Saturday night, The Hi-Fi are sure to have a packed house. The show starts at 9:00 pm, and the doors open at 8:00 pm. I’ll see you there.


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