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L ucy sat anxiously, beer in one hand, camera in the other, waiting for this much anticipated Nashville-based band to take to the stage of Tulsa’s ever so popular, Houston’s Fitgerald. The crowd, mixed with a multitude of colors and creations that gathered out of the corners of existence, got incredibly louder as the time drew near for Paper Route to perform. Lucy was ready…ready to report.
Paper Route is JT Daly, Chad Howat, Gavin McDonald, Joshua Orr and Nick Aranda. This year, so far, they have toured with bands like Anberlin and Imagine Dragons. If one word had to be used to describe this band, it would be “gratitude.” Lucy, concert guru and contributing head hancho of Looky Lu, had the opportunity to see these guys first hand when they played the Fitzgerald and said that “these guys never left the stage without expressing their gratitude for the fans they have in the world. They remembered me after only one time of meeting them!!” What many have observed is their willingness to “stick around after shows to meet new and old fans” and to show their loyalty by signing autographs, shaking hands, and kissing babies. Maybe not so much on the last part, but you know what we mean.
The bands popularity has not just exploded because of their loyalty to their fans, but also because of the mutual loyalty of their fan base. Their fans have been known to “orchestrate Christmas gifts or other surprises to include letters and photos.” When they receive these gifts, they actually take the time to personally thank everyone involved. That’s a far cry from the Justin Biebers and Britney Spears of this generation.
But enough about their generosity, let’s talk about the music. If you had to describe their sound, one might say Paper Route is Band of Horses getting cracked out on the Get-up Kids then drinking a glass of U2…or you could simply say eclectic. But, that wouldn’t be enough. Each member of this band brings something exceptionally unique to the table. They are multifaceted. They are variety personified.
Lucy did it great when she described each member:
The first member of Paper Route I ever met was Joshua Orr, who plays guitar and percussion for the band. Once an architect by trade, he now is a self-proclaimed guitarchitect.
JT Daly, lead vocalist for Paper Route, is a man of his word. The very lyrics he uses in every song are a testament to his life, in living motion. His songs are filled with passion, love, and hope. Many of the conversations I’ve had with JT have surrounded the act of being in love or tragic stories of love lost. He is the music he creates. Interesting Fact: Not only is JT a skilled percussionist and pianist, he also boasts the awesome talent of canvas art.
Known as the most reserved member of the group, Chad Howat is the bass and piano player for Paper Route. He uses his multifaceted background to help and mentor many musicians in the Nashville area.
And how can we forget the man behind the drums, Gavin McDonald. Oddly enough, this drummer is usually the first one to be spotted at each show. Why, one might ask? Well, because he’s usually the one manning the merchandise booth. Point me in that direction por favor!
This band’s roster just keeps on going. Nick Aranda, another touring member, is the newest addition to the band’s guitar sections. His rhythmic guitar doubles as bass when Chad is playing another instrument.
As we said, variety personified. Gratitude. Loyalty. What more could you ask for from a group of attractive men playing instruments effectively with Jedilike mastery. Ok..maybe that’s a bit over the top.
Check Paper route out and go buy their album at www.paperrouteonline.com