Returning to the Toadlick Music Festival stage this year is country rocker and songwriter Anthony Orio. Orio says heâ€™s always had a passion for country music and his main draw has been connecting with a crowd through live performances.
Orio and his band, The Goodfellers, perform more than 200 shows a year. Youâ€™ll catch them at Toadlick, but if you want to see them again, which you will after you catch them at Toadlick, they play a variety of venues. â€œEverything from outdoor concerts and festivals like Toadlick to clubs to bars,â€ said Orio. â€œI would say right now the bulk of our dates are at clubs in the southeast. We do a ton of shows in Nashville, Georgia, Alabama,Â Florida and the Carolinas.â€
Their concerts are dubbed as a high-energy groove-infused version of country music. They know how to throw a party as Orio said, â€œYou can always expect us to bring the party to the stage. I got into music because I love performing. We always bring a crazy amount of energy to our show.â€
In December 2014, Orio released a new single â€œThose Day, These Nights.â€ The single is receiving airplay on XM Radio and heâ€™s pumped to finally be getting radio airplay. Heâ€™s been on the road for six years and doing more than 200 dates a year, and he said itâ€™s nice to hear his music on the airwaves. To give a little insight about the single Orio said, â€œI co-wrote the song with two good buddies of mine, Matt Cline and Brent Baxter and recorded it with producer Matt Rovey who has worked on records with everyone from Zac Brown to Alan Jackson.Â We recorded it in a studio that was an old hideaway and gambling hall in NashvilleÂ for Al Capone.â€
When songwriting, singing and touring year round you always wonder what keeps these guys rolling. Inspiration. We asked Orio what kind of music inspires him on stage every night, songwriting and in the studio. â€œAnything with soul, whether itâ€™s in the lyrics, or the melody or the groove,â€ said Orio. â€œIf I can feel it, Iâ€™m all in. I grew up on the lyrical soul of country music and the melodic soul of Motown so I try to combine the two in my own music.â€
Curious to know what Orio and his band mates are listening to on the road? Chris Stapleton, Butch Walker, Randy Houser, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and Shenendoah.
Well itâ€™s good to know that Orio has Randy Houser on his playlist because heâ€™s also excited to see Houser perform at Toadlick this year. â€œIâ€™m pumped about this yearâ€™s lineup,â€ said Orio. â€œIâ€™m a huge fan of both Randy Houser and Lee Brice and have done a few shows with them before. I also grew up listening to Alabama and Ronnie Milsap, two of my heroes and artists who inspired me to sing country music. Canâ€™t go wrong with Hank Jr., especially in Alabama.â€
Performing at Toadlick last year, Orio said it was awesome to see so many country music fans descend upon Dothan for three days. He said fans withstood the heat and sun to celebrate country music and he thought that was totally badass.
Curious to know just how crazy his shows get, we wanted to know the craziest thing he has seen at a show. Orio wonâ€™t divulge saying, â€œI donâ€™t know that I can say and still keep my fans. Letâ€™s just say Iâ€™ve probably had something to do with most of them.â€
Toadlick is bound to be an exciting time. Be on the lookout for more stuff from Anthony Orio coming to SiriusXM in 2015 and as always heâ€™ll be burning up a stage somewhere any given night. To get more information about Orio and his music, be sure to visit his website at www.anthonyorio.com.
Whitney Fike Â Â http://toadlick.com/anthony-orio-the-goodfellers-coming-to-toadlick-2015/