Posted On 12 Jun 2019
Despite being the opener last night (Tuesday, 6/11) for the pop-rock band Parachute, the Interscope Records singer-songwriter Billy Raffoul brought out the crowd to the West Hollywood venue, the Troubadour.
Raffoul is currently out on tour to celebrate the recent release of his “Running Wild” EP. The extensive run of dates with Parachute will bring the singer to New York’s Gramercy Theater, Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom, D.C.’s 9:30 Club, Boston’s Royale and two dates at Los Angeles’ Troubadour. With his debut album due out soon, Raffoul is looking forward to widening the reach of his live show.
Growing up in the small farming town of Leamington, Ontario, Raffoul first started writing songs at age 10, thanks in no small part to the influence of his father—a musician who’s opened for everyone from Joe Cocker to Bon Jovi. After landing his first paying gig—playing to long-haul drivers at a local truck stop—Raffoul began playing at nearby bars and clubs at age 16, often driving into Detroit for shows. He eventually connected with a manager and moved down to Nashville and scored a deal with Interscope Records. Soon after, Raffoul released the critically hailed song “Driver” and followed that with his debut EP “1975.”
For this stripped-back performance, Billy performed songs off his previous EPs including “I’m Not a Saint,” “Nobody Here,” “Difficult, “Until The Hurting Is Gone” and others. To everyone’s delight, he ended the set with his 2018 fan-favorite “Acoustic.” Alternating between a couple different guitars and using his drum pedals, the singer was dressed causally in dark pants and a t-shirt. He let his long hair flow down his shoulders. Raffoul’s voice was powerful, raspy and melodic in all the right places. It’s easy to understand why he has been compared to Jeff Buckley.
As soon as one walked into the packed Troubadour last night, it was easy to see just what a devout fan-base this singer has already established. The audience was incredibly attentive to the understated yet passionate artist. They quietly mouthed the words to his songs in between snapping photos. They remained this way for his entire half-hour set.
At one point, Raffoul even told the crowd how quiet everyone was being during his singing. “Normally this is the point during the show when I’d tell the crowd to be really quiet but you’ve already been so respectful and quiet.” Then he began playing his newest song, “Easy Tiger.”
Upcoming Tour Dates:
June 14 San Diego, CA House of Blues
June 15 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
June 18 Austin, TX 3Ten at ACL Live
June 19 Dallas, TX Grenada Theatre
June 21 Bryan, TX Grand Stafford Theatre
June 22 Houston, TX Heights Theatre
June 24 Birmingham, AL The Saturn
June 25 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
June 26 Charlotte, NC The Underground
June 27 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
June 28 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
June 30 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe @ Old National Center
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