Last weekend the annual Bottlerock Festival took over Napa Valley for its fourth year. The three-day party featured headliners Foo Fighter, Tom Petty, and Maroon 5, but the standout show was Sunday’s Band of Horses setlist.
The Charleston, South Carolina indie rock group donned sunglasses and trucker hats while belting out new tracks like “Casual Party” and “Throw My Mess.” Band of Horses brought southern charm and redneck swagger to Napa, with lead singer Ben Bridwell introducing most songs as “party tunes” with his endearing crooked teeth on full display while his magnetic voice bellowed through outdoor speakers.
Yet the band was a different entity than in years past; members Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds both left the group two weeks prior to Bottlerock in pursuit of other artistic ventures (guitarist Ramsey is going solo; bassist Reynolds is looking into photography). Even Bridwell has been working outside of Band of Horses with the album BNQT Vol. 1, featuring members of Franz Ferdinand and Midlake among other musicians.
The show was a sentimental homage to the band’s full history, showcasing classics such as “The Funeral” and “No One’s Gonna Love You.” Bridwell consistently thanked the crew members during the set for all of their work while on tour, naming individual workers and bringing them on stage. The Band of Horses brought a country hospitality to the show, and made their hour-long set seem like a warm embrace for the crowd.
The Bottlerock show was just a stop on their expanded tour for last year’s album Why Are You OK. Check out a live show when you can!