Idol runner-up takes center stage at Louisa Arts Center

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

Bo Bice serenaded the crowd with a combination of original songs, classic rock staples and the comedic tales of his life on the road.

Bo Bice serenaded the crowd with a combination of original songs, classic rock staples and the comedic tales of his life on the road.

The long brown locks may be gone, but the voice that made him one of American Idol’s most popular contestants still remains.

Bo Bice, runner up to Carrie Underwood in the show’s fourth season in 2005, entertained a packed house at the Louisa Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 28 with an eclectic set list that featured Bice’s own take on classic rock songs, original songs and humorous stories of his life on the road as a rocker.

“He was awesome,” said Jenny Figuly, who attended the event with her mother, Ginger, and daughter Breanna. “We’ve been following him since American Idol!”

The show was part of a recent string of performances by Bice that feature him as the sole performer rather than playing with a band. Though his tours over the summer offer more substance production-wise, Bice said the chance to play in front of smaller audiences allows him to mentally transport himself back to his younger years as an up-and-coming musician playing the local bars in Alabama.

“I like doing this type of show because it’s very much where I came from,” Bice said. “It’s more of an intimate engagement. It’s for the listeners. I get to tell stories of my songs and how I wrote them.”

It was a format that Bice followed the entire night, with his original songs serving as a glimpse into his own personal path in life. He played “Used To Be Me,” a ballad he wrote for a struggling friend. Other songs, such as “Glory, Hallelujah” from his latest album, “New Soul Revival,” dealt with Bice’s own spiritual and emotional journey since the conclusion of his time on American Idol.

To read the entire story, see the March 6 edition of The Central Virginian.

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