Sam's Burger Joint Presents:
Wed, September 20, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmSam's Burger Joint
$20.00 - $80.00
This event is 18 and over
Seating NOT GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final.
All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $20 Advance/ $25 Day of Show/ $80 Reserved Booth
Something changed after 2014's Heatwave, a record that shone a neon light on Wertz's appreciation for '80s pop music. Wertz realized he'd grown perhaps a bit too comfortable in Nashville, where he'd been making music for more than a decade. Looking to write an album that tackled contemporary pop music from a different angle — literally — he headed to Los Angeles, where he spent several months writing songs for his ninth album, Gun Shy. Fueled by infectious, 90’s-inspired beats, lush textures, and soaring air-tight pop melodies, Gun Shy fires twin barrels of modern pop and synthesized R&B, finding new life in old-school influences.
"I realized I'd been making records in a similar way in the same geographic area," Wertz admits, "and I wanted to get away from that comfort zone. I personally was needing a fresh approach — to pull the clip on the grenade and blow things up and start over. I'm a fan of current pop music, and L.A. is very much about what's happening now. I wanted to see how my music fit into that space."
Filled with left-field love songs about guarding yourself, opening your heart to new possibilities, and wrestling with the sacrifice and vulnerability that love requires of everyone, Gun Shy finds Wertz urging his listeners — and, perhaps, himself — to continue taking leaps. It's an album about stepping into unfamiliar situations, armed with the courage to fail and the drive to succeed. On "Committed," the album's kickoff track, Wertz rededicates himself to the artistic struggle, and with "Slow Motion," he focuses his attention on a loved one by clearing away the clutter and distractions of everyday life. Later, during "Hold On To Me," he channels his inner Michael Jackson on a song that poses some of the biggest questions of his career: why we're here, who put us there, and what it all means. A longtime member of Nashville's songwriting community, Wertz teams up with some of L.A.'s A-list pop writers for Gun Shy, including Ian Keaggy (Hot Chelle Rae, Cody Simpson), Ben Romans (The Click Five, Carly Rae Jepsen), and Seth Jones (Greg Holden, Tyler Bryant).
Born and raised in southwestern Indiana, Ransom was an outlier in his community from a young age, a musical whiz kid situated in a predominantly rural, agricultural, small-town environment. Classically trained on piano from at age three to age eighteen by classical pianist and music educator Teresa Raymond, and trained on drums and mallet percussion for many years with Berklee alumnus Gregg Martin, Ransom immersed himself in every genre of music possible, relentlessly picking out every single part of a song he wanted to learn, transcribing it in musical notation, and learning how to play it on the instrument he happened to have in front of him, be it piano, drums, guitar, or bass (the latter two instruments he taught himself to play).
In 2005, Ransom moved from Indiana to Nashville, Tennessee, attending Belmont University as a music major, studying drums and percussion with legendary drummers Chester Thompson (Phil Collins, Genesis, Frank Zappa) & Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, New Edition, Frankie Valli), as well as esteemed Belmont percussion faculty Todd London and Dr. Chris Norton. Ransom also furthered his piano training at Belmont with virtuoso jazz pianists Bruce Dudley and Steve Willets.
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215