WANT TO GO?
With Beta Wolf and Mike Ruocco
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 8
TICKETS: $35, $45 and $50
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Pop music runs in cycles. Sometimes one style is hot and then in a season or two, it's out of fashion. The audience moves on, exchanges one set of instruments for another and picks new faces to turn into American idols.
Nobody knows this better than rock star Chris Daughtry.
The 32-year-old "American Idol" contestant-turned-platinum selling recording artist performs Wednesday, August 8 with his band at the Clay Center. He said he's very much aware of the current musical landscape.
"When you turn on the radio, the last thing you're going to hear is a distorted guitar," he said. "You're going to hear mostly synths and drum beats. Everything is so pop oriented. I sometimes wonder where we fit in on the radio."
Chris Daughtry broke through on the charts after placing fourth on "American Idol" in 2006. Originally offered the chance to lead one of his favorite bands, Fuel, he turned it down to strike out with his own band, Daughtry.
It turned out to be a good bet. The singer/songwriter from North Carolina scored a number of hits and released two multi-platinum selling albums, but as he pointed out, a lot has changed since he first started out.
"It's very different than what it was a few years ago when bands like us, Shinedown and Nickelback kind of dominated Hot AC [adult contemporary charts]."
Now, he said, the Top 40 airwaves mostly belong to pop singers and electronic artists.