(This is Ben. He likes spring bow ties, music, and he’s also kind of a big deal around OU.)
Let the Good Times Roll
When Ben Rector’s concert at Meacham Auditorium sold out in advance, he added a second show. When his second show sold out forty minutes later, he called his contact at the university because he thought it was a fluke
It wasn’t a fluke.
For a twenty-something that grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rector has been experiencing a notable degree of success. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, he has now released four albums, the most recent being “Something Like This” in 2011. This young, bowtie-wearing artist is no longer wet behind the ears. He’s starting to earn his spurs.
Rector’s concert was part of his spring tour for 2013, dubbed “The Rectour”, a 32-city tour spanning U.S. and Canada. It wasn’t too long ago that he was here in Norman touring with Andrew Belle, but this time the show is all about rising star Rector.
In an interview with The Oklahoma Daily, Rector said he wanted to come back to Norman because of the special ties he has to this part of the country, specifically to the home of the Sooners.
“There’s actually a studio in Norman where I made some of my records,” Rector said. “It was definitely somewhere I wanted to get back to.”
Rector also said in The Daily interview that it is incredibly enjoyable playing for college-age audiences—specifically because of the energy they possess.
“College is a fun time of life,” Rector said. “There’s a cool energy. They’re excited to be there. I’m excited to be there.”
He wasn’t the only that had a good time at his concert. Advertising sophomore Caitlyn Kayser said he surpassed her already high expectations.
“He sounds just like his records,” Kayser said. “He also has a very good sense of humor and interacts with the audience while he plays, so it makes it that much more fun to be there!”
Ben has definitely made his mark on the students of OU; one can only hope he keeps coming back to Norman to “let the good times roll”.
(To understand the above reference, check out one of his classic hits: Let the Good Times Roll. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE2YeW99_tE .)
Happy touring, Ben Rector. Thanks for stopping by Norman!
Did You Know?
-While he did take piano lessons as a child, Ben didn’t start seriously pursuing music until high school.
-His first band in high school was called “Euromart”; the band dissolved after graduation.
-Ben didn’t study vocal performance at the University of Arkansas—he was a marketing major.
-However, in his freshman year of college he won the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2006 with an EP featuring the song “Conversations”.
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