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by Brittany Sturges, Temple ’08


It was a night of smooth-sounding soul infused with rock, as Tyrone Wells brought his show to the World Café Live on Sunday, April 29.

The show kicked off with a performance by Tim Blane, a Bostonian musician who stepped in for singer, Leigh Nash. I saw Blane just last year, and his performance has improved. While talking between sets, he seemed a little frazzled. However, once he started playing the opening notes of his songs, he let the music envelop him in a calming fashion.

Ernie Halter followed. Hailing from the West Coast, the acoustic singer jumped between his guitar and the keyboards for songs. In between songs, he was a smooth talker, cracking jokes that had the audience chuckling.

Finally, it was time for the man of the hour, Tyrone Wells. Armed with a guitar and microphone, the California recording artist kicked off a set that lasted more than an hour. Wells made sure to play crowd favorites from his February release, Hold On.

In between songs, Wells told stories that had the crowd’s attention. One was about a kid trying to pass off Wells’ songs as his own, in hopes of winning over a girl. Another story had Wells finding himself involved in a wedding proposal and the ‘what ifs’ of the situation.

While he performed his own songs, one of the most intriguing parts of the night was when he ventured into cover songs, tackling Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, and Lauryn Hill. The selections were done beautifully, with Wells and his band adding their own flavor to the verses.

There was also yodeling. When I spoke with Wells two weeks ago, he mentioned that yodeling had been passed down from his father’s side of the family, and that he briefly incorporated it during his shows.

However, it wasn’t until hearing it, that it actually set in. Whether it was yodeling or just carrying a heart-felt note, Tyrone Wells has an amazing set of vocals that make the performance.

After the show, fans and friends went to speak to the three performers at the merchandise tables before heading home for the night.