It was a homecoming of sorts for Josh Cournoyer and his band I&R, as they took the stage at The Columbus Theatre on Saturday. Joined by Rhode Island based John Faraone and Mountainess (Emily Goldstein), Cournoyer and company put on a fantastic performance before an intimate crowd.
Cournoyer, who relocated from RI to Nashville five years ago, has put together a new band in I&R which includes a revolving collaborative of musicians. He has been working on a new album “Bankrupt City,” which he described as “a long time coming” and is set for release in 2019. Cournoyer has honed his singer-songwriting abilities and has matured into a formidable artist on the uprise.
I&R’s set displayed Cournoyer’s skills, as well as support by a talented group consisting of Eve Morgan Swain (viola), Michael Murdock (drums), and Nick Sollecito (Bass). He was also joined onstage by good friends Peter Hayden (guitar) and Johnny Gates (vocals).
The band performed an inspired set, which had rock overtones as times. Cournoyer dedicated the title cut from his upcoming album to “the city that I love.” If the title track Bankrupt City is an indication as to what to expect from the upcoming album, we are all in store for a treat.
Mountainess opened the night, with the melodic sound of Emily Goldstein. Goldstein’s voice and sound is very reminiscent of The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan. Her performance was an enchanting and beautiful experience.
Rhode Island native John Faraone also took the stage, delivering a solid solo set. With an acoustic guitar in-hand, Faraone’s sound was mesmerizing and velvety smooth.
The night was capped off with what Cournoyer described as an upbeat song, with a superb cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey.” What’s Up Rhode Island was there to capture this intimate homecoming. See the slideshow below for photos.