Concert Review and Photos: Ward Hayden and the Outliers at Narrows Center

These Wild Plains Open

Rock and country sounds blended perfectly at the Narrows Center for the Arts Saturday night when a pair of Boston’s best homegrown bands dropped by Fall River’s premier music spot.

A great night of music began with the outlaw country sounds of These Wild Plains, who opened for Ward Hayden and the Outliers, formerly known as Girls, Guns, Glory. And although their name may have changed, Ward Hayden and the Outliers demonstrated why they are such a widely respected band. They took fans through a high energy set of covers and originals, behind the sweet twang-filled vocals of Hayden.

Highlights included a pair from their recent album “Love and Protest,” the country influenced “Wine Went Bad,” and “another drinking song,” “Empty Bottle.” The band is able to shift seamlessly from country to rock, covering songs as varied as Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” and later Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land.”

A major highlight of the evening saw the band members circling around the mic “old school” for a few acoustic ballads including a sweet version of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” a song made famous by Hank Williams.

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Check out a few photos of the evening, and check out Ward Hayden and the Outliers when you can. You won’t be disappointed.