These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road With Red Wanting Blue



Title Released
Velveteen September 6, 1996
The Image Trigger April 4, 1998
Model Citizen April 3, 2000
Sirens November 16, 2001
Souvenirs of City Life February 8, 2003
Pride: the Cold Lover October 19, 2004
The Warehouse Sessions December 12, 2006
These Magnificent Miles August 21, 2008
These Magnificent Miles (re-release) July 27, 2010

History of the Band

Original band members Scott Terry and Michael Epp founded Red Wanting Blue in 1995 after meeting in Athens, Ohio, while attending Ohio University. They later enlisted the help of Ryan Eisert and Jerrod Myers for their first full-length album, 1996's Velveteen.

After two years of local performances, they recruited Rodney Hambel for a second album, 1998's The Image Trigger.

In April of 2000, Model Citizen became Red Wanting Blue's third full-length album. It marked the entrance of new bassist Mark McCullough and drummer Jonah Dolan.

The next few years brought album numbers four and five: 2001's Sirens (a piece the band dedicated to victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001) and 2003's Souvenirs of City Life (for which the band toured alongside O.A.R., The Roots, Robert Randolph, and N.E.R.D.). Soon after, new drummer Mark Stepro was welcomed to the band.

Brand new guitarist and keyboardist Greg Rahm joined Red Wanting Blue in 2004, followed by John Kengla in 2005. The band was touring to support its sixth full-length album, Pride: The Cold Lover, an album that saw four tracks make XM Satellite's Unsigned Radio. Eddie Davis later became the newest Red Wanting Blue drummer.

The Warehouse Sessions, a live album/DVD set, was released in 2006, a year in which Alternative Addiction named Red Wanting Blue one of the best independent bands in the country.

The making of Red Wanting Blue's eighth album, 2008's These Magnificent Miles, was chronicled by New York City theatrical producer Ken Davenport (Davenport Theatrical Enterprises). Eric Hall made his debut as a Red Wanting Blue member during the creation of this album, followed by the arrival of Dean Anshutz.

Red Wanting Blue attracted the attention of Fanatic Records (EMI/Caroline), a label that put an end to the band's 15 unsigned years when a contract was finalized in April 2010. This led to a national re-release of These Magnificent Miles, causing the lead single "Where You Wanna Go" to reach #80 on the Hot AC Radio Chart.

The release of Ken Davenport's documentary These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue came in early 2011.