Back II Back and VENU Present
Morgan Wallen - Up Down Tour, Buffalo
75 W Chippewa St
Buffalo, NY, 14202
Doors 7:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is minors under 18 with parent or legal guardian
Morgan Wallen is a singer and songwriter with a taste for all sorts of music, from classic rock to hip-hop, but with a voice that points straight to country. Morgan Wallen was born in Sneedville, Tennessee on May 13, 1993. Growing up in the Knoxville area, Wallen's father was a preacher who loved the bombast of hard rock, while his mother was a teacher whose tastes ran to contemporary Christian sounds. Morgan developed a strong interest in music at a very young age; he started singing in church when he was three years old, and took up the violin when he was five. Wallen later learned to play piano and guitar, but in high school his passion was baseball, pitching for the team at Gibbs High School in Corryton, Tennessee. Wallen was good enough to earn offers to play college ball on a scholarship, but late in his senior year, an elbow injury put an end to his days as a pitcher, and Wallen began considering music as a career.
In February 2014, Wallen became a competitor on the popular televised singing competition The Voice, blind auditioning for the judges with the song "Collide" by Howie Day. Usher liked Wallen's performance, and Morgan joined his team. After the second Battle Round, Wallen was stolen by Adam Levine's team, but Morgan was eliminated in the playoffs. The Voice gave Wallen nationwide exposure, but it also helped him find a collaborator; Sergio Sánchez of the band Atom Smash was a vocal coach on the show, and the two began writing songs together that suited Wallen's country voice and rock & roll attitude. Wallen moved to Nashville, where he and Sánchez formed a short-lived band, Morgan Wallen & Them Shadows. After settling in Music City, Wallen landed a manager and an agent, as well as a publishing deal with Big Loud Shirt Music. After placing his songs with a number of up-and-coming artists, Big Loud's record label, Big Loud Music, gave Wallen a chance to record as a solo act, and he went on a tour of radio stations to get back in shape for performing. In 2016, Wallen made an impression on radio with his tune "The Way I Talk," and a five-song EP featuring the track soon followed. Returning in 2017, he collaborated with Florida Georgia Line on the single "Up Down." ~ Mark Deming
Born and bred in the one red light town of Harlem, Georgia, Ray Fulcher could almost smell the azaleas that reside twenty minutes away in the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Master’s. While growing up in small town east Georgia, Ray learned the values of the simple life, what it means to earn a buck, and how a country song means more than honky tonkin’ and sad songs, it’s about a way of life. Growing up on the likes of Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson, Keith Whitley, George Strait & Johnny Cash, those artists would mold not only the music he listened to, but also what kind of life he led. Throughout his tenure at the University of Georgia, while earning his two degrees, he spent his nights scraping money together to frequent the Georgia Theater. There he was inspired by artists such as Luke Bryan, Corey Smith, Eric Church, and The Zac Brown Band. Their early years gave Ray the desire to pick up the guitar and begin writing songs about his small town upbringing, dirt road memories, football games, and pretty girls lettin’ their hair down.
In May of 2014, Ray took the next step and made the big move to The Music City and has spent the last several years playing live music all over the southeast, sharing the stage with artists such as David Nail, Dustin Lynch, Lee Brice, The Marshall Tucker Band, Craig Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, Maddie and Tae, Kid Rock, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, and Cole Swindell. Since moving to Nashville, Ray has also inked a publishing deal with River House Artists/Warner Chappell Nashville and when he's not on the road, he spends his days either writing or in the studio. You can find his latest songwriting work on Luke Comb's debut album 'This One's For You', where Ray is a co-writer on 8 of the tracks and also co-wrote Luke's latest radio single, "When It Rains It Pours"
Ray's current EP 'Here We Go Again' landed in the top 10 on the Country iTunes chart in September 2016 and Ray is busy out on the road every weekend for shows. Ray & the band look forward to seeing you at a show soon!