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Wade Sapp Debuts Radio Check at Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge in Madison

by Rich and Laura Lynch

Fans of country-rock should be on the lookout for musician Wade Sapp. He blends traditional country with folk, rock and soul. Sapp moved to Nashville in 2016 where he has established himself as one of country's upcoming stars. Wade has opened for Colter Wall while perfecting his own headlining act on stages throughout the country. We saw firsthand that Wade's hard work has paid off at CD release party at Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee on July 29, 2022.

Wade Sapp debuts Radio Check in Madison.

Sapp's debut album Radio Check needs to be on the radio waves. The eleven track platter tips its cowboy hat to traditional country artists with Charlie Daniels and Willie Nelson coming to mind at times. Others tunes had more of an arena rock country feel in the vein of Garth Brooks but Wade can slow the pace down for more sentimental songs with lyrics that run the range from wise to witty.

At Dee's, Wade was backed by a capable band who gave his prose more punch. Since this gig was a release party they played the entire album starting with the opening track "S.O.B." flowing into "Beer Drinkin' Blues" a perfect song for a bar gig with the potential to be a hit. Relationships are an important topic in country so the reflective "Recently Single" and later "Angeline" were quite high on the relatability charts.

Wade Sapp brought a big band to the honky tonk's small stage.

"Keep On Truckin" was an up-tempo tribute to the road. In the live setting it allowed for a bit of a jam and "Radio Check" had similar potential. One of our favorites of the night was "The Boys We Were" (on the CD it features Colter Wall). This moving song was written for Wade's brother so its sad sentiments were truly from the heart. The smoking "Smoke" was the type of song one could picture a stadium full of folks singing along to.

"Bleeding Blue" was a pure woeful country poem. The catchy "Ten Women" had clever state references and "At Ease" ends the album on a compelling note. After playing all the songs from Radio Check the band performed a few more tunes including "Country Ham" that left fans at Dee's craving more tasty music from this talented team.

Wade Sapp's debut Radio Check promises to be a hit on country radio.

We had arrived early for Wade's show which worked out well as we got to hear some music from New Jersey-native Sahara Moon. She is a singer-songwriter who has appeared at theaters in the tri-state area and has opened for a number of major acts. At Dee's, Ms. Moon was supported by a stand-up bass player. They ran through a set of originals and covers including "Ring Of Fire" which the crowd seemed to enjoy as you can't go wrong with Johnny Cash in Nashville.

Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge opened in 2016, but it has the feel like it has been at 102 E Palestine Ave, Madison, TN for decades. Dee's is a welcoming neighborhood "dive" bar with a 1970's vibe that serves up beer, cocktails, signature drinks and snacks. Dee's has darts, a pool table and an outside fire-pit. In addition to a fun atmosphere they have plenty of live music from local as well as global acts, so please check out Dee's website for their complete concert calendar.

Sahara Moon shined during her long set at Dee's.

Related Links: For more information on WADE SAPP and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Wade Sapp | Sahara Moon | Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge


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