Local contestant on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ to bring fellow competitor Christian Porter
by Chris Harris Commonwealth Journal
NBC’s “The Voice” isn’t the only place you can hear the music of Brandon Roush and Christian Porter — Somerset’s own Beach Buckets is about to get a taste of their talents as well.
Roush, a Pulaski County native who appeared on the popular reality singing competition “The Voice” earlier this year — as well as on the Master Musicians Festival stage this summer with The Dirty Grindstones — will be appearing at Beach Buckets downtown on the Fountain Square on Saturday, November 2 in a special musical event.
Roush is playing with his brother Austin in an act called “Brandon Roush and the Other Brother,” and his former co-contestant on “The Voice” will be appearing too. Christian Porter, a member of country crooner Blake Shelton’s hand-picked team on the show, will be performing at Beach Buckets that night with Roush.
“We’re in it for the same reasons: We’re passionate about music,” said Roush of himself and Porter. “I learned that from spending a lot of time with him in California. We just kind of meld well together and make good music.”
Roush was picked by glamorous pop sensation Shakira for her team, but didn’t make it to the end, finding himself eliminated in what the show calls the “Battle Rounds.”
Still, Roush’s hometown stood behind him every step of the way, excited about the local boy’s turn in the national spotlight.
“He had played with us before he got on ‘The Voice,’ and when he was on it, we held parties where people could come watch him, so we’re one of his favorite venues,” said Caroline Epperson, operating manager at Beach Buckets. “We got in touch with him and told him about what we’re doing, the caliber of concerts we’re wanting to bring to Somerset. It’s dinner and a show, not just band after band. We just want to do something different.”
Roush, a 2011 graduate of Southwestern High School, has been living in Louisville recently, trying to get a jump on his musical career. He still works with autistic children through his job at ABA (Applied Behavioral Advancements), but is also keeping busy “testing the waters” for a possible tour with Porter.
“This is our first little test run,” he said of the Beach Buckets gig. “We’re going to do a couple of shows in Philadelphia (where Porter is from). ... We’ll do this on a more serious scale after the first of the year.”
Roush added that he’s doing a Halloween show in Louisville at Headliners Music Hall also — and it would be more of a treat than a trick to see a possible surprise appearance by Porter there too.
“I’m really trying my best to push my music, trying to make a name for myself,” said Roush, who said he’s played with fellow “Voice” contestant Patrick Dodd some in Memphis lately as well. “Not only here in Louisville, but trying to push farther.”
Epperson said that Beach Buckets is “extremely excited” about having Roush and Porter, and have already received a number of reservations for the event.
The music will start at about 8:30 p.m. November 2, lasting until approximately 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Ages 18 and up only, ID required upon entry.
Roush hopes he can reward his faithful fans here in Pulaski with a “pretty good set together” with Porter and his brother Austin, and still has a deep affection for this community, even after hitting the big time.
“We don’t play in Somerset nearly as much as we used to, so it always feels nice to come back and play for the people who watched us grow up,” said Roush. “We’ve always loved playing in Somerset. We love the people. Somerset has been very supportive of me, and I appreciate it. I want to let people know I haven’t forgotten my roots.”