William "Bear" Rinehart III and Nathaniel "Bo" Rinehart were raised in Possum Kingdom, South Carolina, and later moved to Seneca, where as teenagers the brothers began playing music together in church. They later performed publicly in coffee houses at Furman University, where Bear was a star wide receiver. In 1999, Needtobreathe took shape as a heartland rock band playing an ever-widening tour circuit. Initially releasing their music independently, the band now has five major-label albums. Live from the Woods at Fontanel is the band's first live album, released on April 14, 2015. Currently based in Charleston, Needtobreathe (stylized as NEEDTOBREATHE) is Bear Rinehart (lead vocals, guitar), Bo Rinehart (backing vocals, guitar), Seth Bolt (backing vocals, bass) and Josh Lovelace (backing vocals, keyboards), although additional musicians are used in live performances.
Headlining at Terminal 5 tonight, Needtobreathe emphasized the heart in the term heartland. Bear sang with a rich, emotive voice that beckoned audience response. Wrapped around well-written and meaningful lyrics, his distinctive voice felt warm, homey and personal. Softer songs weaved between harder blues and country-inflected rockers, all delivered with an honest small-town integrity. Bo played guitar for most of the performance, but when he strapped on a banjo, the band's southern calling became more than evident. Likewise, when Bear shouted soulfully, it recalled the brothers' roots in their dad's Pentecostal church. Needtobreathe specialized in rocking music that first moved the soul and then the hips.
Visit Needtobreathe at www.needtobreathe.com.