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Alive After Five: Nate Botsford

The Grove Plaza, July 31


  • Courtesy Nate Botsford

Idahoans know what it is like to sing about blue jeans, beer and arm candy—come on, some of us hang out with cows on a daily basis—country music is in our blood. Lyrically, Nate Botsford's songs follow the country genre's storytelling tradition to a T, but the man has a voice the bleeds the right amount of rasp in every song, almost like a male P!nk. That rasp pulls at the heartstrings of the audience in songs like "Firefly" where he croons about missing someone dear to him. Even though Botsford hasn't released an album since Hourglass in 2013, he has been steadily releasing singles. The most recent, "Luxury Float," is an anthem for summertime lake bums. Since Hourglass, Botsford has been playing up to 300 shows each year, it's no wonder he can't find time to record a new album.

With Critical Hits. 5 p.m. FREE. Grove Plaza, downtown Boise,