Fort Worth Stock Show

Stock Show’s Roadhouse catches a rising star in Luke Wade

Luke Wade, of Fort Worth, played a homecoming concert at the The Live Oak in December.
Luke Wade, of Fort Worth, played a homecoming concert at the The Live Oak in December. Star-Telegram

A voice from The Voice will soon be heard at the Fort Worth Stock Show.

Fort Worth resident Luke Wade, who recently had a good run on the popular NBC show, will be performing at the Stock Show’s Coors Light Roadhouse at the Stock Show Feb. 3. He is part of the lineup of performers who will hold forth in the large white tent just inside the Stock Show’s Lancaster Avenue entrance, in front of the Will Rogers Coliseum, on an almost daily basis through the event’s run.

“We never had a honky-tonk [on the show grounds]. But our research showed that people wanted live music, and we wanted to give it to them,” said Pam Wright, special events manager at the Stock Show.

The Stock Show began hosting concerts in 2010.

“And it has gotten bigger and better every year,” Wright said. “All year long people ask me, ‘When are going to see a lineup?’ Some people plan their visits to the rodeo based on who is playing the Roadhouse.”

Indeed, the Roadhouse and the rodeo enjoy a mutually supportive relationship.

“The natural flow is after the rodeo. The concerts are a perfect fit for our rodeo crowds,” said Wright, noting that the scheduling at the Roadhouse dovetails with the evening rodeo performances. “We are trying to do more with the facility during the day.”

To that end, the Roadhouse will house a cooking demonstration featuring chef Cris Vazquez, known for overseeing the feeding of the Texas Rangers baseball team, today and next Saturday.

Extending his range

But most of the time, the Roadhouse is all about music, and Wade will be among the more high-profile acts offered this year.

“We had had our eye on him. We booked him before he was on The Voice,” Wright said.

The Dublin-born Wade comes back to the city he has called home for the past six years with the wind at his back. He and his band, No Civilians (which includes his brother David Wade on saxophone), have been touring in the wake of his Voice exposure. When we caught up with him, he was in Nashville writing songs.

The Voice experience was overwhelmingly positive. There are so many amazing people on that show, and they were genuinely nurturing. And my connection to the show continues,” said Wade, who made an impression on the competition with his soulful rendition of Try a Little Tenderness, among other performances.

The 31-year-old singer-songwriter also received some valuable coaching from the judges that should provide some longtime benefits.

“I definitely learned a lot about where my voice works the best. And I extended my range. I got a lot of my falsetto back,” said Wade, who was not eliminated from the show until the field of competitors was reduced to a handful. “And I learned how to take care of my voice and warm it up. So there were a lot of positive changes.”

‘High-energy show’

But Wade is also happy about some things that did not change during and after The Voice.

“What I am proud of is that, all of these things have happened, but I don’t think they have affected me in any negative way. My relationships with my friends, my fans and my city have not changed,” he said.

As for the particulars of his Roadhouse show, Wade promises a “high-energy show” where he and his band will be playing numbers from his first two albums, some of the songs he did on The Voice and a few new compositions.

But whatever is performed, don’t try to categorize it. Wade’s unique mix of soul, rock and folk does not want to be fenced in.

“I don’t think my music really fits in any genre. But I like that challenge. If you take what you do and put it in somebody else’s box, you sell yourself short.”