|Formed in Houston, Texas, Blue October has developed an alternative rock sound unlike many other groups through experimenting with a wide variety of genres. Among other things, the band has come to be known for its evocative and descriptive lyricism throughout a career that has already spanned more than two decades. While the group has undergone a handful of lineup changes over the years, the band currently consists of C.B. Hudson on lead guitar and vocals, Matt Noveskey on bass and vocals, Jeremy Furstenfeld on percussion, Justin Furstenfeld on lead vocals and guitar and Ryan Delahoussaye playing violin, piano, mandolin and singing. If you’re looking to take in the music of this alternative rock wonder live, then purchase your Blue October tickets today!
Early years and formation
The group first came together in Houston in 1995. Initially, the band consisted of only Jeremy and Justin Furstenfeld along with Delahoussaye. They began playing music together in small venues around the city, ultimately being discovered by Michael Rand, a music industry executive. Shortly thereafter, Rand began booking the group for a plethora of shows across Texas and other parts of the southwest. Ultimately, the band caught the attention of Universal Music Group, who signed them to a recording deal in 1999.
Commercial releases and development
After playing several hundred shows across Texas in the band’s earlier years, Blue October released their debut record in 1998. Entitled The Answers, the album was managed and released with the help of the Furstenfelds’ parents, who worked under the name Rodan Entertainment. The album sold well locally, but did not receive the same level of commercial exposure that Blue October’s later work would have. The record did, however, garner attention from a number of major labels, which led to its signing with Universal in 1999. Between 2000 and 2013, Blue October would put out six more records, each of them integral in continuing to build the group’s fan base. They include Sway, Approaching Normal, Any Man in America, Consent to Treatment, Foiled and History for Sale.