Throughout the past ten years, singer Dan Layus has been the only constant member of Augustana through a number of lineup changes. For some bands, this is is one of the toughest roads to travel, especially once more die-hard fans get involved.
For Layus, however, it's been a chance to prove what he can do when left to his own devices. If his stop at Fitzgerald's on Monday was any indication, he's got plenty of tricks up his sleeves. Augustana took the stage around 9:15 p.m. for what would be a nearly 30-song, two-hour set.
Although Layus and company hail out of California, their sound is best defined as roots-rock. It feels almost too sincere to come from a state defined by its pull on men and women trying to make it big in entertainment. More like Nashville, but that might also have to do with Layus himself.