Interview: Courtney Marie Andrews talks touring, reissues, eggs on toast, new album and Aretha Franklin. On her recent UK tour Courtney Marie Andrews sat down with Chaz Brooks before a sell-out show at London’s Bush Hall to talk about her recordings new and old, what she loves … Continue reading Courtney Marie Andrews: Interview
Live Review – Joan Shelley – St Mary’s Church, Guildford Joan Shelley from Kentucky joins a long list of talented American singer songwriters to recently perform in Guildford including Sarah Jarosz, Anais Mitchell and Courtney Marie Andrews. Like Andrews, Shelley also recently received a career boost … Continue reading Joan Shelley. Gig Review
Courtney Marie Andrews red hot live in London Gig Review. Bush Hall, London 5/9/17. Rating 9/10. Originally published on Building Our Own Nashville Just six months ago Courtney Marie Andrews was playing an acoustic set to 80 people in a pub in … Continue reading Courtney Marie Andrews
Orange County Fair in Los Angeles is much like a UK county fair but bigger, with the normal animal/craft stalls, food in abundance and an 8,000-seat open air amphitheatre. http://www.bluesandsoul.com/live_item/400/boz_scaggs__michael_mcdonald_pacific_amphitheater_orange_county_fair_los_angeles_6817/ Continue reading Boz Scaggs + Michael McDonald. Gig Review. Los Angeles. Published in Blues & Soul Magazine
Blues great Robert Cray recently took time out of a busy tour schedule to speak to Chaz Brooks about his hunger for vinyl, his favourite singer/album, recording with the legendary BB King and of course, Donald Trump! http://www.bluesandsoul.com/feature/1002/robert_cray_natural_blues/ Continue reading Robert Cray. Interview. Blues & Soul Magazine. September 2017.
Interview: Andrew Combs talks influences, making babies, changing his wife’s name to fit a song, and Trump. In Birmingham during his recent UK tour Andrew Combs sat down and talked with Chaz Brooks about his influences, making music and babies, changing his wife’s name to fit a song because it was the better way …. and Donald Trump. Tom from Loose Music sent me your latest album. It grew more beautiful the more I played it, it’s gorgeous work. I’m writing this for Hannah at Building Our Own Nashville who loves your music, so if I write anything nasty she ain’t gonna print it. Oh cool. … Continue reading Indepth interview: Andrew Combs. Originally published on Building Our Own Nashville.
Interview: Paul Cauthen talks influences, musical upbringing, touring, not getting married, his latest album, Cadillacs, God and timpani drums. On his UK tour earlier this summer Paul Cauthen sat down for a beer with Chaz Brooks and talked freely about his musical upbringing, his influences, what’s on his playlist, his debut solo album and revealed that he sold his heart to the songs a long time ago. Can you tell me the background to the My Gospel album? My last band, how I started my career, was in Austin Texas with band called Sons of Fathers and we put out two … Continue reading Indepth interview with Paul Cauthen. Originally published on Building Our Own Nashville.
Texan artist Jonathan Terrell hits the UK for a short tour this week Texan artist Jonathan Terrell hits the UK for a short tour this week and begins this afternoon at Bristol. See the dates below. If his recent ‘Color Me Lucky’ EP – ‘It’s Not Me, But It Could Be‘ is anything to go by you’ll enjoy the show. I’ve been listening to the EP recently and really like it, it’s subtly driving overtones and flowing style impress, my fave track is “Thinking Bout You” which has a beat and intro reminiscent of the Nick Lowe classic “Cool to be kind’ and that’s gotta be good. Check … Continue reading Jonathan Terrell. Tour. Build Our Own Nashville.
Whitney sizzle in Brighton – Rating: 9/10 Photos and Review by Chaz Brooks. Originally published: Building Our Own Nashville If someone had told me that a hip upcoming band would open up a show with an acoustic falsetto of a Dolly Parton song with only guitar accompaniment to an audience of twenty somethings I’d have said that was a very high risk strategy. That’s precisely why Whitney are destined for big things. Having listened to the band’s hugely impressive debut LP Light Upon TheLake over the past week it’s clear these guys take risks as the norm. All vocals are falsetto. All. … Continue reading Whitney. Gig review, Concorde 2, Brighton, 27/06/17
Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles Green Note, Camden, London 20/06/17 Broken strings, beautiful harmonies and a clean slate made for a memorable night at the Green Note. Excellent support came from Loud Mountains, brothers Kevin and Sean Duggan from Connecticut, now residents of the UK, with a set featuring several songs from the duo’s EP Love One Another. There were tight harmonies and seemingly tighter guitar strings as Kevin contrived to break not one but two strings in a single song. Bravely Erin Rae lent Kevin her guitar so that he could finish his set. He coveted it, joking “hey, this … Continue reading Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles. Gig Review. Green Note, Camden, London. First published: Building Our Own Nashville.