Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real — Live at The Garage, London ****

Lukas Nelson has had a busy week or so in the UK, playing three festivals and this headline gig at the Garage club in London’s Highbury. With a changed band line-up from the last UK tour Nelson was accompanied by bass, drums, percussion (a rarity for a so-called country act) and keyboard doubling on guitar. Kicking off with Entirely Different Stars, this iteration of Promise of The Real has a hard and at times an almost psychedelic edge. What Nelson does best is country boogie, with Die Alone being the first to draw whoops and hollers from the capacity crowd. Hot music on a hot night. More of the … Continue reading Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real — Live at The Garage, London ****

Thomas Wynn & The Believers Black Heart, London – Live Review *****

Thomas Wynn & The Believers Black Heart, London – Live Review ***** “Well then, how are y’all?” enthuses Thomas Wynn, coming on stage to a rapturous reception at the Black Heart in Camden. “Ah, good. You’re extra fine. I hope you dig rock’n’roll.” Heavy riffs, great vocals and driving beats abounded throughout. Test Of Faith and You Can’t Hurt Me set the tone. All tunes original except Springsteen’s Atlantic City. The Black Heart was the perfect venue to see this hi octane southern rock band – upstairs in the back room of a traditional London boozer, no windows, painted black. When asked for a setlist before the show Wynn grinned, … Continue reading Thomas Wynn & The Believers Black Heart, London – Live Review *****

Ashley Campbell – Live at Kenwood House London 

“Yes, I’ve brought a banjo to the UK” said Ashley Campbell with a broad smile on her face, walking on stage at London’s Kenwood House. Campbell delivered a great set as support to Kris Kristofferson with her energy, infectious enthusiasm and songs bringing the audience to life. Playing a set largely taken from her debut album The Lonely One, Campbell showed her wicked sense of humour by kicking off with the fun track Better Boyfriend which brought laughter and smiles from the audience. The instrumental Carl and Ashley’s Breakdown showed off her considerable banjo skills to great effect. She seems happiest on this instrument but is more than capable on the guitar. … Continue reading Ashley Campbell – Live at Kenwood House London