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British soul royal Mica Paris talks to Chaz Brooks about her musical upbringing and her new project Mica Sings Ella. Why Ella Fitzgerald? I chose Ella’s songbook because she is ubiquitous. She wasn’t afraid to try new styles and had … Continue reading Mica Paris interview. Blues & Soul website
Review and Live Photos by Chaz Brooks The crowd knew exactly what was coming – a hi-octane, whirlwind set. The Borderline was more raucous than normal when The Men They Couldn’t Hang came to town, evidently a December ritual for the veteran punk folk … Continue reading The Men They Couldn’t Hang take London’s Borderline by storm ***** Rating
10. The Fabulously superlative Marty Stuart, Cadogan Hall, London Supported by the Wandering Hearts and Walker McGuire, Stuart gave a majestic performance at London’s Cadogan Hall. It was a privilege to see this master at work and he showed his mandolin prowess with a stunning … Continue reading Best Live gigs of 2017 — Chaz Brooks rounds up his top ten gigs of the year
Metallica is not what springs to mind when you ask The Wandering Hearts their influences. Chaz Brooks sat down with the band before a sell-out gig at the Borderline. Enjoy! Interview What’s the best thing you’ve done so far? [AJ] Oh my goodness, that’s really hard … Continue reading Interview: The Wandering Hearts — interview — influences — harmonies — Nashville.
Chaz Brooks Chris Stapleton’s eagerly anticipated second installment of 2017 doesn’t disappoint. The album kicks off with a version of Kevin Welch’s Millionaire with Stapleton’s relaxed, languid style and Morgane Stapleton providing superb complimentary vocals. The first of seven original numbers, Hard Livin’ sees Stapleton in a country … Continue reading Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 2 Album Review **** Rating
The Texas Gentlemen Tour — Debut album TX Jelly out now The Texas Gentlemen have a much-anticipated UK tour. Chaz Brooks will be reviewing the Bush Hall gig for BOON. Dates are: Weds 31 Jan — LONDON UK AmericanaFest showcase, Oslo Bar Fri 2 Feb — BRISTOL Thelka Sat 3 Feb — BRIGHTON Patterns Mon 5 Feb — GLASGOW Oran Mor Tues 6 Feb — MANCHESTER Deaf Institute Weds 7 Feb — LONDON Bush Hall Heralded as a remarkable live band, debut album TX Jelly was widely praised on its release via New West Records in late 2017, with Uncut making it Americana Album of the Month and 4* review … Continue reading The Texas Gentlemen Tour — Debut album TX Jelly out now
The Mavericks, well-known for their tremendous live shows, return to tour the UK. Chaz Brooks will be there for BOON to review the London Palladium gig. Tour details are: Fri 02 Feb — BRISTOL — Colston Hall One Sat 03 Feb — LONDON — Palladium Sun 04 … Continue reading The Mavericks – Tour Dates — Grammy nominated album Brand New Day out now
Guildford G Live The 80s revival bandwagon rolled into Guildford recently in the form of a triple-header of 80s chart-toppers. Clare Grogan of Altered Images began the show with a lively set including I Could Be Happy and “the song … Continue reading Midge Ure, The Christians, Altered Images
****Rating The 23 year-old twins from Hampshire Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas are taking the British country music scene by storm. At Guildford’s G Live they showed why they are such a highly regarded act, commercialising vocal-heavy Americana with catchy pop songs. The show began with Boomerang and … Continue reading Ward Thomas. Concert Review. Surrey Advertiser