Charley Crockett Touring the UK In September

JULY 12, 2019 Charley Crockett tours a lot, he played over 200 shows last year. He talks a lot – his onstage banter alone is worth the price of admission. He plays fast and he plays well. BOON reviewed him on his last tour of the UK and we loved him. He’s coming to the UK in September to play a short run of shows, including the Long Road festival. Crockett’s unique approach to American roots music — a mix of Texas blues, classic country and Cajun soul — has earned him an audience on both sides of the Atlantic. He cut … Continue reading Charley Crockett Touring the UK In September

Wildwood Kin play new album tracks at London showcase

JULY 12, 2019 London’s Elegant Hotel hosted the recent Sony showcase for folk/rock trio Wildwood Kin to preview four tracks from their second album, Wildwood Kin, out on October 4th. Sisters Beth and Emillie Key and cousin Meg Loney, all dressed in red and black, were joined for the session by a guitarist/bassist to add depth to the sound, according to a Sony executive. “We can’t wait to release this album in October. We’re stoked.” enthused Meg Loney. The trademark harmonies shine as brightly as ever and there’s a rocky edge with Loney’s enthusiastic drum work. Tracks played were Headed For The Water, Never Alone about … Continue reading Wildwood Kin play new album tracks at London showcase

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Live at The Garage, London ****

  JULY 10, 2019 Peyton’s Big Damn Band is rather small. On stage with Peyton were his wife “Washboard” Breezy Peyton and Max Senteney on a drumkit that includes a maple syrup bucket as tom tom. Peyton plays blues guitar the old-fashioned way, playing the bass line with his thumb and finger-picking the lead. This was a no-frills show of Delta and Hill Country Blues played with intensity, good humour and skill. Peyton had six guitars on stage, including a National Resonator and two box guitars, one being a three-string version. About one of his guitars Peyton said “I paid $325 for this one, so it’s … Continue reading Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Live at The Garage, London ****

Stevie Wonder’s Song Party. Live at BST Hyde Park *****

JULY 7, 2019 Stevie Wonder gave an emotionally-charged performance to 65,000 people at London’s Hyde Park as part of the of theBarclaycard presents British Summer Time programme. Escorted to the stage to the by two of his six backing singers, Stevie appeared emotional. He was to explain the reason for this at the end of the show. What followed was two hours of Stevie magic. As If You Read My Mind from his 1980 album Hotter Than July opened the show with power and funk to die for. Master Blaster from the same album led into a heavy funk version of Higher Ground. The funk turned to Latin groove … Continue reading Stevie Wonder’s Song Party. Live at BST Hyde Park *****

Stevie Wonder Tells Fans at BST Hyde Park Last Night That He’s To Have a Kidney Transplant.

JULY 7, 2019 At the end of Saturday’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time show, Stevie Wonder announced, “I’m going to be doing three shows then taking a break. So, what’s going to happen is this, I’m going to have surgery. I’m going to have a kidney transplant, at the end of September this year. I’m all good, I’m all good, I’m all good. I have a donor, it’s all good. I want you to know I came here to give you my love and to thank you for your love. You ain’t gotta hear no rumours about nothing, I told you what’s up, … Continue reading Stevie Wonder Tells Fans at BST Hyde Park Last Night That He’s To Have a Kidney Transplant.

Corinne Bailey Rae. Live at BST Hyde Park *****

JULY 9, 2019 Corinne Bailey Rae brought sunshine on a sunny day to Hyde Park, with her versatile blend of jazz-tinged soul. Accompanied by keyboards, guitar and drums, she opened with Been To The Moon and Closer before a Bob Marley cover of Is This Love showed her warmth and soul. The bouncy Paris Nights/New York Mornings exemplifies her unique style, delicate soul-filled vocals over a dreamy soundscape background, augmented by the giant video screen behind her showing sweeping barren landscapes. “Seeing as we’re on before Stevie [Wonder] we wanted to play one of his songs for you” preceded a funky version of Love Having You Around from his Music Of My Mind album. … Continue reading Corinne Bailey Rae. Live at BST Hyde Park *****

Lionel Richie – Live at BST Hyde Park ****

JULY 7, 2019 Lionel Richie looks good for 70. Lionel Richie looks good full stop. As an audience member who had seen Lionel 25 times put it before the show: “You know what you’re going to get with Lionel, he always delivers.” And deliver he did. Hit after hit. Singalong after singalong. All set long. Three Lionel sparkly jackets’ worth (an orange bomber jacket to start, then purple and finally a brilliant white). Opening with Running With The Night Richie urged the crowd to singalong to every song, and many of them did. He turned to the piano for Easy and he makes it look precisely … Continue reading Lionel Richie – Live at BST Hyde Park ****

The Wandering Hearts – Live at Black Deer Festival ****

JULY 9, 2019 The Wandering Hearts have become a familiar feature on UK country festival schedules. Having played the inaugural Black Deer Festival the group were invited back and this year were upgraded to a main stage slot. AJ, Chess and Tara were joined by guitar, bass and drums to provide a lively set of strong material that went down a treat in the afternoon sun. The relatively recent addition of a drummer lends punch and weight to the trio‘s trademark harmonies. Kicking off a 13-track set was Fire & Water. Heartbreak Hotel kept the momentum and Wish I Could provided a catchy pop element. … Continue reading The Wandering Hearts – Live at Black Deer Festival ****

Black Deer Festival. Americana in the sun

JULY 5, 2019 Black Deer Festival – Americana in the sun BOON spent two days in the sunshine in the Kent countryside at the second Black Deer Festival. Attending on the Saturday and Sunday we saw some great music, the highlights being a solo set from British bluesman Martin Harley and splendid performances from Lucero and Paul Cauthen. Several standalone reviews are on this site. In its second year Black Deer has come of age, the organisation of the festival was perfect. Everything ran to time, the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, as were the ever-efficient PR team at Zeitgeist who organised the media operation. … Continue reading Black Deer Festival. Americana in the sun

Paul Cauthen. Loud, ferocious and committed. Live at Black Deer Festival *****

BY HANNAHJESSICA31 ON JULY 5, 2019 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) BOON had reviewed Paul Cauthen’s show at London’s Slaughtered Lamb days before his Black Deer set so we were compelled to see him again. The atmosphere Cauthen whipped up at Black Deer was incredible. A man possessed, Cauthen and his band ripped through a 13-track set, took no prisoners and made a lot of new fans. At Black Deer Cauthen was loud, ferocious and committed. This was a notch up from his show in London. The intensity was intimidating. Sneering and strutting to excess, Cauthen spat out his words like a cobra. This was strong stuff. Cauthen took dancing whilst playing … Continue reading Paul Cauthen. Loud, ferocious and committed. Live at Black Deer Festival *****