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.
LIVE THE CHRISTIANS: THE ANVIL, BASINGSTOKE 12/5/17 “We’ve just been for a vindaloo so don’t come too close to the stage” warns frontman Garry Christian. Having seen the group with a recent cut-down acoustic format I was keen to see … Continue reading The Christians. Gig review. Blues & Soul Magazine
“Hi, my name is Johnny Cash. Y’all right?” laughs Robert Cray midway through a scorching set in Birmingham’s posh Town Hall. Introducing his band Cray said “You gotta have a support crew. You won’t make it in this world … Continue reading Robert Cray. Gig Review. Blues & Soul Magazine
GREEN NOTE, CAMDEN, LONDON 7/06/17 Kate Ellis nails it at her London album launch gig with a beautiful performance. The friendly and intimate atmosphere of the Green Note club in London’s Camden was the perfect venue for what proved to … Continue reading KATE ELLIS. Gig Review. Building Our Own Nashville
REVIEW: ROBERT CRAY, TOWN HALL BIRMINGHAM, 7/5/2017 Review by Chaz Brooks One of the world’s pre-eminent blues performers played to a sell-out crowd at Birmingham’s Town Hall. Backed by a trio of quality American musicians, bassist Richard Cousins, Terence Clark … Continue reading Robert Cray gig review. The Birmingham Gazette
ANDREW COMBS + PAUL CAUTHEN, GLEE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM 4th May 2017 Opening the show was Paul Cauthen who gave delivered a 40-minute set of awesome power and passion. “Hello, y’all doin’ alright?” drawled Texan Cauthen, sporting a Johnny Cash T-shirt. … Continue reading Andrew Combs + Paul Cauthen gig review. The Birmingham Gazette