Review and photos by Chaz Brooks A packed Borderline club saw the stratospheric rise of The Wandering Heartscontinue with the group’s first headline gig at a major London venue. This sold out weeks ago and the band’s reputation is growing fast. Support came from Eleanor Nelly who, like The Wandering Hearts, is signed to Decca Records. If you didn’t know she was 17 you wouldn’t have guessed it. Her performance in a half-hour solo support set was outstanding, with maturity far beyond her years but not her experience, as she’s been gigging since she was 13. Playing a set of original material Nelly received an increasingly warm reception. To … Continue reading The Wandering Hearts – Live at the Borderline – Review
Guildford Jazz Festival. Many top names of the British jazz and blues scene descended on Guildford for three days last weekend for the town’s inaugural jazz and blues festival. A stellar line-up included Courtney Pine, Martin Shaw, Matt Bianco and … Continue reading Guildford Jazz Festival review. Surrey Advertiser.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Live at the Borderline, London Images and words by Chaz Brooks There was an expectant buzz around the Borderline before Lukas Nelson came on stage in a simply lit basement venue. Guitars everywhere on the stage, at least six. Touring as headline for the first time in Europe, Nelson gave a mind-blowing performance accompanied by his band of slide/pedal guitar, bass and drums. Starting with Die Alone the band immediately hit top gear not cruise control. Loud, rockin’ and funky with shades of Little Feat and the Allman Brothers. Four Letter Word is a brilliant boogie country drawl, with Nelson’s rasping voice … Continue reading The prince of country rocks London
Words and images by Chaz Brooks This was a LooseMusic double act to savour. WilliamTheConqueror opened with a pulsating support set. RuarriJoseph, HarryHarding and NaomiHolmes produced a stonking sound, playing several tracks from their great new album “Proud Disturber of the Peace”. As appetisers go William the Conqueror served up a … Continue reading Danny and the Champions of the World conquer London with high energy Scala show.
Chaz Brooks looks at the forthcoming Guildford Jazz Festival for “What’s On” and spotlights Matt Bianco, one of the festival’s leading acts. This is a three-day celebration showcasing some of the finest home grown and international jazz and blues talent, … Continue reading Guildford Jazz Festival. 20-22 October 2017. Surrey Advertiser.
By Chaz Brooks Opening was talented singer-songwriter Brett Young who played a five song set. Backed by guitarist and a drummer without sticks he was very received by the crowd and included a version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. It’s a testament to Cohen’s lasting influence that so many young American songwriters hold him in such high esteem. Young played tracks from his debut self-titled album including Sleep With You and In Case You Didn’t Know. Main support came from Kelsea Ballerini who came out with all guns blazing for a rocky, poppy and not-very-country high energy set. Backed by five musicians, including a lead guitarist who seemed to think he … Continue reading Lady Antebellum – Live at the O2 – Gig Review
Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives took to the stage to adulation from the crowd. The foursome, all dressed in black, opened the set with Stop The World and then Whole Lotta Highway from the latest album Way Out West with Stuart visibly pleased with himself after nailing a particularly excellent solo. Having rapport with his adoring audience Stuart looked around Cadogan Halland said “This is a classy place. If you’re here for a classy band you’re in the wrong place, but if you are here to see a high octane hillbilly band you’re in the right place. Turn the hillbillies loose. Play it Marty.” Country Boy Rock and … Continue reading The fabulously superlative Marty Stuart – Country Music Week – Live Review
The Wandering Hearts were the second support act for Marty Stuart at Cadogan Hall after American duo Walker McGuire (seperate review here) The Wandering Hearts, parachuted late onto the bill as a result of the group’s dramatic rise and a big push from its record label Decca. The group is a favourite of Building Our Own Nashville which first featured it at an industry showcase and then gave the group its first headline review in April this year. Opening with Fire & Water the Hearts hit the ground running with perfect harmonies and AJ taking the lead vocals. I Wish I Could had all four vocalists singing in perfect harmony and the superb If I … Continue reading The Wandering Hearts – Live at Cadogan Hall London – Review – Country Music Week
Walker McGuire got this Country Music Week gig at London’s Cadogan Hall supporting Marty Stuart off to a storming start. “We’re so excited to be here” exclaimed Jordan Walker. This is the duo’s first tour of the UK and it was a performance from the American duo full of enthusiasm, energy and talent. Kicking off with Back Together the boys were given a warm welcome from the audience. Both played acoustic guitar, shared vocal duties and harmonised well. They gave an outing to a new song Eighteen Forever which, according to McGuire is written in the rock style of John Mellencamp. Many of the songs mention alcohol and McGuire joked “We’re an alcohol-free band. … Continue reading Walker McGuire at The Cadogan Hall – Country Music Week – 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 … Continue reading Joan Shelley. Gig Review. Guildford. Published in Surrey Advertiser