Interview: Roll Tide! Anderson East talks college football, Otis Redding, Steve Cropper and writing with Ed Sheeran.

Anderson East just released probably one of the best albums of 2018 so far titled Encore. One of the most soulful voices around, Anderson is an unmissable and mesmerising performer on stage. Anderson played a show in London back in January at The Omeara and returns May 30th to play the Jazz Cafe. Tickets here Chaz Brooks sat down with Anderson East before his last show in London. CHAZ: Hi Anderson. Alabama or Auburn? [College football teams from Alabama with an intense rivalry] ANDERSON: Roll Tide! [the rallying cry for the Alabama football team] Alabama, oh yeah. My mum was Auburn but my dad was Alabama. I’m Alabama, Oh … Continue reading Interview: Roll Tide! Anderson East talks college football, Otis Redding, Steve Cropper and writing with Ed Sheeran.

Johnny Cash – Forever Words – Album Launch

Last night BOON attended the launch of Johnny Cash, Forever Words, the latest offering from the Cash family is due out in the UK on April 6th. The project takes some of Johnny’s letters, poems and unfinished song lyrics which are set to music by various artists including Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp and Chris Cornell. The UK press launch, held at Mayfair’s Scotch of St James, featured John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny and June, who curated the project and the assembled journalists were treated to a preview of several tracks and a very eloquent Q&A by Carter Cash Most of … Continue reading Johnny Cash – Forever Words – Album Launch

Charlie Parr The Keep, Guildford

**** Reputation preceded this prolific singer-songwriter from Minnesota, famed for playing up to 300 gigs a year. Dressed in denim and moccasins, Parr shuffled to the stage with no discernible gap between warming up and beginning his set, but soon enough the audience were paying attention and Parr delivered a country blues guitar masterclass. Touring to promote his new album Dog, tracks included HoBo, Dog and I Ain’t Dead Yet with older material such as Delia. Parr demonstrated his guitar virtuosity with a beautiful sounding 12-string guitar “borrowed from my good friend Lee” and trademark resonator guitar. It was good to see a wide range of ages in … Continue reading Charlie Parr The Keep, Guildford

The Wandering Hearts – Wild Silence – Album Review

The darlings of the UK’s Americana scene, The Wandering Hearts, today release their debut album.Wild Silence caps a fairy-tale twelve months for the charismatic foursome. From signing to Decca, to the group’s magical showcase gig at St Pancras Old Church, to the first headline gig at London’s Borderline, to touring with Marty Stuart and winning the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at the recent UK Americana Awards ceremony, BOON has been with the group at every step of the journey. We’ve also carried two interviews with them. The Wandering Hearts comprises of AJ And Tim (the boys) and Chess and Tara (the girls). They have been compared by other writers as the Americana ABBA. Listen to … Continue reading The Wandering Hearts – Wild Silence – Album Review

Backwoods Creek – Live at the Star, Guildford

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ On the bill with Square One, Backwoods Creek rocked Guildford with their classy county rock, with an engaging style ranging from country to rock to honky tonk. Backwoods Creek is five guys, all great musicians, creating a vibrant and lively atmosphere. The band went down a storm and played with a maturity beyond their years. The set began with Keep Off The Grass, a country rock number with great vocals and then into Memory Lane. Catch All The Fish was “a faster one to dance to” which certainly got the people at the front moving. Not casting aspersions but alcohol seems to have a place in … Continue reading Backwoods Creek – Live at the Star, Guildford

Wild West Country comes to Surrey – Square One – The Star – Guildford

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review and Live Photo by Chaz Brooks This was a storming performance by Square One as part of an Americana boy band double-bill with Backwards Creek. The fivesome kicked off with High And Dry which set the tone for the show. A heavy, stomping number with high energy and great playing. The banjoist striking Status Quo poses with the guitarist is not the norm you expect from an Americana band. This was five guys, enjoying themselves immensely on stage, playing tracks from their debut album Southern Summer and thoroughly entertaining the crowd. Fire followed with the guitarist striking his own poses during a powerful solo, and straight into a … Continue reading Wild West Country comes to Surrey – Square One – The Star – Guildford

Why The Texas Gentlemen could be your new favourite classic American band

Features / 08 Feb 2018 / by Fraser Lewry   The Texas Gentlemen onstage in London (Photo: Chaz Brooks) We catch up with superstar session men turned record makers and road warriors, The Texas Gentlemen, as they finish their debut UK tour in London Dallas band The Texas Gentlemen pulled up at London’s Bush Hall last night after a short UK tour to promote their debut album TX Jelly. Classic Rock were there, eager to see if a 25-strong group of musicians who’ve modelled themselves on stellar session outfits like The Wrecking Crew or The Swampers could succeed onstage when reduced to a mere five-piece. Did we say … Continue reading Why The Texas Gentlemen could be your new favourite classic American band

The Texas Gentlemen invade London – Live Review – London, Bush Hall

 **** The Texas Gentlemen – Live at Bush Hall – Credit Chaz Brooks Five Texan gentlemen swaggered onto the Bush Hall stage and an hour later they were gone after an impressive debut London performance. The Texas Gentlemen are a super talented country rock group drawn from a 15-20 strong collective of extremely talented musicians from Texas who also are good friends. Strong support came from Howard Rose, who finished his set with Prospector and is showing that he making the transition from the BBC’s Voice programme to real life performance admirably, having a good rapport with the audience. The Texas Gentlemen on show at Bush Hall were Daniel Creamer on vocals … Continue reading The Texas Gentlemen invade London – Live Review – London, Bush Hall

Secret Sisters steal the show at the Transatlantic Sessions

**** Live Review by Chaz Brooks. Rating: Four stars The Transatlantic Sessions have become something of an institution and this was the 9th annual event at London’s Royal Festival Hall, tickets for which sold out well in advance. The house band led by fiddle maestro Aly Bain and dobro legend Jerry Douglas are a wonder to behold, master musicians all. You seldom hear such a talented consortium and the Transatlantic project is one that unites the Celtic and Americana genres, builds on the synergies between them and spotlights musicians from America, Scotland and Ireland. The 11-strong house band kicked off with a rousing folk number whilst the … Continue reading Secret Sisters steal the show at the Transatlantic Sessions