Lucero and Will Hoge – Live in Brighton ****

DECEMBER 11, 2018 A Tennessee double act from the Thirty Tigers label gave a storming show in Brighton. Opening was Will Hoge who gave a splendid set full of energy, passion and controlled vitriol about the new political reality in the States with Oh Mr. Barnum and Nikki’s A Republican Now from his latest album My American Dream. Making a big sound for a guy with a guitar, Hoge was terrific. Jesus Came To Texas had brilliant timing and Home Is Where The Heart Breaks lyrics to break your heart. Hoge normally plays with his band, that would be great to see in the UK. Lucero’s latest album is entitled Among The Ghosts so it was … Continue reading Lucero and Will Hoge – Live in Brighton ****

Courtney Marie Andrews – Live – London. Union Chapel. Review ****

Since her appearance on Jools Holland’s Later show in April 2017 Courtney Marie Andrews’ profile has risen continually in the UK. She played a stunning solo gig at Islington’s famous Union Chapel, one of the top venues a solo artist can play. She opened with Put The Fire Out from her 2016 breakthrough album Honest Life. Most of the tracks came from that album or her latest offering May Your Kindness Remain. “I booked this [solo] tour to sing some old and new songs and tell some stories” she said. She debuted two new songs Must Be Somebody Else’s Fault and Ships In The Night. Andrews is a gifted songwriter and these songs are … Continue reading Courtney Marie Andrews – Live – London. Union Chapel. Review ****