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 *****

Ryan Bingham. Live at Black Deer Festival ****

JULY 7, 2019 Photo Credits: Simon Green Grammy and Oscar-winning US country star Ryan Bingham delivered a faultless set at the Black Deer festival. Looking the part in white hat, red waistcoat and smart black shirt/trousers his set featured several tracks from his latest album American Love Songs including the swinging Jingle And Go and Stones with its excellent gospel-fused backing vocals. The gentler Situation Station belies its strong political overtones and contains a less than complimentary verse about President Trump who is proving to be a gold vein of material for the modern American songwriter. Bingham takes his art very seriously, from the sophisticated construction of his songs, his … Continue reading Ryan Bingham. Live at Black Deer Festival ****

Lucero. Live at Black Deer Festival *****

BY HANNAHJESSICA31 ON JUNE 29, 2019 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) “How much damage can we do in a gigantic field?” asked Ben Nichols, frontman of Tennessee rockers Lucero, after recognising some faces in the crowd. “Enough” he joked. BOON reviewed Lucero six months ago and the crowd was lively then to say the least. The Black Deer faithful experienced one of the best sets of the festival. Lucero are one hellova rock band, typically American but with no compromise, a heavy touring schedule, tattoos and integrity. They play songs about love, dancing, whiskey and Tennessee. Kicking off with Among The Ghosts and Slow Dancing, the set included To My Dearest Wife, On My Way Downtown, … Continue reading Lucero. Live at Black Deer Festival *****

Watermelon Slim. Live at Black Deer Festival ****

JUNE 29, 2019 Slide guitar and harmonica-playing blues veteran Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans wowed the Black Deer crowd with a cracking set of livewire blues. “I’m an old guy who used to drive trucks for a living and it’s a pleasure to come over to play for you guys.” Backed by bass and drums, Watermelon Slim began with Hard Times and Wheel Man. Paying tribute to Muddy Waters he played the slow blues Gypsy Woman, with a superb harmonica solo when he jumped off the stage and down to the crowd. Post Modern Blues had a masterful groove and he proudly said “I’m not postmodern. I’m old school” Then … Continue reading Watermelon Slim. Live at Black Deer Festival ****

Irish Mythen. Live at Black Deer Festival ****

JUNE 29, 2019 In the heat of the sun a five-foot nothing lady took the stage at one of the smaller outdoor stages at the Black Deer festival. Strident and confident, this powerhouse lady captivated on different stages on several occasions during the weekend, including a main stage spot on the Sunday afternoon. Born in Ireland and living in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island in Canada, Mythen’s songs are full of passion. Acerbic observations with powerfully delivery. “It doesn’t matter how much money you have in the bank, or how big your house is. As long as the one you love is … Continue reading Irish Mythen. Live at Black Deer Festival ****