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