LIVE THE CHRISTIANS: THE ANVIL, BASINGSTOKE 12/5/17 “We’ve just been for a vindaloo so don’t come too close to the stage” warns frontman Garry Christian. Having seen the group with a recent cut-down acoustic format I was keen to see … Continue reading The Christians. Gig review. Blues & Soul Magazine
“Hi, my name is Johnny Cash. Y’all right?” laughs Robert Cray midway through a scorching set in Birmingham’s posh Town Hall. Introducing his band Cray said “You gotta have a support crew. You won’t make it in this world … Continue reading Robert Cray. Gig Review. Blues & Soul Magazine
GREEN NOTE, CAMDEN, LONDON 7/06/17 Kate Ellis nails it at her London album launch gig with a beautiful performance. The friendly and intimate atmosphere of the Green Note club in London’s Camden was the perfect venue for what proved to … Continue reading KATE ELLIS. Gig Review. Building Our Own Nashville
REVIEW: ROBERT CRAY, TOWN HALL BIRMINGHAM, 7/5/2017 Review by Chaz Brooks One of the world’s pre-eminent blues performers played to a sell-out crowd at Birmingham’s Town Hall. Backed by a trio of quality American musicians, bassist Richard Cousins, Terence Clark … Continue reading Robert Cray gig review. The Birmingham Gazette
ANDREW COMBS + PAUL CAUTHEN, GLEE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM 4th May 2017 Opening the show was Paul Cauthen who gave delivered a 40-minute set of awesome power and passion. “Hello, y’all doin’ alright?” drawled Texan Cauthen, sporting a Johnny Cash T-shirt. … Continue reading Andrew Combs + Paul Cauthen gig review. The Birmingham Gazette
Canyons of My Mind, the latest album from Texan singer-songwriter Andrew Combs has received considerable critical acclaim. But could Combs replicate live the beautiful studio arrangements on the album? Between pre-show interviews (one to appear on this site shortly) and … Continue reading Andrew Combs. Review. Glee Club, Birmingham. 4th May 2017. Building Our Own Nashville.
When I write a gig review the support act may get a sentence or a namecheck, but often not if they don’t merit it. So when I went to see Paul Cauthen as support to Andrew Combs I wasn’t sure … Continue reading Paul Cauthen. Review. Glee Club, Birmingham. 4th May 2017. Building Our Own Nashville.
Photo and Review by Chaz Brooks As debut headline gigs go this was pretty special. A stunning performance in a stunning venue. The Wandering Hearts have been together for less than 18 months, have no recorded output as yet – … Continue reading The Wandering Hearts, St Pancras Old Church, London 26th April 2017. Review for Building Our Own Nashville.
Having been an admirer of Mark Reilly since 1984’s “Whose Side Are You On?” album, the one with Basia, Danny White and “that” song, it was … Continue reading Matt Bianco. Gig review. 229 London, 9th April 2017