Lady Antebellum – Live at the O2 – Gig Review

By Chaz Brooks Opening was talented singer-songwriter Brett Young who played a five song set. Backed by guitarist and a drummer without sticks he was very received by the crowd and included a version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. It’s a testament to Cohen’s lasting influence that so many young American songwriters hold him in such high esteem. Young played tracks from his debut self-titled album including Sleep With You and In Case You Didn’t Know. Main support came from Kelsea Ballerini who came out with all guns blazing for a rocky, poppy and not-very-country high energy set. Backed by five musicians, including a lead guitarist who seemed to think he … Continue reading Lady Antebellum – Live at the O2 – Gig Review

The fabulously superlative Marty Stuart – Country Music Week – Live Review

Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives took to the stage to adulation from the crowd. The foursome, all dressed in black, opened the set with Stop The World and then Whole Lotta Highway from the latest album Way Out West with Stuart visibly pleased with himself after nailing a particularly excellent solo. Having rapport with his adoring audience Stuart looked around Cadogan Halland said “This is a classy place. If you’re here for a classy band you’re in the wrong place, but if you are here to see a high octane hillbilly band you’re in the right place. Turn the hillbillies loose. Play it Marty.” Country Boy Rock and … Continue reading The fabulously superlative Marty Stuart – Country Music Week – Live Review

The Wandering Hearts – Live at Cadogan Hall London – Review – Country Music Week

The Wandering Hearts were the second support act for Marty Stuart at Cadogan Hall after American duo Walker McGuire (seperate review here)   The Wandering Hearts, parachuted late onto the bill as a result of the group’s dramatic rise and a big push from its record label Decca. The group is a favourite of Building Our Own Nashville which first featured it at an industry showcase and then gave the group its first headline review in April this year. Opening with Fire & Water the Hearts hit the ground running with perfect harmonies and AJ taking the lead vocals. I Wish I Could had all four vocalists singing in perfect harmony and the superb If I … Continue reading The Wandering Hearts – Live at Cadogan Hall London – Review – Country Music Week

Walker McGuire at The Cadogan Hall – Country Music Week – Live Review

Walker McGuire got this Country Music Week gig at London’s Cadogan Hall supporting Marty Stuart off to a storming start. “We’re so excited to be here” exclaimed Jordan Walker. This is the duo’s first tour of the UK and it was a performance from the American duo full of enthusiasm, energy and talent. Kicking off with Back Together the boys were given a warm welcome from the audience. Both played acoustic guitar, shared vocal duties and harmonised well. They gave an outing to a new song Eighteen Forever which, according to McGuire is written in the rock style of John Mellencamp. Many of the songs mention alcohol and McGuire joked “We’re an alcohol-free band. … Continue reading Walker McGuire at The Cadogan Hall – Country Music Week – Live Review

Hannah’s Yard – Beginnings – Album Review

Hannah’s Yard is fronted by 21 year-old Hannah Turner.Beginnings is her debut album and has already gained considerable interest, with exposure on BBC Radio and Robert Elms on BBC Radio London. Difficult to pigeon-hole into one genre, the website sums the sound up perfectly as ‘acoustic pop’ side of pop/jazz/folk/country. I’ll settle for that. The standout song is the first track on the album, the sensational Why Would I Know which features lovely piano playing by James Reader and a guitar solo by Pete Callard worthy of Jonathan Butler. Should Norah Jones hear this she will want to record it. I’ve given it a rare 5 star rating in my iTunes library. Hannah spoke to Chaz Brooks for Building Our … Continue reading Hannah’s Yard – Beginnings – Album Review

Boz Scaggs + Michael McDonald. Gig Review. Los Angeles. Published in Blues & Soul Magazine

Orange County Fair in Los Angeles is much like a UK county fair but bigger, with the normal animal/craft stalls, food in abundance and an 8,000-seat open air amphitheatre. http://www.bluesandsoul.com/live_item/400/boz_scaggs__michael_mcdonald_pacific_amphitheater_orange_county_fair_los_angeles_6817/ Continue reading Boz Scaggs + Michael McDonald. Gig Review. Los Angeles. Published in Blues & Soul Magazine