Wild West Country comes to Surrey – Square One – The Star – Guildford

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review and Live Photo by Chaz Brooks This was a storming performance by Square One as part of an Americana boy band double-bill with Backwards Creek. The fivesome kicked off with High And Dry which set the tone for the show. A heavy, stomping number with high energy and great playing. The banjoist striking Status Quo poses with the guitarist is not the norm you expect from an Americana band. This was five guys, enjoying themselves immensely on stage, playing tracks from their debut album Southern Summer and thoroughly entertaining the crowd. Fire followed with the guitarist striking his own poses during a powerful solo, and straight into a … Continue reading Wild West Country comes to Surrey – Square One – The Star – Guildford

Why The Texas Gentlemen could be your new favourite classic American band

Features / 08 Feb 2018 / by Fraser Lewry   The Texas Gentlemen onstage in London (Photo: Chaz Brooks) We catch up with superstar session men turned record makers and road warriors, The Texas Gentlemen, as they finish their debut UK tour in London Dallas band The Texas Gentlemen pulled up at London’s Bush Hall last night after a short UK tour to promote their debut album TX Jelly. Classic Rock were there, eager to see if a 25-strong group of musicians who’ve modelled themselves on stellar session outfits like The Wrecking Crew or The Swampers could succeed onstage when reduced to a mere five-piece. Did we say … Continue reading Why The Texas Gentlemen could be your new favourite classic American band

The Texas Gentlemen invade London – Live Review – London, Bush Hall

 **** The Texas Gentlemen – Live at Bush Hall – Credit Chaz Brooks Five Texan gentlemen swaggered onto the Bush Hall stage and an hour later they were gone after an impressive debut London performance. The Texas Gentlemen are a super talented country rock group drawn from a 15-20 strong collective of extremely talented musicians from Texas who also are good friends. Strong support came from Howard Rose, who finished his set with Prospector and is showing that he making the transition from the BBC’s Voice programme to real life performance admirably, having a good rapport with the audience. The Texas Gentlemen on show at Bush Hall were Daniel Creamer on vocals … Continue reading The Texas Gentlemen invade London – Live Review – London, Bush Hall

Secret Sisters steal the show at the Transatlantic Sessions

**** Live Review by Chaz Brooks. Rating: Four stars The Transatlantic Sessions have become something of an institution and this was the 9th annual event at London’s Royal Festival Hall, tickets for which sold out well in advance. The house band led by fiddle maestro Aly Bain and dobro legend Jerry Douglas are a wonder to behold, master musicians all. You seldom hear such a talented consortium and the Transatlantic project is one that unites the Celtic and Americana genres, builds on the synergies between them and spotlights musicians from America, Scotland and Ireland. The 11-strong house band kicked off with a rousing folk number whilst the … Continue reading Secret Sisters steal the show at the Transatlantic Sessions

Courtney Marie Andrews The Keep, Guildford

***** Photo Ella Brooks “It’s good to be back in Guildford” says Courtney Marie Andrews, playing solo in Guildford on a whistle-stop media tour of the UK in advance of the release of her next album May Your Kindness Remain in March. Three nights previously Andrews had picked up the award for Best International Artist at the UK Americana Award ceremony. The rise in popularity of this singer/songwriter from Arizona has been spectacular, particularly in the UK. The show at The Keep was sold out within days of tickets going on sale, so Andrews added a matinee performance, which also promptly sold out. “I love this place, it’s like the bars … Continue reading Courtney Marie Andrews The Keep, Guildford

I’m With Her — Bush Hall, London

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Chaz Brooks Live Review Chaz Brooks. Rating: Four stars Female Americana supergroup I’m With Her wowed an enthusiastic sell-out audience at London’s Bush Hall with a polished performance featuring tracks from their forthcoming debut album See You Around and numbers from their back catalogue. I’m With Her is comprised of Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jaroz and Sara Watkins, all accomplished individual performers who have been playing together since 2014. Three singers. Three instruments. One microphone. One sound. The trio blend seamlessly, taking turns to share lead vocals and harmonising perfectly throughout the 17-track set. All three play guitar, Watkins doubles on fiddle and Jaroz on mandolin and banjo. This is … Continue reading I’m With Her — Bush Hall, London

The Mavericks shake the London Palladium

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Chaz Brooks Live Review by Chaz Brooks — Five Star Rating This was a different audience to most country gigs. Everybody was very smartly dressed and had made a special effort. Well, this was the London Palladium darlings. Beforehand I was standing in the upstairs bar near two couples on VIP packages with a friendly hostess from Liverpool bringing them drinks and snacks. There was no support act which was a bit of a shame as this would have been a good opportunity for an up and coming act to have the experience of playing the Palladium. Still, the bar was … Continue reading The Mavericks shake the London Palladium

“Musical explorer” Robert Plant gets the gongs at UK Americana Awards. Last nights winners announced

Robert Plant at AMA UK – Credit Chaz Brooks “Musical explorer” Robert Plant gets the gongs at UK Americana Awards. At a star-studded gala evening Robert Plant was awarded the UK Americana Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Plant also picked up the Best Selling Americana Album award for Carry Fire and stole … Continue reading “Musical explorer” Robert Plant gets the gongs at UK Americana Awards. Last nights winners announced

Anderson East Omeara, London – East comes to South London and delivers a world class performance. Five stars.

Opening up for Anderson East was highly regarded London duo Ferris and Sylvester who played a fabulous set showcasing their new EP Made in Streatham. Archie provided percussion with back-facing bass drum and tambourine with pedals played with his heels. At one stage he got … Continue reading Anderson East Omeara, London – East comes to South London and delivers a world class performance. Five stars.