Vince Gill’s last offering was Guitar Slinger in 2011, which showcased – as many of his albums have, on his talented musicianship. So I was eager to review his latest offering in 5 years. Read more... “Vince Gill Down To My Last Bad Habit Review”
Charles Kelley : The Driver
Imagine the scene. Miami. 1986. Two detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, enter a crowded nightclub. Girls in bikinis dance on podiums, men in suits with the sleeves rolled up run nervous hands through highlighted hair and in the background plays Charles Kelley’s ‘Dancing Around It.” Read more... “Charles Kelley The Driver Review”
AARON WATSON & FRIENDS
What a great night was had, catching up with Aaron Watson on his UK tour.
We saw him in Manchester at a great little club, The Ruby Lounge. It was my first visit here, and it’s a really intimate venue with a great atmosphere.
Opening the evening was our own Gary Quinn – I’ve seen him perform several times now, but it’s always good to see him. During his half hour set, he sang seven of his songs, covering lots of our favourites, and had everyone singing along.
After a short break, Sam Outlaw from Los Angeles took to the stage, for his first ever show in the UK. He was a new artist to me as I’d only got his album the day before, but I enjoyed what I’d listened to, so was really looking forward to seeing him live – and he was everything I hoped! He sang eight songs, chatting in between them, explaining why he’d written each song and injecting humorous comments into every story. He also told us his name ‘Outlaw’ was not a stage name – it was in fact his mother’s maiden name! How handy!! He ended his show, telling us all how in spite of it being ‘pretty damn expensive’ coming here, he would be back in April – I’d definitely recommend you go and check him out!
After around 20 minutes to reset the stage, the room came alive to a solid bass beat that you could feel ripple right through you, and Aaron Watson sprung onto stage with ‘Freight Train’, accompanied with his four-piece band consisting of lead guitar, bass guitar, fiddle and drums. From the minute he started to sing, the energy in the room was alight! He connected with the crowd straight away, and made us feel like we were in his front room. In spite of his crazy day, due to the van breaking down, and having to borrow all their instruments, the whole band just had a great time, and it came across to everyone in the room. He had us all laughing, with his new word….“rubbish”….which he managed to get in conversation at every opportunity! Telling us the history behind his songs before performing them, gave us a real insight into the genuinely humble guy he appears to be. With their borrowed instruments breaking strings left, right and centre, he had the opportunity to let his band “show off” individually as he introduced them. The fiddle player was particularly impressive (and originally from Cambridge, although now living in Texas), firstly playing behind his back, then stooping down to the front row and giving audience members the bow to hold whilst he played the fiddle on the bow – just another great touch that made this show so personal. With Aaron being the first Independent Artist to have a Number One record on the Billboard Chart, he encouraged everyone, saying “if you have a dream, you’ve just got to go out there and chase it – and if you want it bad enough, you’ll get it”. He also promised us that the UK is going to be on their regular tour schedule from now on, and thanked us for making him and the band feel right at home. Then much to our delight, the band played out with the Top Gear theme as he left the stage.
After each set, all three artists came into the crowd to meet and greet, and have photos taken. Genuinely warm guys! And I think I’m not the only one to realise Aaron Watson gives the squeeziest hugs!
Definitely make sure you catch these guys when they come back to our shores – you won’t be disappointed!
Home Free Kings Place London 30th Jan 2016
I like many, have watched the progress of Home Free on YouTube and loved what they do, so when I heard they were playing at the A Capella Festival in London I was keen to go and see them. I’ve not actually seen a group like this live before so was not sure what to expect. The Venue, King’s Hall was a beautiful theatre with fantastic acoustics and having never been there before I was very impressed. Read more... “Home Free Gig Review – London”