Country to Country Festival 2017 Friday, March 10, 2017 All Bar One, O2 London It must be exhilarating for an up-and-coming country artist to get a coveted slot at Country to Country Festival (C2C). There was just one catch for the three bands who stepped up to the All Bar One stage on the opening night:…
“…countless other songs celebrated the obscure, the overlooked and delicious darkness. Brett’s deep vocals soared up to Union Chapel’s rafters, variously chased down by Rennie’s sweet harmonies and her auto harp, xylophone or ukulele…”
“Then, suddenly, a flash of red hair and smiles that could surely be seen for miles around. Right from the get go with Miss You Already, Rosie Jones and Zoë Nicol were note perfect – their harmonies warming the winter chill.”
“…In essence, the EP is a soundtrack for the displaced; a journey through conflict, escape, dislocation and bittersweet memories to ultimate acceptance…”
“Platt’s songs were full of nuance, pathos and historical perspective, with a delivery reminiscent of Jewel.”
“…his uncompromising, all-in style was somehow even more compelling at close quarters. As the temperature soared in The Islington’s back room, the sold-out crowd was treated to a performance masterclass. “
The “new, new, new, new songs” are smoky and bold. Different, to be sure. But that’s Emily Barker, the folk-pop-blues-soul-Americana-country-rock singer, for you. She’s never been one to rest on her laurels.
“…Self-described as “partial to pianos, guitars and good literature,” all of these made an appearance during the quirky, jazzy, funky, rocking set….”
Bury Me in Philly by Dave Hause Butch Walker has released many fine albums but has never quite captured the incredible intensity of his live shows. Dave Hause, who shares Walker’s proficiency with hooks, wordplay and performance, has nailed it on his third album. Bury Me in Philly opens with the confrontational, powerful track With You….
February 3, 2017 The Metropolitan, London What better way to reflect and encourage the growing popularity of country and Americana music in the UK than to have a monthly showcase? Two Ways Home have started something special, modelled after the songwriters rounds that help to make the live scene in Nashville so dynamic. Four acts…
“…It’s for late night drives and sleepless nights. Cross The Verge is an accomplished portrait of solitude; poetic and thoughtful rather than depressing…”
“Lonely Heart Reverb, which also opens the album, was simply breathtaking. It set the tone for a modest masterclass in what is possible simply with ethereal vocals, guitar and sensitive reverb…”