Saturday October 13th saw the day classed as “National Album Launch Day” and one Scottish resident that took this
date seriously was Katee Kross, who along with her band The Amberjax had a launch night for Katee’s 3rd Album
“BODY AND SOUL” at a packed out “Nice N Sleazy” on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.
The night started with introductions from “UK Country Show” presenter Scott Watson before a rousing acoustic set from Tommy McGuire the newest member of The Amberjax who was already booked to support Katee before joining the band. Tommy gave us a selection of his own music along with a magnificent cover of Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey”
2nd support slot was taken up by the little dynamite Irish singer and TV presenter Kerry Fearon along with Tommy and Ross Baron who both supplied the guitar backing for Kerry. Kerry did a couple of numbers which included her single “Storms Never Last”. This little lady sure packs a punch with her singing and certainly has a bouncy personality to keep the crowd going and I hope to catch her again when she returns to Scotland later this year.
Next to take the stage was Mick Hargan who with his guitar again supplied a great set of songs and a bit of banter thrown in. Mick has a few good stories to tell during his set and his Glasgow banter had us all in stitches. Struggling a wee bit with his busy schedule it needed a wee bit of Scottish medicinal recipe to soothe his sore throat and his final song was a duet with a little assistance from Andy McBride.
Now onto the main act of Katee Kross and the Amberjax with music form her back catalogue and some from the new album. The album is mostly self-penned songs and is a tremendous 11 tracks long album. My personal favourite which was hard to choose has to be “Heart Of Wood”
Katee’s set included a wee song for her mum which is called “Mama” and a track which they have dedicated on the track list of the new album to super fans Norm and Wendy Trousdale which is a lovely touch. On the night set list was a cover of Vince Gills “Reason For The Tears I Cry” with another cover “Brand New Key” where I’m waiting for the joker of the band Tommy burst into the Worzels version of “Combine Harvester”
I have to say all 11 tracks on the album are superb and if you get the chance I would recommend you give them a listen and even better why not try to see Katee live.