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The Fatherline & Gasoline & Matches Support Jessica Lynn @ Hare and Hounds, Birmingham.

The Fatherline opened the evening. The Fatherline is a new band, so new that this gig at the Hare & Hounds was only their 2nd outing. The lead singer, Tim PJ, is no stranger to the limelight though, who is formerly of the Wandering Hearts. Tim introduced the songs with a some humorous anecdotes.

Steven & Sally from Gasoline & Matches always put on a good show and this evening was no different. They played songs from their debut self-titled album including the single ‘Not into Country’. A crowd favourite but which never made it to their debut EP ‘Never Ever have I Ever’ more of a drinking song so a slightly different country song but that is what is so good about Gasoline & Matches, they are prepared to write songs which are different for Country music. They played a couple of brand new ones to be released later this year, one of which is called Smiling Viper, which has a darker theme, a mysterious sound to it, co-written with Jenn Bostic.

Jessica Lynn jumped into action on stage with her incredible band with a brilliantly energetic headline performance which was so infectious the audience couldn’t help but join in! Jessica has so much energy on stage she very rarely stayed still particularly with ‘Roadhouse which there was much audience participation.

They are a family band with her husband, Steve, on lead guitar, her parents Victoria and Pete Calamera also on backing vocals and bass guitar respectively, the drummer was the only band member who isn’t in actually family is Brian Duke, the drummer.

Bob Riedel plays the Pedal Steele normally and is arguably the real star of the show, in a part of the show he took Jessica’s guitar from her and played it himself during a cover of Chuck Berry’s, Johnny B Goode. Her cover of Queen’s ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ was a real crowd pleaser too!

Jessica played hits from her debut EP from 2016 as well as a number of covers including Dolly Parton’s '9-5'. A superb night!

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