Hello again from Chromedome towers for week 17 of my livestream lookbacks. As I said the last few weeks, with things slowly opening up the livestreams are slowly starting to diminish but the quality is still extremely high.
Monday was almost a day clear of streams as The Rising had taken the night off following their single launch night on the previous Friday. Kira Mac popped up with a surprise gig and as she always does, entertained us with a mix of originals and covers.
Tuesday morning had me entertained with the weekly stream from Two Ways Home. These guys are very chatty during their coffee session and always have a nice bit of banter along with their great songs. Robyn Taylor was rummaging through the great tracks in her repertoire and came up with a beauty I hadn’t heard for a long time, Lee Anne Rimes track Commitment and it was hard for me to stop myself from singing along ( well screeching along) when sitting on a Zoom call. Oh, how quick would that call have ended. SaraBeth and Glen Mitchell were as good as ever with their Tuesday Tunes day and they always come up with some belting songs. Late night entertainment for me on Tuesday came from Mr and Mrs Country music Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood from their studio G. Garth always has some great stories from gigs and tours over the years and it was interesting to hear that he has hardly ever sang the whole version of Friends In Low Places since the mid-90s. He just needs to strike the first few notes and then the fans sing it for him.
Wednesday was very quiet with just Alan West to entertain me and the song choices on his stream are very much old school but still great and done in Alans own way. Again, Alan provides a great history of the UK scene going back a few years and a lot of great names creep into the chat.
Thursday was the night of the usual top class showcase of music from Jade Helliwell and over the last few weeks she has been letting us hear a lot of her older material along with her new songs and covers. Luke Thomas always says he doesn’t know how to play some of the older tracks but being the musician, he is it’s not long before he picks up the tune.
Friday saw the last of the lockdown livestreams from Chloe Jones and again she gave a great rendition of her music. One young lady we just do not see enough of is Deeanne Dexeter, but she provided a brilliant night of music along with her guitarist Tom. Having just released her newest single 4AM it was great to see her hitting the top of the UK Country chart with it. I have always loved Deeanne’s voice and would love to hear more of her. Another I have not heard often through the lockdown is Frankie Davies and it was lovely to see and hear her live from Jersey. Seeing Frankie was a wee memory that this week I should have been heading across to Jersey myself on holiday this week. You know the weekend is upon us when the Pour Me A Strong One sessions come on and Kezia Gills theme of the week was Love. There seems to be no end to her memory of songs although she takes a good bit of time through the week to research the requests.
Saturday saw a nice set from Robbie Cavanagh and Demi Marriner along with Isi and Lewis from Two Ways Home. This was a great mix of music from them all and its great to see that its now possible to come together a little bit more with social distancing. Nashville Meets London in conjunction with The Royal Albert hall streamed an evening stream with Twinnie, Tenille Townes, The Cadillac Three and Michael Ray. Twinnie to me is fast becoming a very much sought-after musician and I just love her sound. Katee Kross along with Ross are another act that can always come up with some fantastic covers and this week’s classic was the Lynne Anderson hit Rose Garden’
Sunday saw the last in the present series of The Songs and Stories Collective. This week Donna Marie wasn’t feeling well enough to perform but was there to keep everyone in order and I hope she soon recovers. Sarah Yeo and Tennessee Twin both came in with their covers and originals to the theme of opposites and this week their special guest was Peter Donegan. There was a great banter between them all and Peter has some great songs also. Laura Oakes just makes my heart melt when she sings some of the ballads in her stream and this week was no exception as she filled her time with a movie’s week. Her cover of the (Dixie) Chicks song Ready To Run was great to hear and her cover of Shallow was absolutely brilliant. A Second stream of the week for me from Royal South over on Instagram was another great display from Glen and SaraBeth.
This weeks final comment must go to another but final UK Country Collective track with Tim Prottey Jones covering Florida Georgia Lines “H O L Y” along with Andy Brown ably supported with some great musicians and also a choir consisting of Deeanne Dexeter, Jade, Laura Oakes, Paris Georgia and Katy Hurt among others.
Again, please keep safe and enjoy your week until next time