Hello again and after nearly 5 months of Lockdown I hope I still find you all well.
Last weeks streams started with a Garth Brooks special from The Rising when Chris and Chantelle took great delight in doing the songs of this American giant of Country. They took requests through the week and also picked some of their own favourite tacks and I especially loved their version of The River and they certainly did it justice.
DC Brown screened a repeat of his great videos taken at last year’s Acoustic Jam at Millport Country Festival. Featuring a host of the artists who had appeared at the festival, the Saturday night of the festival had ended with a fantastic session in the Maverick Acoustic Tent where Elaine Lennon had scheduled a rotation of artists to appear on the stage. Those taking part included Gasoline and Matches, Stevie O’Connor, Jade, Kezia Gill, Lars Pluto and Robbie Cavanagh along with Zoee and her band who provided most of the backing music. It was a fantastic night and was nice to see this repeated.
Tuesday saw regulars SaraBeth and Glenn Mitchell with their Tuesday Tunesday and another week of great tunes ensued. I love their music and the song Amazing Again ranks highly on my top tunes list from them. A surprise opening number for them even featured SaraBeth playing guitar and as promised for a number of weeks she also took a turn on the piano. Feeling a bit shy and worried about how she got on she wanted to hide at the side of the room, but Glen had other ideas when he moved the camera onto her. The American duo Dixie Jade streamed another lovely set of tunes and their harmonies are superb. Two songs stick in my mind Champagne Taste On A Beer Budget and their fun song No Way Jose and these seem to be requested frequently on their livestreams.
Alan West kept his Wednesday night hotseat in place featuring a lot of old-style country, much of his own music and covers from the likes of his great mate Steve Black. He also included a cover of George Straits The Chair. Alan always has some brilliant stories and it is also great to see the beer tree in action during his set. Elaine Lennon returned with her The Homebird Sessions Series 3 but owing to technical difficulties was unable to continue with the 1st show featuring the American singer songwriter Jesse Terry. This episode will take place at another date, but Elaine did return later on her own to give us a few songs from her ever-growing song list. Zoee had been teasing us all week with hints of a forthcoming release but again tech issues caused her to give up on the night. Nashville artists Lockeland as I have mentioned in previous reviews are fast growing into an act that seem to be well up the list of choices to appear on the Uk touring circuit and it is not hard to see why. Great lead vocals from Kyndon Oakes with support from Michael Boris on percussion and Mark Vikingstad on guitar and both on backing vocals. I definitely recommend taking a listen to these guys.
I had a quieter night on Thursday and only caught a quick glimpse of Geoff and Victoria of Tennessee Twin who were streaming as part of the Songbird Sessions, before I had the chance to catch Southern Halo live. Unfortunately, the weekly show featuring Jade Helliwell had to be cancelled due to other commitments but they had pre-recorded a show to air in their usual slot but Facebook were not playing the game and the show didn’t make the screens. The two sisters Natalia and Tinka of Southern Halo were joined by their regular band member Peter for a lively set of tunes and it was good to see Peter adding his lead guitar sound to the new material that up to now we had only heard from the two girls.
Friday had another great session from the man from Denny in Scotland Mr Scott Ashworth and he kept us entertained with his mix of originals and covers. Again, as I’ve said before Scott has some great tearjerker originals, but he can also serve up great renditions of the many covers he does. Friday night saw the 18th week of the Pour Me A Strong One Sessions from the remarkable Kezia Gill and the theme this time was Anything Goes. Well again it only goes to show the ability of this lady when she managed to perform anything from country and musical shows to Irish and pop tunes. The Friday Night Crew just keeps growing and the recognition for Kezia is thoroughly deserved along with the support given to her from her husband Lloyd over this nearly 5 months of streaming.
Katy Hurt returned on Saturday and along with Gab made short work of mastering the new equipment they have got and produced a great stream from their new setting. Nata and Tinka Morris (Southern Halo) were back on their own and a new song they have come up with them has been made in memory of their PawPaw (spelling). The song is called Dust On Your Wings and is a very emotional song which showed as they performed it. One other thing I picked up on from the girls is that they hinted very strongly of returning to our shores soon.
Sunday and finally for this week I really looked forward to the streams from today featuring Laura Oakes who as ever proved to be a superstar with her 70s theme. It is hoped that Laura will make an album with some of the songs she has featured during lockdown and she is another who I believe should have a bigger following. Now where do I start about my next stream. The Wandering Hearts managed to get together and as part of their Indiegogo campaign and merch sales held a ticketed livestream. Due to the present climate like many others their touring schedule has been taken away and their album release date has been delayed. In the meantime, Chess, Tara, and AJ along with guitarist Lee streamed from a friend’s garden and what a show they put on. When they appeared in Glasgow at the start of the year, they treated us to some of the new songs that might feature on the forthcoming album and one of the I instantly fell in love with. I Feel It Too is the song they started the set with so that was me on a high straight away. There were many of the new songs featured along with many of their much-loved older material. The sound was definitely enhanced with Lee’s guitar playing to accompany AJ on guitar and Chess on mandolin with Tara and Chess on percussion. Lockdown certainly hasn’t reduced their ability to sing as they produced a full hour and a half of songs and question answering. Their set finally ended with their usual favourite Devil. I am certainly looking forward to the album release and hopefully tour early next year. Lock down buddies featured a young lady from up in my area, Chloe Barbour and she is working hard on her own music and doing some sensational covers and along with her mum Diane singing some great stuff. Jessica Lynn treated us to another night of random requests, which she gave snippets of songs from Shania, ACDC, Lady Gaga, Heart and her own songs and ended my weekend of music on a great note.
As always keep safe until the next time.