Friday October 11th saw the return to Glasgow of one of our adopted American artists Jess And The Bandits. The Classic Grand was the venue and the room we were in was below a Techno Disco night, so we had country and a little techno music mix at times.
Opening act for the night was someone I hadn’t seen for around 2 years and is a lady with an incredible voice, Deeanne Dexeter. Deeanne was accompanied on the stage by her partner Matt Carr on guitar and they served up a great helping of songs from Deeanne’s forthcoming ep and an old Dexeter number. There were a few people in the audience who had never heard Deeanne before and they were soon commenting how great she sounded. Deeanne has such a powerful voice which is so versatile going from ballad to bouncy from one song to the next, and I hope its not so long until I see her live again. I’m certainly looking forward to the release of her EP. We had a bit of fun having a chat later which is always great.
Next on stage was Katee Kross with only one of her Amberjax, Ross and with another great performance had us singing along. Katee starts recording her fourth album next week and one track from it that I particularly like that was in her set is “Diamonds In The Dust”. There is one song I’ve loved from Katee ever since I first heard her, and I was glad she had put “Hey There Mister” on her setlist last night. We even managed a wee bit of audience participation during “When You Say Nothing At All”. As I often say when I do reviews which involve Katee is that she gets better every time.
The headline act for the night was Jess And The Bandits and boy did she put on a great show. Apart from the odd water break and an introduction to the songs we were treated to a nonstop singing masterclass. Again, Jess is about to release a new album shortly and we had 5 songs that are due for this release and these were mixed with a few older songs from her repertoire. “The Kings Of Summer” had a few of the audience looking like they were ready to join the party. Jess has assembled quite a support in her backing band with a very British flavour and they compliment her well with their backing vocals and musicianship.
All in all, a great night of music which really had us gripped and wanting more.