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  • My Best of 2009

    8 jan. 2010, 9h45m

    1. Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
    Not the pastoral beauty of it's predecessor but this was a really solid album full of great songs. Yes, it's a bit predictable that it's my No 1 (me being a big fan) but according to my last.fm stats it's the album I listened to the most so there. Favourite track was Still

    2. Chuck Prophet- Let Freedom Ring!
    Rock record of the year and Chuck's best album, raw rock 'n' roll recorded in Mexico City during the Swine Flu epidemic. There's some absolute corkers on this disc,"Where the Hell is Henry?", "You and Me Baby (Holding On)" "American Man" and the closing track "Leave the Window Open" the best track written about living for the moment and "living this life before it's gone". Love Chuck, love this, brilliant album.

    3. Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
    What a great songwriter! This contains tunes of such poignancy it almost brings a tear to the eye. It's a stunning effort, a real joy to listen to. Utterly gorgeous songs such as "Dreams", "Beyond Love" "Cry" all interwoven with some wonderful melodies. I liked every track on what must be Slaid's best album?

    4. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
    An absolutely superb sonic experience from start to finish. It's a concept album based around a twisted fairy tale and an album that rocked but also soothed with a couple of excellent acoustic tracks. Has to be listened to in it's entirety, just superb.

    5. Sam Baker - cotton Last in the trilogy and three albums to treasure. Some of the most touching songs I've heard, so deep and meaningful. What a great artist. Provider of track of the year with the closing track Snow.

    6. The Low Anthem - Oh My God Charlie Darwin
    Possibly the breakthrough act of 2009, they were certainly wonderful live. This contains some wonderful songs with a wonderful sound. It will live long and be played for years to come. A gem of an album.

    7. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
    A cracking country stew of an album, heart-warming, thigh-slapping and uplifting....loved it too bits.

    8. Malcolm Holcombe - For The Mission Baby
    AS with Levon Helm another superb, real country album with plenty of meat on the bones. Another superb release from Mr Consistency who's consistently superb, loved it!

    9. Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions
    The soundtrack of this past summer, I remember sitting outside leaving the back door open and letting this album drift outside. Hypnotic and beautiful.

    10. Israel Nash Gripka - New York Town
    Great début album that surly promises more to come. Very Impressed and at the top of my 'must see live' list.

    They Also Served:

    11. Vanessa Peters & Ice Cream on Mondays -Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up
    So underated, such a good folk-pop album.
    12. Son Volt - American Central Dust
    Their best album this decade, great Americana.
    13. BettySoo - Heat Sin Water Skin
    Nice album, great discovery.
  • Eilen Jewell: Blowing Away the Summer Dust

    28 sept. 2009, 20h18m

    Fri 25 Sep – Eilen Jewell

    The evening after the evening before and back up to Brussels, or in this case the outskirts, under the church spire of St Elizabeth on a leafy square in Haren for the first gig of the new season at the blik. It was good to be back here after the summer recess. For the uninitiated here the Toogenblik occupies a few first floor rooms in a old red brick building that was at one time the parsonage. The actual room used for the gigs used to be the priest's bedroom. Now it's occupied by music appreciating beer drinkers and nice folks who give up their time to run the place, a selection of sinners and saints. There are cracks in the high ceilings and it's walls are festooned with old posters, black and white photographs, signed pictures and much music and beer related memorabilia and artefacts. It's old and a little shabby but there is an unbelievable warmth to the place and it's probably this country's best club venue. Anyway, that's enough info..

    It was a bit difficult this one as it was on the back of such a superb gig the night before that I sort of feared it would be difficult to get into Eilen's music. Had The Low Anthem temporarily dulled my pallet for anything else?

    I got to the venue a half hour before kick off to see a breakdown truck and folks working on the tour bus...oh dear! Turns out it had broken down and there was a bit of a behind the scenes panic going on to get something organised as the band had to leave for Paris after the gig. At about 10 past 9 Luc Geldof (no relation) stepped between the tables and onto the tiny stage to do what are becoming his legendary introductions as he introduces the artists and do a few parish notices. Trying to do this in three languages sometimes results in a linguistic gaffe or a funny remark with the artist looking a bit perplexed behind him and the audience guffawing with laughter and tonight was no exception. Then Eilen stepped up to mic, slung her guitar over her shoulder and played this..




    Not being too familiar with her stuff the first thing I noticed was that this was a class act, she's got a great bluesy voice and the guys in the band were just excellent players especially Stetson wearing Gerry Miller on guitar, he played some excellent licks. In all honesty it did take me a while to really get into it fully as not only was the last gig still buzzing but I was stuck at the back as the place was full. There then followed a selection of songs from her three albums with Sea Of Tears (love that title track) in the prominent role prompting my neighbour to borrow my CDs at regular intervals to check the track names and also prompting brisk business on the table out in the hall. We also had couple of cracking traditional numbers from The Sacred Shakers, her country gospel band plus we had a couple of covers, "I'm Gonna Dress in Black" (THEM)and "Ain't Nobody's business" (Billy Holiday) and the Toogenblik was really brought to the boil with the old Johnny Kidd and the Pirates hit Shakin' All Over with folks whoopin' and whistling in appreciation....this was great stuff, I was totally won over!

    This was an absolutely superb gig with folks giving the group a standing ovation at the end and it certainly managed to loosen some dust that had settled over the summer on the fixtures and fittings at this superb little venue. There's more nicely filmed video footage from this gig (almost the whole two sets) available on youtube.
  • The Low Anthem, a Magical Mix @ the AB.

    28 sept. 2009, 18h56m

    Thu 24 Sep – The Low Anthem, Marcisz

    I'd been looking forward to this one. I'd bought the Nonsuch release of Oh My God, Charlie Darwin from the band's website a few months previous and loved it, this could be something special..

    This lived up to expectations and more. In fact I was expecting something rather good as I'd seen a couple of postings elsewhere on their appearance at the End of the Road Festival in the UK a few days previous.

    These guys were an absolute revelation, sublime. It was a magical mix of some beautiful songs, Ben Knox Miller's superb voice interwoven with harmonica, that lovely clarinet played by Jocie Adams and superb stand up bass and pump organ played by Jeffrey Prystowsky. It just hit that certain spot every time. The band even changed instruments and we even had a magical moment when Ben used two mobile phones on loudspeaker to produce some lovely bird like sounds.....wow, that's rather cleaver! We had introspective songs and louder bluesy stuff which gave a nice variation to their set. In fact the songs, played live really came to life and not just the stand out tracks. Songs like "Senorita" , "Ticket Taker" and "To the Ghosts Who Write History Books" just sounded utterly wonderful and spun a spell over the hushed sell out audience. We even had a couple of numbers when the band was expanded to a foursome with the introduction of "our friend Dan" (former band member Dan Lefkowitz) on organ and violin. Towards the end of the gig someone opened a door at the back of the room and in came a cacophony of sound from a loud gig downstairs in the main hall. I suddenly felt some pity for those down there as here upstairs we were the lucky few who were witnessing something profoundly magical.

    A great gig, one of the best of the year. I'll certainly be seeing these guys again when they return to Antwerp in November for the Crossing Borders Festival.

    If you get a chance, go and see these guys as they're brilliant.
  • Sunlight Through Old Windows: Rachel & Zak @ the blik

    4 juin 2009, 20h36m

    Fri 29 May – Rachel Harrington


    Picture Michel Preumont

    This was an absolutely fantastic evening, top class music from both artists and top class entertainment thrown in. A great turnout with all tables taken and standing room only at the back.

    The days are now drawing out and it was rather unusual to be at the Toogenblik and still see sunlight streaming in through the windows when Rachel Harrington and Zak Borden took to the stage at just after 9pm. After the multi-lingual introduction from Mr Toogenblik Luc, Rachel started off appropriately with "Sunshine Girl" and then "Shoeless Joe" introduced as a song about Baseball to which one joker (there's always one!) replied "What's Baseball?". Zak then replied "Ok it's about football"...cue guffaws of laughter from the audience and the tone was set for a night of hilarity as well as superb Americana folk. During the first part of her set a rather nice thing happened. As it was still light outside and the windows were slightly open you could hear children playing in the small park behind the venue and their shouts and squeals instead of disturbing, seemed to enhance the music somehow. Zak took the reins and the guitar for some of his songs including a Flat and Scruggs number, I just loved his playing and his sense of humour. Rachel, who had by now really loosened up remarked that they'd found out what Zak's name means translated into Dutch...."A bag of plates" more hilarity and a wonderful raport with this great audience and this gig was already on it's way to being another great night at the Toogenblik. Towards the end of this first set Rachel included a cover of Laura Veirs' (of whom I'm a big fan) 'Up The River' which I thought was just superb and the highlight of the first set for me. Time for a beer and a signing and chat with the artist.

    The second set got under way and it was dark outside which gave it a more intimate feel. The highlight for me (and others) was "Under The Big Top", beautiful melody and although not lyrically intricate it's just a wonderful song. Some really nice stuff from Zak too, he played a Hank Williams cover and talked of his love of Bluegrass, what a superb fella.

    In fact these guys were a superb duo who complimented each other perfectly. Zak Borden filled in most of the tuning breaks (as Rachel admitted she found it hard to talk and tune at the same time) with some superb humour. The reoccurring theme of Zak's mirth throughout was that Rachel had no CDs for sale as her shipment had been held up by customs. Whereas Zak had some of his own CDs for sale. This lead to some moments of sheer hilarity with Zak mentioning "I have CDs for sale" at every opportunity and also saying that "we'd like to think that we're passionate about our music, but really it's marketing and sales". At the end, Rachel, obviously very pleased with this gig thanked the venue for putting on the show and particularly thanked the sound man to which there was an applause and roars of "Willy" for the popular sound man and charity worker. Zak then said something funny about his name to which Willy then retorted from the back "I have Willies for sale" to which the place almost fell apart laughing, a wonderful moment that summed up perfectly the warmth of the evening. Rachel finished off the set with a superb, gutsy cover of Ode To Billy Joe. There then followed two encore numbers and and an extra Patsy Cline number as the pair were pushed back onto the stage by Mr Luc. Let's hope we see them back again as this was another memorable night at this superb little venue. One of the gigs of the year so far.
  • A Gig Too Far

    25 mai 2009, 14h12m

    Sun 24 May – Great Lake Swimmers, Phosphorescent, The Drones



    My Great Lake Swimmers three gig adventure (after Gent Vooruit and the Brussels gig) ended in disappointment tonight, a rather strange gig in Le Grand Mix. For a start I was not sure of the start time, the venue's website just stated 18h, which I thought was 'doors' as opposed to the first set. No further info on their site was forthcoming and no reply to my email enquiry. Also the order of play was not clearly stated. Judging by the website banner with the Swimmers pic on it and the other pre-gig publicity I'd surmised that Aussie rockers The Drones would kick of the evening followed by Phosphorescent and then the Great Lake Swimmers as top of the bill.

    Got there just after 7pm, cool looking venue, large stage and a bar at the back serving good Belgian beer (Bavik and Petrus...not Stella) but a bit cavernous. Trouble is I'd got there too late and Phosphorescent were at the tail end of their set, oh damn and blast it! I was so looking forward to seeing them as I'd passed over their gig in Brugge a couple of weeks ago and the they sounded damn good. Then to my surprise Great Lake Swimmers started setting up their gear...

    At 7:45pm the GLS started their set which seemed to be over in a flash. What was played sounded fine and Tony Dekker was his usual polite self and the group got a good response from the audience. But all we got were 11 songs, no Tony Dekker solo spot, no encore and no meet and greet. The band packed away their gear in double quick time and did not emerge from backstage for the remainder of the gig. Certainly in contrast to the earlier Belgian gigs there was a certain spark missing, something wrong.

    People started to drift away and by the time The Drones came on the punter population was looking a bit sparse, I went for a walk and returned for the rest of their set and hung around awhile afterwards but started to feel like Johnny no mates or at worse a sad obsessive fan so I sauntered off to the car sometime after ten. What a strange evening.

    Back to more familiar surroundings this week, some company and only ONE ACT on the bill.
  • Great Lake Swimmers @ Les Nuits Botanique (English)

    18 mai 2009, 16h03m

    Sat 16 May – Les Nuits Botanique 2009

    A fine evening it was but boy was I tired Sunday! This was the last evening of "Les Nuits de Botanique" an annual fortnightly showcase festival which takes place at the Botanique and it's larger venue the Cirque Royal. In fact the place was heaving with folk with concerts taking place simultaneously in the Rotunda, a large tent outside in the gardens, and the largest stage in the Botanique the Orangerie where tonight's Great Lake Swimmers gig was, needless to say there was a great atmosphere around the place. Bit of a shame that I got there a little late so there was no time to soak up said atmos, just grab a quick beer and head for the hall.

    First on and already into her solo set was Sharon Van Etten who despite having a local sounding surname is from New Jersey originally but now based in Brooklyn. A nice lady with a really nice voice who whilst not being the greatest guitarist had no trouble hitting the high notes while strumming her Gibson semi-acoustic (which did have a nice tone). Some nice tunes that went down well with the folks who'd bothered to get in and listen. She'll be supporting the GLS on their UK dates.

    Next up were Brooklyn trio Akron/Family, described as avant-folk/rockers, a sort of psychedelic folk/rock jam band. They were the surprise act of the evening. I think they had around 45 mins to an hour in which time they never let up for a second. It was loud, rhythmic, and sometimes there was just a cacophony of sound. But even though this was really not my cup of darjeeling there was just an intensity that kicked my middle aged ass from here to next week. At one point Erik Arnesen from the Swimmers appeared on-stage with them playing banjo into the mix. These guys went down well, a good set..

    Next up; Up and coming Canadian band The Acorn who I thought may have be more to my taste as I'd heard one of their tracks here on last.fm radio and liked it. To be honest it did little for me this set. There was plenty of good musicianship on show from this six piece but nothing that really grabbed me by the lapels, maybe if I'd been more familiar with their music I might have enjoyed it more. I'm more than willing to give them a second chance. The thing is I'm 49 and as with the Gent gig last time out I was fighting back the yawns and feeling my age....I hate getting old!! Towards the end of their set I glanced again at my watch and it was 10 to 11 and nearly three hours of standing was beginning to take it's toll.

    At last at 11:10 or thereabouts the hall was full with a couple of hundred and Great Lake Swimmers started their set. And, as with the previous gig I forgot about the tiredness and the aches and just lapped up the music. I'd also broken with my usual habit of standing right at the front and decided to stand back a bit which gave me a far better listen. This was another superb performance, especially from Tony Dekker. The rather shy and nervous man of a couple of years ago looks so comfortable and confident these days and from where I was standing he was vocally superb, just perfect. If I had one (or two) quibbles it would be that Erik Arnesen's banjo was not clearly audible during his tour de force "The Chorus in the Underground" and that the mandolin in the studio version of "Pulling on a Line" was missing in the live version and did leave a hole. But no real complaints, this was just superb stuff from beginning to end. If I had one track that really jumped out at me it was Still from the new album which I thought sounded fabulous. The icing on this particular live cake was Sharon Van Etten joining the group on-stage together on harmony backing vocals with Julie Fader for the Neil Young "Harvest" cover which went down a storm and finished the gig at quarter past midnight. Great audience too, very quiet but hugely appreciative. Superb gig!

    The Great Lake Swimmers are now off to the UK but I'll see them again next Sunday in Tourcoing together with Phosphorescent who I'm looking forward to seeing.

    Here's what I remember from the setlist, feel free to correct me....

    I Saw You in the Wild
    Changing Colours
    Palmistry
    Still
    Moving Pictures Silent Films
    The Chorus in the Underground
    Concrete Heart*
    There Is a Light*
    Your Rocky Spine
    Everything Is Moving so Fast
    Bodies and Minds
    Pulling On a Line
    Song for the Angels
    ___________________

    I Am Part of a Large Family
    Harvest (Neil Young cover)

    *Tony Dekker solo
  • Vanessa Peters, a blast @ the blik

    15 mars 2009, 0h35m

    Fri 13 Mar – Vanessa Peters

    Friday the 13th, unlucky for some but certainly not for this correspondent as this was a superb gig, just wonderful.

    Life is full of pleasant surprises for those who go looking for them... Until a few weeks ago I'd never heard of this artist until her name appeared on the venue's website. In fact I wasn't planning to go to this concert until, this week while doing some on-line research and seeing the plaudits for her new album 'Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up' (Little Sandwich music) I decided to take a chance and go.

    Vanessa Peters, voted in the top ten of Austin folk artists a couple of years ago, hails from Austin but is also based in Italy some of the time. This comes from her time spent in Tuscany as an exchange student, and is very cued up on all things Italian. Her backing musicians with the exception of her Dutch bass, mandolin and violin player Alex Akela are Italian. I think you could describe her musical style as a more folky Laura Veirs meets Aimee Mann. While Aimee Mann's musical prowess seems be to slowly diminishing (to my ears) Vanessa's seems to be firmly on the rise and judging by this new album there's plenty more to come, it's a superb listen.

    Now let's get one thing out of the way first, Vanessa Peters is not one of the greatest vocalists around at the moment, but having said that she's certainly not the worst. But this did not matter one jot as this slight lack of vocal power is more than made up in the tight and solid feel she and her band display, some really great tunes, her bright and breezy personality and her all round amiability. As soon as she took to the stage I knew I would like her, it's just that she and the band had that certain je ne sais quoi, that I just knew they would sound good. Thus the feelgood factor was almost off the Richter scale and well and truly present even though a lot of folks had decided to stay away.

    We had two sets of great music with the new album receiving the most prominence with songs such as the superb "The War", "Medals" and "Drowning in Amsterdam" to name but three. What really knocked me over was the superb musicianship on show from both guys backing her, really of the highest order. Manuel Schicchi's guitar work in particular was just superb. The evening came to an end at 11:45 with a tremendous sing song to "Can't Help Falling in Love" which everybody joined in to (believe me, a rarity here in Belgium). It was the last of three superb covers. The others were two cracking versions of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe". I got such a tremendous buzz from this, it was a cracking evenings music.

    Vanessa Peters & Ice Cream on Mondays, FULLY recommended.

    Now to the video section! Here's two, the Tim Hardin cover "Reason to Believe". Don't ask how I got this good quality so close. I was fiddling with the camera between numbers and suddenly decided to film this and couldn't zoom away but decided to carry on...pure fumbling amateurism! I'll have to study the manual more. I'm really pleased with this though!





    And here's "Drowning in Amsterdam" written in an Amsterdam café while on tour, during a week of filthy weather.



    From the new album the lovely "Medals"



    And finally the superb version of "Jolene". Vanessa remarked that after being used to their version for so long they listened to the original version for the first time in a long time in the car driving up and Dolly sounded like she'd been sucking helium!!

  • Holcombe back at the blik

    18 fév. 2009, 19h11m

    Fri 6 Feb – Malcolm Holcombe


    Photo Blowfish (rootstime.be)

    I went to see Malcolm Holcombe at the Toogenblik last April. But due to one thing and another this was the first time I'd been back to the venue since.

    I got to the Toogenblik early, as I wanted to film a few numbers and wanted a good seat. As the venue started to fill Malcolm came from dinner in the back room for a sound check. Despite it being stiflingly hot inside he appeared with his usual brown leather coat and a woolly hat on!! We then had an impromptu song and Malcolm announced "this was just a sound check ladies and gentleman, I'll be back soon"

    This rugged, dishevelled troubadour put on a superb show. We had two sets from 9pm till around 11:20pm with a half hour intermission. Both Gamblin' House and Not Forgotten were well served plus we had a new song 'For The Mission Baby' which certainly met with my approval, a superb number and good to hear there is work in progress. You just cannot help warming to Holcombe, the guy looks like he's weathered a few storms and is in need of some male grooming. But if you can see past that there is something so heart-warming and honest about this man and his music. The stories, his playing and the intensity, especially in the second set went down a storm to a near full room. The only thing that was missing was the element of surprise, of discovering something special which I had last year.

    I really hope to see Malcolm Holcombe again at what is fast becoming Belgium's best Americana venue. A superb evening.

    Here's one of set of videos I shot. A great take of a great artist.

  • McMurtry on the front line

    1 fév. 2009, 17h19m

    Fri 30 Jan – James McMurtry



    I only recently got into James McMurtry (about 4 months ago) after listening to Just Us Kids and subsequently Childish Things. Gigs by American roots artists in Belgium seem to be at a low ebb lately so I just had to be at the 4AD club, Diksmuide for this one.

    From my point of view it had a bit of a strange feel this gig, not necessarily in a negative way. No disrespect to this fine venue or the inhabitants but Diksmiude is a quiet little place, nothing of any note goes on there. It's a small town steeped in agriculture, it's main claim to fame being that it was situated on the front line and was completely destroyed by artillery bombardment during WWI. In fact the venue is probably situated where the trenches were 90 or so years ago, even the rehearsal studios next door are clad in sandbags. So it seemed a bit strange seeing one of Americana music's heavy hitters on his debut European tour in such a quiet location, with about a 100 in attendance and with Ian McLagan in tow...you know, that geezer from The(Small)Faces!!

    James is a man of few words outside the songs, there were polite thank yous between numbers but very little introductions to the songs except for "We Can't Make It Here" ..."hopefully we won't need this song much longer". McMurtry just oozes a certain attitude and just looks the part with his trademark spectacles and hat. We had a pretty long set too at around an hour 50mins till ten to midnight. Personal highlights for me were the superb Hurricane Party and of coarse the aforementioned and monumental "We Can't Make It Here" No "Cheney's Toy" though but hey ho, a fantastic set of superb song material in my opinion.

    Also a really good set from support Jon Dee Graham a man of laconic humour who was quite funny between numbers. During an early acoustic number a phone rang, Graham stopped singing as asked "if they would like to get that, maybe it's the doctor"...apparently it was McLagan who had got lost in the town and someone was dispatched to pick him up. Shortly after he appeared from behind the curtain with the rest of the Heartless Bastards to accompany Graham for the last few songs and his set really came to life, terrific riffy material of only two or three chords but it really kicked ass...a good set!

    Got my stuff signed by James and had to wait awhile for Ian McLagan who signed my Faces (five guys) box set and other peoples LPs. He was polite, really chatty and down to earth, a terrific bloke. All in all a damn good evening.


    Feb 5th

    Just thought I would put this piece of video footage on-line of James McMurtry doing a solo spot of the superb song 'Ruby and Carlos'. I should be upgrading to better equipment this year so hopefully the quality of my vids will improve.

  • South San Gabriel & Centro-matic back @ the 4AD

    25 avr. 2008, 23h50m

    Thu 24 Apr – Centro-matic, South San Gabriel



    While at the Malcolm Holcombe gig last Friday I spoke to one of my Belgian acquaintances who was at the earlier Brussels SSG/Centro-matic gig at the AB which I couldn't get to. "How was it" I asked, "well, it's always good isn't it" was his reply. He couldn't be more right.

    I spent last evening over at the 4AD Muziekclub in rural Diksmuide. It's more or less a homecoming to the spiritual home of Centro-matic, South San Gabriel and Will Johnson in Belgium as they first played here back in August 2003 at the old cafe venue next to the town's railway station. They returned in Jan 2004 and Will last visited the old venue solo in December 2004. Shortly thereafter the 4AD moved to another location in the town and to a state of the art club venue (see pic) in a quiet residential area surrounded by small waterways and the River Ijzer at the back, it really is a lovely location at this time of year. Added to that the band have a close friendship with Patrick who runs the place so you can understand the close ties. I've been a fan since I first saw them back in November 2003 after hearing them on Bob Harris’s radio show.

    This was literally the best I've seen them play. Taste wise, I’ve swung more towards South San Gabriel of late plus I really love all two previous SSG albums but both sides won me over this evening. The South San Gabriel side of the gig kicked off with the beautiful opener of the new album "Emma Jane", my favourite "Glacial Slurs" followed and to this reviewers satisfaction the set also included 2 tracks "Smelling Medicinal" and "New Brookland" from the criminally underrated "Welcome, Convalescence" album. About 25 mins later they returned from the house next-door (band accommodation and chill area) as Centro-matic and played an absolute blinder starting with "Mighty Midshipman" with the set shifting into top gear with "Calling Thermatico". They played with so much vigour and intensity, clearly a band that looked and felt totally in form and enjoying it. The new album "Dual Hawks" was featured (I, The Kite, Quality Strange, Rat Patrol) but there were plenty of the more familiar tunes with the semi-classic "Love You Just the Same" being well serviced with as well as the opener we had "Argonne Limit Co", the the superb "Flashes and Cables".All in all a good set of tunes from Will Johnson's cavernous collection. I really must play more of his stuff and get better acquainted! The evening closed with the Centro-matic version of Lionel Ritchie’s "All Night Long". Believe it or not it's a superb rendition.



    This was a great evening for me personally as I count these people as my friends and spent a good hour and a half afterwards in their company. They're now off to Germany and Switzerland for two dates and then to Spain where they have a really strong following.

    My home slices, my favourite band and damn good people.

    Here's the video selection;
    1. South San Gabriel - When the Angels Will Put Out Their Lights
    2. Centro-matic - In Such Crooked Time
    3. Will Johnson (with Matt Pence) Starfighter #1479