Darius Rucker Live + In Session with Bob Harris

A couple of weeks ago I got to see Darius Rucker at Shepherds Bush.  I loved Hootie when I was younger (which you can read a bit about here http://wp.me/p5oOZ3-z) and when Darius was announced as a Country 2 Country act for 2013 I started listening to his country music. I was so excited to be seeing him for a second time.

When Darius performs, he has this cute little wiggle and dance he does and a smile on his face. He looks so happy to be up their singing.  Now he always plays a couple of Hootie songs and at C2C he covered Family Tradition. That first time seeing him the UK fans weren’t really sure what to do in this song. But by this visit we all knew our parts and this is one of my favourite songs to sing along too.

Now my sister had googled the set list and as it neared the end my friend turned to me and said “No Wagon Wheel?” and I whispered “Encore!” The band left and came back on to this song, now the set list said the final song was Purple Rain, and Darius had ended his C2C set with this song.  As the opening bars started to play, I thought, this isn’t Purple Rain, it was Champagne Supernova, by Oasis! Now my sister and I were very much team Oasis in the whole Oasis vs Blur Battle of the Nineties, so we just SANG our hearts out! Apologies to those around us as we were SCREAMING! It was a brilliant end to an amazing gig!

Setlist

Radio
Heartbreak Road
This
Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It
Time
Pink Horses
Homegrown Honey
Southern State of Mind
Let Her Cry
Exodus
Alright
Shine
Family Tradition
Hold My Hand
It Won’t Be Like This For Long
Only Wanna Be With You
Come Back Song
East Bound and Down
True Believers
Encore
Wagon Wheel
Champagne Supernova

In Session with Bob Harris

While Darius was over he also did a session with Bob Harris, this was aired last night on Radio Two as part of Bob Harris Country.  He sang the latest single, Homegrown Honey, Radio and a song called What God Wants for Christmas. Bob hinted a new studio album at the start of 2015 and Darius talked about wanting to return to the UK as often as he can.  He wants to play The Royal Albert Hall and I’m sure a lot of Darius Fans what his too as well!

Listen to his session here (available till 2nd Jan 2015)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04q1fdq 

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The Band Perry

Almost a year ago, I saw The Band Perry at The Forum in London.  It was our second time seeing them.  The first time came about on a complete whim. I had been listening to Bob Harris Country and he played a couple of songs by the band and mentioned they were playing Koko in Camden the next week. One quick visit to itunes and I had their album and another quick visit to a ticket site and I had tickets to see them for me and mum. This was also the first time we saw John & Jacob too who have gone on to become another of our favourite Country Bands.

To non country music fans, The Band Perry are probably best known for the song ‘If I Die Young’ which was featured on a Glee episode in memory of Cory Monteith’s death last year.

The Band Perry do not disappoint live, they are high energy on stage. I remember seeing Kimberly Perry jumping around and I wished I was in the band. One of the best moments of is when they sing ‘ Fat Bottomed Girls’ by Queen. My Mum and I are very close, and maybe thats why the song ‘ A Mother Like Mine’ is also one of my favourites. The lyrics are beautiful and I know my  mum believes in me no matter what I am trying to do, just like the lyrics below say:

She’s the sky that holds the clouds
She’s the lady of the house
A blind believer in all I dare to be
There’s no safer place I’ve found
Than the shoulder of her white night gown
Oh I’ve got the best and the worst of her in me
I’d share her if I could

Oh the wars would all be over
‘Cause she’d raise us all as friends
And no one would ever wonder if somebody wanted them
We’d walk on grass that’s greener
And our cares would all be freer
If the world had a mother like mine

She’s our father’s one great love
She’s the one he wanted most
She’s the light in the window of the house I grew up in
She takes the midnight call
She’s the bravest of us all
And she sings in the garden that she let’s her hair down in

I’ve seen The Band Perry a total of 3 times now, the last time was at the C2C Festival at O2 in March of this year, where we were lucky enough to be second row.  I just hope they continue to visit the UK!

The Band Perry
The Band Perry

Not ready to make nice…

The Dixie Chicks, were one of the first Country groups I loved.  I wanted to play the fiddle & violin like Martie did.  I have every single album they’ve released and finally got to see them perform at C2C this year.  We had brought tickets one week after the 2013 gig, when no line up was announced. We just knew we needed to be there again.

There are some songs, that you just want to hear live and when the line up was released I had a moment of I am finally going to see them and PLEASE, sing ‘not ready to make nice’. They did not disappoint!

In 2003, the Dixie Chicks had spoken out against the war in Iraq and President Bush. There was a massive backlash, radio stations stopped playing their songs. The album that followed and this song was their chance to put their point across.

It’s fair to say I’m some times out spoken and a bit stubborn, so this is probably why this song resonates with me.

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waitingI’m through with doubt
There’s nothing left for me to figure out
I’ve paid a price
And I’ll keep paying

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I know you said
Can’t you just get over it
It turned my whole world around
And I kind of like it

I made my bed and I sleep like a baby
With no regrets and I don’t mind sayin’
It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her
Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger
And how in the world can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they’d write me a letter
Sayin’ that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

….

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waiting

 

2014…. finally

Finally, this year’s gigs

Sun 2nd Feb – Taylor Swift @02

Sun 2nd Mar – Eric Church @Shepherds Bush (for the second time)

Tues 4th Mar – Beyonce @02 (for the second time)

Sat 15th Mar – C2C Festival feat Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks & Zac Brown Band

Sun 16th Mar – C2C Festival feat Chris Young, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts & Brad Paisley

Wed 14th May – Barry Manilow @Wembley Arena

Wed 28th May – NKOTB @Hammersmith (third time)

Sun 8th Jun – One Direction @Wembley Stadium

Sun 6th July – Kasey Musgraves @Shepherds Bush (second time & John & Jacob support)

Sat 12th July – Eminem @Wembley Stadium

Mon 21st July – John & Jacob @The Borderline

Sun 12th October – Ed Sheeran @02 (for the second time)

Tues 18th Nov – Darius Rucker @Shepherds Bush

Plus still to come

Thurs 11th Dec – Professor Green @Roundhouse

2013

2013 I got gig happy again, 12 music gigs, and a trip to the darts!

Sat 16th Mar – C2C Festival feat Kristian Bush, Little Big Town, Vince Gill &Tim McGraw @02

Sun 17th Mar – C2C Festival feat Brantley Gilbert, Leann Rimes, Darius Rucker & Carrie Underwood @02

Sat 23rd Mar – The Script @02

Mon 8th Apr – Emeli Sande @Hammersmith

Wed 24th Apr – Eric Church @The Forum

Thurs 30th May – Alicia Keys @02

Sat 22nd May – The Killers @Wembley Arena

Tues 2nd July – Robbie Williams @02 (again, 5th time!)

Wed 18th Sept – Leann Rimes @Hammersmith

Fri 11th Oct – Jay-Z @O2

Sun 13th Oct – Kacey Musgraves @Shepherds Bush

Mon 2nd Dec – The Band Perry @The Forum