John & Jacob, The Barfly – Camden

So the first music gig of the year was upon us.  Last night Mum & I headed into London to see John & Jacob play The Barfly in Camden.

This was the fourth time we were seeing John & Jacob.  We discovered them when they supported The Band Perry, then we saw them support Kacey Musgraves and then last year when they played their first headline gig at The Borderline.

Mum & I were waiting at the venue from about 6pm, doors opened at 7.  Twitter checks (aka Twitter Stalking) showed us that the band had done sound checks and they’d posted a picture of them outside the venue…. so I knew what they were wearing…. I jokingly said to Mum what would we do if they walked pasted and not 10 mins later they did infact stroll past the venue – spotted because I knew John was wearing a pink hoodie… So of course, I ran out of the venue, down the street after them for a picture!!

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The support band was a British country group called Holloway Road, they were really good and are also playing one of the C2C pop up stages.  I’d really recommend going to see them.

The venue was small so we’d gotten ourselves a nice spot by the edge of the stage. There didn’t appear to be any side entrance to the stage, so when the time came John & Jacob walked through the crowd to get onto the stage.

The setlist included some favourites, Ride with Me, Coming back for you, Done which they wrote for The Band Perry and many more. There were also 4 new songs! We knew from Twitter checks (aka stalking) and seeing them arrive that The Shires were also at the gig, so we did wonder if they might make a sneaky appearance on stage.  Finally they were invited on stage to sing Breaking the Law (one of my favourite songs) with John and Jacob… It’s really great to see British country music getting the exposure it deserves.

As we drew to the end of the gig, they played  ‘I’d go back’, a really beautiful love song. The song starts so low and quiet with Jacob singing, and the crowd hushed to listen to the song, and they all started to sing along. By the chorus we are all singing as loud as we could and this carried on through the rest of the song, as it ends John says to Jacob that gave me chills and they talk about how even when they play gigs in America, though don’t get that reaction of the crowd singing along to every word.

The gig ends with ‘Be my girl’ the song made famous by the TV show Nashville and again, its massively popular as we all sing along. I’m really grateful that John & Jacob continue to visit the UK, I just can’t wait for the day they play Shepherds Bush or C2C.  They really deserve that success and they seem to have the fan base

It was exciting to hear new music too, so now we just need to know when the next album will be out and when they will return to the UK.

John & Jacob
Tuning up!

John & Jacob

John & Jacob

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Finding a new favourite song

Whenever I get a new album, I usually start to listen in the car on my drive to work.  If the album has songs on it I already know then the first few listens are just flicking back and forwards to these songs.

After a few days, I start to listen from the first track, and let the album play…. mostly in the background and then suddenly a song you’ve never heard hits you and you have to listen again, and again…

With Taylor Swift 1989 that song on repeat was I Know Places, with Ed Sheeran X the song was Thinking out Loud,

This latest new album is a Zac Brown Band Live album, its not a new release, I stumbled across it when I was looking to see if their new single was on UK iTunes. I started my full album listen through on the drive to work this morning and it was song 9 that made me stop, listen and play the song on repeat… 4 times in total.

The lyrics are about a relationship and how a couple have to work together to make things work and if its always one way then it won’t. Its about give and take and not always having to be right.

But you’re not always right
(I’m not always wrong)
It’s not like I don’t try
This is where we belong

One way, everything’s gotta be your way
But darling, I’m on your side
Cause it’s one wheel, four hands
Two hearts trying to understand
How we’re gonna get there
When we’re both trying to drive

The song is called Trying to Drive.. its a duet and its beautiful, have a listen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QchAohQLfYI 

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

 

The Gig Gang

Maybe its about time I tell you a bit more about who I gig with

So if its a country gig, it’s me and my mum,  my parents are really the reason I love music so much. I’d walk home from school and as I turned into our road I would hear the music coming from our home that Mum was playing. Temptations, John Denver, Celine Dion, I grew up listening to most music. Dad more often than not would spend a Sunday afternoon listening to Queen, Elvis or Billy Fury through the headphones, but still loud enough that we could hear it anyway,

Country to Country Festival, C2C 2014
Mum & Me at C2C, 2nd Row

My other half Peter gets dragged to anything that’s pop music.  I say dragged, he never gets excited about a gig, but once we get there he always announces “That was the best gig ever!”

Eminem, Wembley
Peter, Lisa & Me, at Eminem

Then there is my sister, Lisa, she will honestly go to anything… One Direction, Dolly Parton, The Script.  She loves all kinds of music, so can often be counted on as my plus one.. and the purchaser of many of my tickets!

One Directon, Wembley Stadium, 2014
Lisa & Me at One Direction

The ultimate gig group is Me, Peter, Lisa and her husband Stewart, however there are no gig pictures of all of us as Stewart is either getting a pint or trying to find the loo….

V Festival
My Brother in Law Stewart

And then there are the people who I’ve become friends with through my love of country music, The Mitchell Family and The Webbs, seems the nicest people like country music.