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!!
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.