Thanks to a very enjoyable trip to the Lake District I manage to miss both the double bill of Dave Rawlings Machine and Old Crow Medicine Show at the Irish Centre and The Felice Brothers at TJs, Woodhouse.
Never mind it’s September 26 and it’s Chatham County Line at the Brudenell Social Club, which more than compensates. They play a near perfect mix of Country/Bluegrass/Americana. They play standing in traditional style around one microphone stand , stepping forward to take their solos.
They’re touring in support of their fifth and latest album, Wildwood, so play a number of tracks from it, including the excellent title track, Alone In New York, Out Of The Running and Blue Jay Way. They also find space for tracks from their earlier releases and play two of my particular favourites from IV, The Carolinian and Birmingham Jail before ending with a fine version of The Travelling Wilbury‘s Handle With Care. After the show they’re happy to chat and sign CDs, all in all, a great night. If they come to your neighbourhood, don’t miss them.
Paul Heaton is always a treat so it’s off to The Leadmill in Sheffield to see him promote his new album, Acid Country. As ever the new songs have tremendous melodies with generally withering lyrics and Acid Country is well represented in the set list which comprises mainly tracks from that and it’s predecessor The Cross Eyed Rambler. There are five surprises – for the first time when I’ve seen him, he does four Housemartins’ songs; Build, We’re Not Deep, Flag Day and Me And The Farmer – and the opening song of the encore is a cracking version of White Man In The Hammersmith Palais. He’s still got it!