Firstly, I would like to talk about the audience rather than the artists. It was incredibly refreshing to take part in a gig that consisted of people who are perfectly happy to just watch, dance and listen to what’s in front of them. I have seen this a few times in my travels and it seems to be, the talented musicians are the ones who bring the best crowds – it seems obvious now.
The support act came bundling onto stage – Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown. Tyler himself seems to be a musical prodigy. Picking up his first guitar at the age of 6, selling his bike at 11 to buy a shiny electric version. Playing live songs and touring with Eric Clapton before he finishing high school… Since then he and his band have opened for A Class acts such as Aerosmith, ACDC and Joe Bonamassa. You can see as Tyler plays were his influences lie… they’re blues at heart and boy, can they play.
No I mean it. There’s a ridiculous stereotype that the support acts are worth missing – thus why most people turn up at 9 to catch the main act. Obviously word had spread that these guys were insanely good, as the room was full to the brim with blues appreciation. Even as I was taking photos, I was struggling to not dance to the ridiculously good music. There was some Steepwater Band in there, fingers that moved like B.B or Clapton (obviously young Tyler picked up on some things when watching the King play on the road).
It was blues with a different twist – if I were to compare them to a modern band, it would likely be a bluesy Royal Blood – replace the very heavy moments with some light guitar solos. Wayside and Devil’s Keep were the highlights.
I can certainly say I’ll be the first to see them live again if they ever tour in the UK in the future.
Now, for the main act – The Cadillac Three. Three Texas lads that don’t just know how to play… they know how to drink and STILL play flawlessly. The audience were just eating out of their palms. They played the perfect mixture of hip slappers and foot tapers. It’s hard to believe they’ve only been in the mainstream since 2013 considering the immense passion in the room for them.
It was hot and heavy, and the boys did not disappoint. Just as I said for Tyler, I’m excited to see what the future brings them – A baby according to the singer as he saluted his wife in the audience.
Now, less talking. More pictures.