Jumping Hot Club
15th April 2016
It had been a long hard week with my day job; culminating with me finishing work at 7.30; driving home, getting changed into my ‘gig clothes;’ having a cheese toastie for my evening meal then driving to Newcastle, arriving just as the delectable Chloe Chadwick (a blonde vision in black leather biker jacket and Lycra jeans was introducing a new song Don’t Be Shy; a slightly more Rootsy/Americana vibe than I had expected; but that was probably due to the inclusion of Mark Bushell’s sublime Dobro playing.
He stayed with that instrument for the next song, Wearing Hearts, too; which had Mrs. Magpie nudging me to say ‘she has a lovely voice.’ Although that is true; she had totally forgot that she saw Chloe last year at the SummerTyne Festival. (An age thing?)
Looking very comfortable in a duo format; Chloe then introduced her new single, Love Will Find a Way. Well; that title and the song itself sums up my attitude to live music; and I heartily recommend you seek it out; if tonight’s sparky duet was anything to go by.
After checking her watch; Chloe introduced the rather lovely Summertime Lovin’ as ‘being from her album; which will be out to coincide with a tour in July.’ Well an album isn’t before time from this young lady; and this song alongside the other new songs I presume; bode very well indeed for that release, when it comes.
Remembering that was in the future; and she still had copies of her current EP to sell; Chloe and Mark closed their set with the toe-tapping Settle Your Heart; from said disc; and within a blink of the eye a queue formed to buy them from the merch desk as Mark cleared the gear away.
Chloe Chadwick; remember the name.
By the time Sam Outlaw and Molly Jensen, fresh from appearing on National TV on Sunday morning, took to the stage the crowd had swelled to near enough 100 fans; who all seemed to have an excited twinkle in their eyes.
With a smile and a tip of his black Stetson; Outlaw started the evening with the beautiful It Might Kill Me from his debut album Angeleno; and with Molly Jenson providing the pedal-steel parts on her exotic looking acoustic guitar to compliment Sam’s sweet drawl; the scene was set for a very memorable night indeed.
The applause and whooping that greeted the final notes was as loud as I’ve heard at this club for a very long time.
Sam thanked the crowd; then introduced the next song by saying “bad relationships make the best Country songs; but I’m in a happy relationship, so my love songs are cheesy,’ and as the opening chords to the harmony drenched I Want To Love Her For a While filtered through the speakers there was a cheer of recognition.
Another long and loud round of applause followed; and again Ghost Town was immediately recognised; and I noted ‘most acts don’t have a song this good to use as an encore; and this was just track #3 tonight.’
Pretty much every song from Angeleno was performed tonight; with the title track itself being outstanding and my own personal favourite, the tongue in cheek Jesus Take Me Home was greeted with even louder whoops and whistles than earlier quite a few people even tried to sing along.
In a night full of great Country music; I reluctantly had to agree with Mrs. Magpie that her favourite song from Angeleno; Who Do You Think You Are? Was probably the ‘best in show’ as the couple’s harmonies were diamond encrusted and when Molly Jenson did a little dance half way through; my knees turned to jelly.
As Sam pointed out; the album was recorded a long, long time ago and he already has enough songs for a new album (cue more whooping and a’ Hollerin) we were treat to three brand new songs, the simple and beautiful Look At You Now, the bittersweet (with the emphasis on sweet) She’s Proving Hard To Get (Rid Of!!) and a contender for ‘song of the night’ I Won’t Stop (Until I Get You In My Arms) which appeared to be a whispered suggestion from an excited Ms. Jenson.
Aha; Molly Jenson. Tonight; and this UK tour was very much Sam Outlaw’s opportunity to shine in the sun; but Molly proved more than just a foil for the LA singer-songwriter; proving intricately skilful on her guitar and her voice…..swoon….her harmonies were delicious in the extreme; but when she was allowed a verse or two to herself; memories of George & Tammy and even Porter & Dolly sprang to mind; and I don’t say that just for effect.
As well as regaling us with his very own songs; Sam and Molly showed what great taste they have too, with the inclusion of two cover versions; the Flying Burritos’ Juanita and Ryan Adams’ Oh My Sweet Carolina which was the ‘I can’t believe it’s not an encore, encore,’ which came after the duo turned their back to the audience as we shouted ‘More’ with Molly Jenson even partially hiding beneath the back drop; as she pretended to leave the stage.
Honestly; this was ‘one of those nights’ that only come along every once in a very long time; and already people are asking the JHC when Sam Outlaw is coming back.
As the night progressed, I had a good look around the room and saw very few regular faces; and the age range was much younger than the JHC’s regular attendees; presumably most of those here had discovered Mr. Outlaw via these very pages. Do you think?).
Angeleno review https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/sam-outlaw-angeleno/
Photo Courtesy the legendary Juan Fitzgerald