The Steel Woods - Live Review
September 5th 2019 Bush Hall London
September 5th saw the third night of The Steel Woods UK and European tour. They had played Glasgow and Manchester previously, and now were in London to play at the wonderful Bush Hall.
Doors were opening at 7:30pm and first up for the night was a musician from Nashville called Sam Lewis. Sam came onto the stage with acoustic in hand and proceeded to play a wonderful set comprising of eight tracks. Some of which can be found on the three albums released to date, including 'In My Dreams' from the self titled 2012 release, 'Virginia Avenue', 'Never Again' and 'Waiting On You' from the 2015 release 'Waiting On You' and 'Everything's Going To Be Different' from the 2018 'Loversity'. The other three tracks are not recorded yet but were very well received, these were 'What Does It Mean', 'The Light' and 'Neighbors' which has a wonderfully tongue in cheek chorus.
Sam Lewis certainly knows how to interact with an audience
and have them laughing at his anecdotes and joining in with
his music. A very talented and engaging performance, and
definitely one I will catch the next time he graces these shores.
'Everything's Going To Be Different'
'Waiting On You'
'What Does It Mean'
'In My Dreams'
Next up on stage was Austin Jenkes, who back in May released his debut album 'If You Grew Up Like I Did'. Austin, originally from Duvall near Seattle, but now resides in Nashville Tennessee, took to the stage again armed with just an acoustic, but he sat down in the middle of the stage on a chair and played a fantastic if all too short set consisting of eight songs. Five from his debut album including 'Bet You'd Look Good', 'If You'd Been Around', 'Fat Kid', 'American Nights' and 'Ride Away', and two covers from the likes of Patty Loveless and Fleetwood Mac. He also played another original called 'People Crazy' which is not on his debut album. Austin's voice is amazing and one of the purest voices I have ever heard. At one point he was telling the story of his father and how he lost him at 16, which was both honest and heart wrenching, before playing Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide', which definitely left a lump in the throat.
Amazing performance by an amazing musician. Hopefully
Austin will be back with full band in the future. Do not miss
the chance to see this guy live, you will not regret it.
'Bet You'd Look Good'
'If You'd Been Around'
'You Don't Even Know Who I Am'
It was time for the headliners to take to the stage, with full on cowboy hats and boots. This four piece from Nashville are on a UK and European tour at the moment and the anticipation from the crowd was building as the first chords were struck. The stage at Bush Hall is quite high and you can easily see the band even from the back of the venue, and the venue was pretty packed.
They played a set comprising of songs from their two albums 'Old News' and 'Straw In The Wind' as well as a few covers. The audience were lapping up every note, but for me there was something missing. It was a little flat for my liking, but maybe I am being over critical as the majority of the crowd loved every second. There is no doubt that these guys are wonderful musicians and are a very good band judging by the support they had.
All in all it was an excellent evening of class music from some
wonderful musicians. Those that attended went home happy
and I'm sure the two openers made many new fans from their
time on stage.
'Wild & Blue'
'All Of These Years'
'I'm Gonna Love You'
'Whatever It Means To You'
'Same Old Blues'
'Better In The Fall'
'Compared To A Soul'
'Hole In The Sky'
'Let The Rain Come Down'