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OLI BROWN, O2 ABC2 Glasgow
by Noel Buckley
I have a new pet hate and that is venues that turn into discos,
Cinderella-like, at 11pm thus meaning early curfews for gigs.
Glasgow venues are usually bad for this phenomenon, but tonight's was
beyond a joke, which meant that I missed all of the support and only
just made it into the hall for Oli's set and the gig was over and done
I may have
still been picking a prime spot when Oli Brown and crew took to the
stage, but my attention was soon caught when they cranked into set
opener 'Thinking About Her'.
I had only
heard a couple of tracks from Mr Brown prior to tonight and his guitar
work on record sounded rather tasty, but watching the man live and at
close quarters is mesmerising.
is playing upbeat rocking blues or more laid back slow blues, his
playing is so soulful and heartfelt it would lead one to believe that he
has happened across the same crossroads once frequented by Robert
completed by drummer Wayne Procter and latest addition, bassist Scott
Barnes, are a very tight unit and highlights just kept coming throughout
tinged blues of 'Evil Soul' went down a storm as did the more
traditional blues of 'You Can Only Blame Yourself'. There was also a
cover of the Black Keys song 'Next Girl' which fitted in well.
that really sold Oli to me as the real deal was 'I Love You More Than
You'll Ever Know' from his forthcoming album 'Here I Am' which is a real
blues 'tour de force' and showcased Brown's exquisite playing, this was
classic blues at it's very best.
this he played 'Mr Wilson' which I took to be a homage to my good self,
although probably not, and the set was then finished off, again in
rocking style, with another new track 'Solid Ground'.
time though for one quick encore in the shape of 'No Diggity' from the
band's first album 'Heads I Win, Tails You Lose'. Oli decided to take a
stroll while playing this one, came off the stage and wandered through
the crowd, happy to pose for photo opportunities and never missed a note
in the process.
recently won a raft of gongs at the British Blues Awards and many
plaudits from his peers, the future looks bright for Oli Brown and on
the strength of tonight's performance I can do nothing but agree
whole-heartedly. Blues at its best.
photos by David Wilson
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