Steve Earle Live @ Colston Hall October 2015

Steve Earle - Colston Hall - Oct 2015_0073lSteve Earle
@ Colston Hall 14th October 2015

Tonight was the first of Steve Earle’s U.K tour and the buzz of excited anticipation flowed through the auditorium of Colston Hall. Introduced by Steve Earle, The Mastersons opened the evening with thirty minutes of classy country delivered by the talented husband and wife due Chris Masterson & Eleanor Whitmore, the harmonies were standout and the power of the vocals on sustained notes bought musical purity to the show. Eleanor’s vocals have a clarity of purpose and combines this with ferocious fiddling and tenor guitar accompaniment for Chris who leads on guitar. This was the perfect showcase for their current album Good Luck Charm and the title song was full of upbeat joie de vivre and then more serious tracks including Cautionary Tale, a modern theme full of country darkness as the digital age is explored. The Mastersons wowed the crowd making it feel like a Saturday night show rather than midweek and we loved the audience participation.

Steve Earle - Colston Hall - Oct 2015_0075lSteve Earle and the Dukes, the rhythm section of Kelly Looney on Bass and Will Rigby on drums have toured for many years with Steve this musical partnership was evident tonight as Chris Masterson & Eleanor Whitmore joined the band. This was a band that could bend and shape their musical prowess to the needs of the troubadour that is Steve Earle. The layering of sounds on every song was superb with a mix of instrumentation that varied throughout the show, Keyboards, Ukelele, Accordion, Mandolins, and glorious fiddle duets with Steve Earle on That All You Got and Baby’s Just As Mean As Me. Throughout the set every song had a drive and the interplay meant this was a band that wanted to play together and Steve Earle reflected this with lavish and deserved praise of their musicianship Eleanor’s vocals and her dexterity on an array of instruments and acknowledging the long-term commitment form the rhythm section.

Steve Earle - Colston Hall - Oct 2015_0106lHis latest studio album Terraplane is blues inspired and this shaped the show in Bristol tonight with many of the album tracks including the four opening numbers, the opening number Baby Baby Baby (Baby) was full of vim and vigour and then scattered throughout the show intermingling and working well with songs from throughout his career and appreciated by the majority of the people in the auditorium as they were long-time fans of Steve Earle’s work. The Texan shuffle number, Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now was glorious with a bluesy hill country feel and what an early number to have in the show. The tempo slowed down and Kelly’s double bass was replaced with electric with Steve the band joined in on My Old Friend The Blues, with Colston Hall listening with a collective joy. What a bluesman Steve is as he shared with the audience divorce, past indiscretions and climate change. Copperhead Road the perennial favourite was not part of the encore but in the body of the set being played and bought a rousing cheer. We saw Steve Earle electric with Go Go Boots that really got the hall excited with this fiery impudent number that rocked Colston Hall and then with acoustic on numbers such as CCKMP with the fiddling from Eleanor adding a haunting sob to the number that is a mantra to addiction.
The show was full of memorable moments the feet tapping Galway Girl and the addition of the accordion courtesy of Chris Park this was a jig that got collective feet tapping and if everyone was not sitting there would have been more up and dancing. Ending with King of The Blues and Hey Joe, the guitar interaction between Chris Masterson, who had delivered quality electric guitar throughout the show whether finger picking or slide and Steve Earle was electric the hall was alive and the musicians on stage were having fun as the interchanges became joyous and instinctive giving a fluidity to the live sound. Wow stand and cheering everyone wanted the music to go on and it did with an encore where the mandolins ruled from Eleanor and the man himself Steve Earle. We all await the next album and tour as the music goes from strength to strength and he delivers what we want to hear.

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His UK tour continues check out dates HERE

Full Look – For the Walk ON

Baby Baby Baby (Baby)
You’re The Best Lover That I Ever Had
Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now
Baby’s Just AS Mean As Me
Loves Gonna Blow My Way
My Old Friend The Blues
Guitar Town
Copperhead Road
Sparkle and Shine
I Thought You Should Know
The Galway Girl
Little Emperor
Acquainted With The Wind
South Nashville Blues
The Usual Time
That All You Got?
Go Go Boots Are Back
Better Off Alone
Tennessee Kid
King Of The Blues/Hey Joe


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