Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT – July 25, 2018

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT – July 25, 2018

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band rocked the College Street music hall as the second half of a night of great music that was shared with Beth Hart who performed first and also had a fanastic set. The two bands paired up in one night was outstanding.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Noah Hunt, who have written and recorded together for over 20 years, were completely in sync and gave the crowd a blazing set of blues twinged rock. With Shepherd on guitar and the occasional vocal he shared the stage with Hunt who sang the majority of the songs. Being together for so long they have their stage presence down to a science. Hunt sings and then steps back and Shepherd takes over with sizzling guitar solos and then Hunt steps in with the rest of the vocal. It’s a mix that completely works.
Shepherd who got his desire for the guitar from listening to greats like Stevie Ray Vaughn at a young age is now one of the best blues guitarists out there. He shreds his guitar and takes the audience on the trip with him. His hands move so adeptly and quickly note to note some of the time it’s hard to take it in how fast he moves, but it sounds fantastic. One of his guitars was so well used there is hardly any finish left on the front.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd holds the record for the longest-running album on the Billboard Blues Charts. Shepherd captivated the audience with his fast and mesmerizing blues/rock licks.
Known for his 1995 is release of his Platinum winning “Ledbetter Heights” which he recorded at the young age of 18. He and the band performed songs from that album that went back to his roots.
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, consisting of Kenny Waye Shepherd – lead guitar and vocals, Noah Hunt – vocals, Kevin McCormick – bass, Chris Layton – drums and Joe Krown – keyboards.
If your a fan of blues guitar or just plain great guitar playing The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is definitely one band to see. They sounded great and had the house on their feet more than once. If you haven’t seen them yet they are on the must see list.
https://www.kennywayneshepherd.net
Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris
Setlist:
Never Lookin’ Back
Ride of Your Life
True Lies
The House Is Rockin’ (Stevie Ray Vaughan cover)
Hard Lesson Learned
Baby Got Gone
Down for Love
Heat of the Sun
Talk to Me Baby (Elmore James cover)
Deja Voodoo
Born With a Broken Heart
Diamonds & Gold
You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now (B.B. King cover)
Encore:
Blue on Black
Voodoo Child

Jessie Colin Young Band – Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center – August 2, 2018

Jesse Colin Young

 Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
August 2, 2018

Jesse Colin Young and his band of young performers including his son gave the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center aka “The Kate” audience a wonderful performance. The sold out theater was welcoming of the group and the beautifully intimate venue with only 250 seats lends itself to a warm interaction of audience and performers.
Young is one of those artists from the 60’s era of music who had two choices. One is to go out and tour resting on the laurels of well known often performed hits that many audiences come to expect. The second option, which is the one Young has chosen, is to surround yourself with a young band with fresh ideas and expectations. When that option is chosen the opportunities for new sounds and updated concerts are endless.
He chose an option allowing him to get creative and write new songs that include the sounds of his eight member band. The songs he now pens include compositions with music for the regular guitar, bass and acoustic guitar along with saxophone and backup singers. His songs now have a wider range and vision. An added bonus is that his voice sounds better than ever and he hit the highest hardest to reach notes with ease and clarity and a new breath of life.
There are those in the audience who will always request and expect the older standards that Young is known for in his past. He obliges them with a few of those but doesn’t fill the entire show with older songs. He showcases his new songs to a receptive audience and judging by the reaction of the crowd he is successful at this arrangement.
The concert is separated into two acts. The first act was Young onstage solo with an acoustic guitar for five songs. After a short intermission he returns with the full band and they pump up the tempo and the sound.
His band consists of Jesse Colin Young – Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar, Virginia Garcia Alves – Backup Vocals, Sally Stempler – Backup Vocals, Aleif Hamdan – Lead Guitar, Jack Sheehan – Saxophone, Tristan Young – Bass, Jenn Hwan Wong – Keyboard and Donnie Hogue – Drums.
They have a  new coming out on BMG on November 6th and it’s called DREAMERS. It was recorded in Nashville TN in March at Sound Emporium Studio A and Oceanway Studios and produced by Colin Linden. The release will be on election day of all days. Kind of an ironic date considering he was first singing and playing during the turbulent times of the Vietnam War with all of the protests and political involvement by the young men and women. Many of those of that age who his audience in the 60’s still are today. But, politics are ever present and times they are always changing and it happens the release comes at a time when there is another intense focus on government and politics. Coincidence? Planned that way? Who knows but it memorable day for an album release nonetheless.
The Jessie Colin Young Band has been performing together for a couple of years now and what started out as a fledgeling group joining the more experienced Young has now gotten their feet firmly on the ground. They put on a solid and very entertaining show and their abilities shined clearly in every song. Though Young is the leader of the band the entire ensemble has gained so much confidence since I last saw them and it clearly shows. I would see this band again without hesitation. If you get the chance do take in Jessie Colin Young live do so you will be happy you did.
http://www.jessecolinyoung.com
Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris
JCY Solo Setlist:
Sugarbabe
Songbird
Four in the Morning
Lyme Life- new song
Sunlight
JCY Band Setlist:
Ridgetop
Ride The Wind
Here Comes The Night – New song
Walk The Talk – New song
Cast A Stone – New song
What’s Goin’ On/Mercy Me
For My Sisters – New song
Before You Came
Sanctuary
Darkness, Darkness
Lightshine
Get Together

ENCORE-

T-Bone Shuffle

Beth Hart – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT – July 25, 2018

Beth Hart

College Street Music Hall
New Haven, CT
July 25, 2018

The College Street Music Hall outdid themselves when they invited in an amazing duo of acts. Beth Hart and Kenny Wayne Shepherd gave the audience a memorable night of the blues and fantastic guitar that meshed perfectly on the same night.
Beth Hart opened the night up with her solid blues number “Tell Her You Belong To Me.” This is my second time seeing Hart and she gets better each time. This theater an intimate venue seating only two thousand people and she said her and the band loved it and felt so relaxed there. which was obvious by her comfortable banter with the audience.
The band accompanying Hart was Bill Ransom on drums, Bob Marinelli on bass, and her guitarist of 20 years, Jon Nichols all gave an excellent performance.
There are many female singers out there but I can honestly say Hart is my favorite. She fills each song with such feeling it’s palpable. Hart has the audience’s complete attention and gives her all with each song and it clearly shows. Many of her songs reflect a time in her life and some struggle she has lived through and come out the other side stronger. Both a talented singer and songwriter her feelings are conveyed in every song.
At one point she wanted to come down into the audience and sing but there was no way off the stage into the crowd so instead she sat on a box at the far end of the stage and sang. It didn’t matter where she was the audience soaked in every note.
When Hart performed the Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy song “Why Don’t You Do Right?” the song could as easily have been coming from a singer at a smoky club post WWII. She has such a dynamic voice that’s timeless and was made for the blues.
This Beth Hart concert is the best show I’ve seen this year. She is just as comfortable strutting across the stage belting out down and out blues as she is sitting at the piano singing a ballad to her mother brimming with emotion. She fills each song with such raw emotion and connects so easily with the audience. The audience showed their appreciation for her talent as they stood up more than once during the night and gave her a standing ovation. Hart is so genuinely appreciative and beamed at the applause.
The band really amped it up and proved their their versatility with the encore of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” The audience was clapping and cheering the entire band as Hart’s set ended with a bang. Hart is not just a blues star she is a full fledged rock star.

If you get the chance to see Beth Hart absolutely do it, you will not regret it. She is a truly genuine talent and so very down to earth with her well earned fame. If there is one concert to see this year make it Beth Hart.

http://www.bethhart.com

Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris
Setlist:
Tell Her You Belong to Me
Monkey Back
If I Tell You I Love You (Melody Gardot cover)
Baby Shot Me Down
Delicious Surprise
House of Sin
Spiders in My Bed
Love Is a Lie
Lay Your Hands on Me
I’ll Take Care of You (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover)
Why Don’t You Do Right? (Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy cover)
Waterfalls
Take It Easy on Me
Mama This One’s for You
Leave the Light On
Encore:
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)