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The Rock-itt : April 2010
Old Manly Boatshed After recently discovering Kate Lush's brilliant debut album, 'Don't wait too long' and quite familiar with her material, it was a great experience and pleasure to catch one of her live shows and hear Kate deliver these songs in the flesh which she did so beautifully and precisely . The Boatshed's atmospheric surroundings were the perfect setting for her energised, soulful and intimate performance which was well received. She opened with the strong, punchy 'I Think this is it' which was catchy, dynamic and featured great harmonies. Onstage Kate has a smooth, sultry presence backed by a powerful but warm voice which instantly captured the attention of the audience and set a high standard for the rest of the night. The band was solid and tight and complimented her perfectly both vocally and musically with a beautiful mix of sounds. Tony Boyd on drums was tasteful and dynamic on his beautifully tuned kit while bassist, Greg Griffiths pumped out smooth, melodic, bass lines with the occasional slap, snap and pop. Versatile guitarist Adrian Petlevanny served up a nice selection of tasty guitar pieces on his 'Tele' ranging from light picking and scratching to funky wah chops and leads and new keyboard player, Wes Harder did a great job gelling it all together with graceful, gospel organ rises, piano and funky keys. The sound, which was fat and clean and mixed to perfection also, deserves mention. 'Take me with you when you go' Slightly downhearted and very touching with smooth, chorousy bass lines, brushed but solid rhythm, subtle dynamics and Kate's amazing vocal range with big powerful highs that gave me chills. 'Priceless' was cool, loungey and jazzy, I absolutely love this song and expected it a little later in the night however the room was filling up very quickly and Kate's large fan base enjoyed this gem as much as I did, wherever it was placed, and there were plenty of great songs to follow like; 'Winding road' folky and brushed and refreshingly more upbeat than the CD, 'New Day' with it's beautiful melody & chord arrangements and subtle dynamics, delivered with so much feeling. 'Come on home to me' was strong, uplifting and sincere and featured plenty of Hammond organ and a big chorus. And made for her soulful voice, 'Standing on Shaky ground' was big, funky and laced with Wah guitar and keys. 'Knock on Wood', Eddie Floyd style also went down well as did new song 'Now that you're gone' Then catchy, award winning crowd pleaser 'Isabelle' brilliantly wrapped up the first set to a huge response. Returning to stage, Kate launched into another big set with the dynamic, well penned 'Still the one' then Sheryl Crow's 'All I want to do' which was punchy, precise and rarely heard these days followed by the inspiring and moving ballad 'Troubled minded man.' Bluesy Motown hit 'Baby I Love you' showcased Kate's formidable vocal talents with soulful highs that would rival Aretha, earning a big applause. 'Something so strong' by Crowded House followed which was flawless and also well received. Smooth R&B tune 'Feel the way I do' with it's syncopated rhythm and hints of jazz and soul was satisfying and hit the spot nicely, persued by 'Hard habit to break' raunchy guitar driven, rock n roll with just a dash of country which kept the heads nodding and toes tapping. Rockin, blues classic 'Further on up the road' by Eric Clapton was played well and an unexpected treat before bringing it all home with Bonnie Raitt's 'Something to talk about' and another favourite of mine 'Learning to fly' packed with energy and its strong rhythm and melody, ending the night on a high. Tonight's performance was outstanding with a storm of well crafted songs complimented by a great selection of covers, superbly delivered from the heart and soul which made this show a memorable experience. If you get a chance to see Kate Lush, either with her band or with the Motown show, get to a gig soon. "Exquisite, Exceptional". Checkout Kate's website for upcoming shows or listen and download the album on iTunes or Amazon.com