Review Jodi Marino
It’s always a great time of year when Byron Bay’s famous Bluesfest is on, even for us down here in Melbourne. We are fortunate enough that often, the touring artists come down to give a small taste of the array of talent that comes together for the event.
And tonight we have talent by the truckload.
First up for the evening are an Australian alt/country/folk duo called Little Georgia. They are Ashleigh Mannix and Justin Carter, who launched Little Georgia at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2015.
In 2016 they returned to Tamworth to release their debut album BOOTLEG, which was recorded on a farm property in Portland Victoria.
As the pair come onto stage they have a laugh and a bit of banter about having just flown in, did some fine tuning of their guitars and then dived straight in.
From the moment they started, the chemistry and synergy they have washed over the whole room. Ashleigh’s voice so distinctive and strong that it just commands your attention. Sounding like a cross between Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton, and Janis Joplin her vocal range and strength was outstanding.
Their cover of HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN was simply stunning and rivaled, if not bettered, the version done by folk queen Joan Baez many moons ago.
With songs like CALIFORNIA and FORGET ME, it was clear that this duo was going to be a name to watch for in the future.
Although The Record Company were only formed in 2011, their rise has been rapid and with very good reason.
Their 2016 debut album, GIVE IT BACK TO YOU, was nominated for a Grammy Award and they have toured relentlessly, having supported the likes of Blackberry Smoke and John Mayer.
The three piece outfit that is THE RECORD COMPANY, consists of Chris Vos, Alex Stiff, and Marc Cazorla, hail from L.A and play blues rock with a distinctive edge.
As they enter the stage, Chris introduces themselves as ‘We are The Record Company and we play Rock n Roll“.
Leading straight into a song called ON THE MOVE, the now filled room all start to move, almost involuntarily. You simply cannot help but tap your foot and feel the groove.
Immediately you feel the bass vibrate through your soul and Chris’ harmonica skills are very finely tuned.
Having only one full album (and one 6 track ep) under their belt means the crowd is familiar with all the tracks played.
BABY I’M BROKEN, HARD DAY COMING DOWN and RITA MAE YOUNG are all played to perfection and winning over anyone in the venue who was not already a fan.
The best thing about this band is that whilst the essential elements of traditional blues are ever-present and easily recognizable, the mix with the rock undertones and the general composition makes their sound distinctive, somewhat unique, but altogether amazing and super appealing to anyone who is a lover of great music.
With a dozen strong setlist, it is easy to see the direction these guys are headed….straight up. The energy and feeling both put in and put out by them is nothing short of electric.
When you walk out of a show like this, being disappointed that it is over, you know what you have seen is something special.
I know that personally, I loved every minute of the performance and will be watching the rise of The Record Company.
I eagerly await their return, as they are one band this chick will be sure never to miss when they are in town.
Get yourself listening to them, you will not be disappointed.