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2014-05-09 21.55.06

This Rockingbirds review didn’t make the cut for the June 2014 issue of Narc so here it is

The Rockingbirds – Stockton Green Room, May 9th

In a recent Narc interview, Rockingbirds frontman Alan Tyler said that the potential for an English country-rock band is what kept him going. Judging by the depressing turnout at this Stockton show, it still has a long way to go. It’s always disheartening to see a band as great as The Rockingbirds play to so few people but – the odd wry comment aside – it didn’t affect the show, which was as warm and wonderful as ever. Crammed onto the Green Room’s tiny stage, with new boy Patrick dangling off the edge switching between guitar, banjo and keyboards, they powered through a set of old classics (Everybody Lives With Us! Gradually Learning! Searching!) and tunes from last year’s The Return Of, as well as a couple of new ones and a gorgeous cover of Gram Parson’s bulletproof Return of The Grievous Angel. The six-piece band can switch comfortably from country heartbreak to shitkickin’ honky tonk like the veterans they are, and Tyler’s voice is still a thing of beauty, a warm, woody, rich sound that’s perfect for the warm, woody, rich  music they play. As long as they’re drinking ale and singing those sad old country songs, I’ll be there.

~ by stagger lee on May 29, 2014.

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