For the third time in a week I boarded the 5:25 to Glasgow on Friday evening. This time I had a new chaperone – Little Miss Green Tea.
We were scheduled to rendezvous with Boy Child and FB Son at the venue.
Our destination this time was the city’s Royal Concert Hall. We were heading out to enjoy An Evening With Black Stone Cherry: The Kentucky Experience. (Yes, I know I saw them last Friday night too).
Having been found by the boys in the venue’s café (coffee was required), we made the obligatory pilgrimage to the merchandise stall then took our seats – yes, seats all round for this show.
Black Stone Cherry had promised something special and seeing the stage all set up with stools, rugs and occasional tables, I knew instantly what it was.
The first half of the show was an acoustic set! (Those boys really have spoiled their Scottish fans this week)
The show opened with In Our Dreams which much to my surprise really leant itself to an acoustic arrangement. It was followed by Hell And High Water and Like I Roll. Seeing those four boys from Kentucky sitting on stage relaxed and having fun with these songs was a joy to behold!
Whether in an electric or an acoustic setting the next two songs are probably the most powerfully emotional songs that Chris Robertson sings. His heartfelt vocals during The Rambler had the hairs on the back of my neck tingling. Things My Father Said had a tear in every eye in the room. Two breathtakingly beautiful songs.
Stay and Big City Lights followed with Chris encouraging the audience to sing along, especially on Big City Lights.
To close the acoustic set off Chris asked everyone to get on their feet for All I’m Dreamin’ Of.
Acoustic Black Stone Cherry were better than I could ever have dreamed of!
After a thirty minute interval- yes, an interval mid-rock show – things got a little louder in the Royal Concert Hall.
With the stage set up in its usual format plus fairy lights across John Fred’s drum riser, Chris yelled for everyone to get on their feet as Black Stone Cherry launched into the second longer half of the show with Devil’s Queen. Awesome set opener and, with a bigger stage than in The Cathouse last week, even more energetic! Does Ben Wells ever stand still? His energy is rubbing off on Jon Lawhon who was bounding about almost as energetically! Devil’s Queen was swiftly followed by Soul Machine that had everyone in the room singing “S O U L” in fine voice. An amazing cover of Bad To The Bone followed.
Darkest Secret from the latest album Kentucky is a recent addition to the set but it’s a monster of song played live. Love it! This was followed by one of my favourites Killing Floor.
Black Stone Cherry were certainly killing it!
The Glasgow choir were in fine voice during White Trash Millionaire and Me and Mary Jane. There was definitely “a thing goin’ on” here!
Another of my favourites made the set a couple of songs later – In My Blood. Awesome!
A thunderous performance of Blind Man led us into John Fred Young’s drum solo. His display was as high energy as ever with the addition of some harmonica. Awesome stuff!
Having certainly been “Shakin’ My Cage” the main set ended with the best performance I’ve seen from these boys of Blame It On The Boom Boom.
Twenty four songs in and these boys weren’t done yet.
The evening had been made all the more special by the fact it was Ben Wells’ 31st birthday and I’m pretty confident that Glasgow ensure it was one he’ll remember for a while.
The kinship and friendship of the guys shines through as bright as the musical talent in display. Maybe I’m a little biased but each and every one of them is amazing.
As every Black Stone Cherry fan knows, a show always ends with Lonely Train and this one was no exception. The fans’ singing almost raised the roof off the Royal Concert Hall.
After blasting out Ace Of Spades our Kentucky Experience was at an end.
Judging by the smiles on Little Miss Green Tea’s face, I think I’ve found a convert, someone else who can now say that Black Stone Cherry are “In My Blood.”
Hurry back boys, we miss you already!
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