Saturday, 10 November 2012

Caught Live (2): The Cohen Brothers & Royal Southern Brotherhood @ The Robin 09/11/12

 #447: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Last night was the first occasion when I was going to a concert in which the band I initially wanted to see and hear were not the main event due to the fact that ELOBF featured artiste The Cohen Brothers were supporting The Royal Southern Brotherhood over at The Robin 2 in downtown Bilston. But that strange emotion was easily overcome as Yours Truly KJS joined Tony Kelsey and an enthusiastic yet appreciative audience who were treated to not one but two really great sets of innovative and ear pleasing music. 
Quality Quintet: The Cohen Brothers
This was my second Cohen Brothers gig and their set list - which included their own music and some superb covers - comprised songs such as "Memphis Without Elvis", "The Roof Blew Off (Open Up)", "Can't Find My Way Home", "Ancient Stones", "Moving On", "Badge" and "Caledonia" and was immaculate. The band, led by Julian Crook alongside David SmaylenSean Griffin, Brian Richards and Peter Cottom - owned the stage at The Robin 2 in their own right and received a fantastic response from those present. You just simply have to hear "Moving On" and "Ancient Stones" - both are excellent live! It was well worth the journey (and money) just to see these guys, and it got better when The Royal Southern Brotherhood arrived on stage ...
The Royal Southern Brotherhood
This five piece Southern Blues band, comprising Mike Zito, Devon Allman (son of Gregg), Cyril Neville (one of the famed Neville Brothers), Charlie Wooten and Yonrico Scott - from the Deep South of America truly rocked the joint as they performed a magnificent set from their self-titled first album, my fave of the night being "Ways About You" - a  classy, moody if not steamy Blues tune. I have rarely seen such live guitar work and craft to the standard that I witnessed last night. To see a bassist play his bass as a six string was an education, as was the sight of their drummer hitting anything he could find at the back of the stage. Truly awesome!

You can find out what The Cohen Brothers and/or The Royal Southern Brotherhood are up to for yourselves by checking out their official web sites thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends both The Cohen Brothers and The Royal Southern Brotherhood to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 10-Nov-2012

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