★★★★★ (out of five)
WHAT a reception Suzy Bogguss received following what proved to be a stunning show at Kings Place in London.
The award winning American singer/songwriter’s relaxed, good humour shone through from the moment she walked on stage and helped add to the intimate atmosphere within the theatre’s walls.
Her choice of material was faultless and included tracks from her new tribute to Merle Haggard album, Lucky, among others.
Some were disappointed that Sing Me Back Home didn’t make its way into the set, but there can be no criticism of her crystal clear vocals. Delivered with sincerity and style, she was backed by her own excellent guitar and two fine musicians who never overplayed their part.
Her rendition of the traditional American folk song, Shenandoah was magnificent and it was like a master-class on how to help a singer get the most out of a song.
Oklahoma-born guitarist/singer/ songwriter Verlon Thompson was perfection in his lead guitar role. The trusted sidekick of Texas Americana icon Guy Clark has had his songs covered by the likes of Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis and Trisha Yearwood.
San Diego-born Charlie Chadwick, now based in Nashville, showed just how effective the double bass can be in the hands of a master.
The double bass must be one of the most awkward instruments to transport, especially when touring, so bass players should checkout Charlie’s amazing invention, the folding bass, on the internet. He has designed it so that the neck folds inside the body thus making it the size of a manageable large case for travelling purposes.
Overall, it was a memorable evening from a superb artist and two wonderful sidemen.