Rockefeller concert venue looked different this chilly night in october, the lights were dimmed and the stage was put in the middle of the room, there were draperies and burning candles. It was like coming into someone’s home. I could sense the anticipation from the audience, they were expecting something special. Dixie Chics softly on the speakers.
Ida Jenshus is a terrific artist and she’s a great entertainer as well. There are many artists that have forgotten that part, she hasn’t. I’ve seen her several times now, and she and her band always delivers. In Vikedal it started a bit on the slow side but soon they ventured into a more southern rock territory, from then on in they sailed on monumental jams and great songs. The audience was on the chatty side, but the band ignored the talkative bunch. We who were there for the music got a great concert.
I’m looking forward to Notodden Blues Festival 🙂
I just have to pick a favorite moment from last night’s show: When the song Little Blue slided into a fantastic Words (Between the lines) by Neil Young! Magic!
We had a fantastic night at Høvleriet in Haugesund last night. We want to come back, what a venue and what an atmosphere! Thank you.
– Ida Jenshus (on her webpage)
Ida Jenshus has recently released her third album, Someone to love. The album is a departure from the country on her two previous records, into a more airy sounding country/rock/songwriter style. The obvious comparison is Emmylou Harris’ collaboration with super-producer Daniel Lanois, but I can also hear Kathleen Edwards and Mary Gauthier in the quiet stuff, and Lucinda Williams in her more uptempo stuff. I like the direction she’s taken. I like the first two records but I think her concerts have showed a truer Ida Jenshus, and finally it is reflected in her recorded work.
The wonderful Tender Leaves:
We saw Ida Jenshus with a great group of musicians at Høvleriet in Haugesund last friday, there she dedicated a very fine version of Tender Leaves to Chip Taylor. An artist that Jenshus has worked with lately and have played with on several occasions. Chip Taylor is the man who wrote Wild Thing and Angel of the morning.
It was a lovely show that varied from tender moments into full blown guitar jams, never dull and, man, what a great group she’s touring with! The audience clearly liked what they heard, quiet listening and attentive, and it was great to see this many people coming out to see Ida Jenshus. Country flavoured music isn’t always the biggest audience puller.
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From their official Facebook page:
A band calling themselves “The South” in spite of being from Trondheim, Norway need to have their compass in order
When you hear The South’s self titled second album, produced by Bent Sæther of Motorpsycho, it becomes clear that this sextet has a remarkable grip on their rock history, both the map and the terrain.
They actually lift what many hold to be the zenith of rock, the music of Little Feat, Grateful Dead and The Band from the first half of the 1970’s, into our time.
Bringing with them marvellous songs, the tightness of a good oldfashioned BAND and vocal harmonies to die for.
When we decided to go to Bergenfest this year we decided to try to get an interview with The South, they’re so obviousley right up our alley, they embody most of the musical styles that JV is about. They use the rich musical past to create fresh new songs. The press people at Bergenfest said we could get a 15 minute talk, we were happy just to get an interview.
We met in the “lounge” at the hotel where both The South and we stayed. We talked for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
I’ll be the one:
The South are:
Alexander Pettersen – Vocals, guitar
Terje Uv – guitar, steelguitar
Stein Spjelkavik – Guitar, Keys, vocals
Sander Olsen – Keys
Pål Brekkås – Bass, vocals
Stian Lundberg – Drums, vocals