Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bluesfest Day Three Review

(Carney. Photo: Reebajeeb)

Following our Snowdroppers interview was an early set from L.A four piece Carney who returned to Bluesfest for their second year in a row. Catching the performance from side of stage I was initially stunned by the vocal ability and showmanship of lead singer Reeve Carney.
The quartet’s performance was a professionally-executed show of raw talent that would have anyone under the impression they are veterans of the industry. Although all playing from an early age, Carney, consisting of brothers Reeve and Zane Carney, John Epcar and Aiden Moor, have only been together a few years.
The group’s onstage chemistry was moving and each member a master of his art. Deep instrumentals with powerful expression coupled with Reeve’s versatility as a performer ensured influences such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Radiohead were apparent. Playing songs from their first album “Mr. Green Vol. 1” Carney had their audience captivated. “If you Love me Chase me”, “Testify” and Reeve’s solo cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” were all rendered with a flawless energy.

(Carney. Photo: Stereodan)
Dan and I were Lucky enough to catch up with the band after their set and what we loved most about Carney was the guys themselves. Fresh faced, excited and
not yet jaded by the music industry they were charismatic and well spoken. The complete opposite to what I had expected from group of young, good looking guys who have just broken their way through L.A’s music scene. Honestly some of the loveliest people I have ever met and if you do happen to catch them at a show, go say hi! They will love you for it.
Later I caught up with four of the coolest cats from Louisiana’s Lil Band O' Gold while Dan interviewed John Cruz and Newton Faulkner which ended in a limbo-off.

(Newton Faulkner. Photo: Stereodan)


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