Jeremy Edwards and Kevin Bennett gave the Milton Theatre a night of soulful, blues tinged country music on Saturday the 24th of July. It was a musical progression tonight. Kevin Bennett started in acoustic mode singing songs his Chamber’s produced album Solo, before being joined on stage by Jeremy Edwards and Roy Payne on electric and slide to finish the set with a raucous version of ‘Get Back On It’ [Neil Young Re-ac-tor] accompanied by a slightly squiffy theatre audience. There were smiles all round at half time.
It was left to Jeremy Edwards and the Dust Radio Band to electrify and finish off an already warmed up audience. The five piece original band play songs steeped in rhythm, roots and blues with a good dose of Americana. The rhythm section of George Brugmans on drums, and Ben Edwards on one beautiful looking double bass, were lean and tight tonight. Roy Payne’s slide hummed and zinged but at times he was a tad off the beat. Probably just a bad day at the office although he did have the burden of lead guitar for most of the night whilst Jeremy Edwards concentrated on his vocals and duets with Julieanne Henry….and what mighty fine looking duets they were.
Julieanne Henry literally sizzled on stage. That girl sure can play a mean tambourine. The interplay between Edwards and Henry has been compared to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris and the theatre provided an excellent space for their two part harmony.
Most of the songs tonight came from their new album Russian Dolls. They had a timeless feel and though occasionally delving too far into Americana land for this reviewer, the set had enough groove and soul to satisfy even the most country averse punter. All in all it was another cracker night at the Theatre with the new Australian Monitor speakers sounding the money. They have to be heard to be believed with this reviewer finding sweet spots both downstairs and in the dress circle. Nice work Billy!
Both Jeremy Edwards and Kevin Bennett will return for The Muddy Waters Tribute on Friday December 14 along with Dom Turner [Backsliders], Ian Collard [Collard, Greens and Gravy], Don Hopkins and Johnny Cass.