LIVE REVIEW: SummerTyne Americana Festival Jumpin’ Hot Club Stage @ Sage Gateshead (19-21.07.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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The 14th incarnation of the Jumpin’ Hot Club Outdoor Stage at SummerTyne Americana was much like the others, in the sense that the weather was occasionally treacherous, the line-up varied in quality and style, and the crowd seemed unwilling to relinquish their hard-won seats to anything less than an actual earthquake. Friday’s highlights included Nottingham’s ever-excellent The Most Ugly Child, whose deepest-blue country is powered by the beautiful harmonies of Daniel and Stevie-Leigh, and a torrential rain-summoning turn from Jumpin’ Hot’s own Shipcote & Friends, whose gentle, jazzy country-swing is always a treat.

Saturday’s bill kicked off with the Staffordshire/North Carolina duo A Different Thread, whose guitar/snare drum/harmonies set-up was spare but affecting and touched on folk and bluegrass. Daniel Meade – accompanied as ever by his phenomenal guitarist Lloyd Reid – always brings the good stuff, and so it was today, his set taking in country ballads, hillbilly tunes and country rock.

Saturday’s high point – perhaps the weekend’s? – was Sister Suzie & Her Right Band. Their hour-long set of stomping rhythm and blues was a crowd-pleasing delight. Suzie herself (from Alnwick, although it’s hard to believe it) has a huge voice and stage presence that don’t quit, and her band were tight as hell.

Local heroes The King Bees were an early high point of Sunday’s bill, their raw and dirty blues getting the punters moving early, and the fiery country rock of Fargo Railroad Company impressed for the second time. All this and Steve Drayton’s Teeny Tiny Farm. That’s showbiz…

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