O2 Ritz, Manchester
As good a gig as I’ve seen for a long time. My mate got me a ticket for this 6 months ago and it’s kind of crept up on me. I knew Southeastern pretty well but hadn’t really checked out his latest Something More Than Free until a few weeks ago when I had it on heavy rotation. What a fantastic lyricist! Blue collar themes of work hard / play hard, love & loss, dreams and harsh reality. The sound was great, perfectly clear and never too loud. The band are all a singer-songwriter could ask for, and could all sing back-up when required. Jason sang his heart out, and played acoustic and electric guitar very well. In a 1:45 set we got a little bit of twin guitar southern rock, some Crazy Horse stylee epic jam, but mostly just top notch Americana singer songwriting
A sell out. Lots of 50 plus, with a high percentage of spectacles wearers. During Elephant the audience were completely silent
It made me think..
I’ve seen a lot of gigs over the years, maybe over 800. But I haven’t seen many better than this. It was a total delight. I wonder was Springsteen like this in his early days; a small tight band made up from his mates? Lovely to see a band who obviously like each other and get so much enjoyment from performing together