New York and country music isn’t a combination that would usually come to mind. Last week, country musician Jessica Lynn brought all the “yee-haw” you can handle to Stereo in Glasgow.
The evening kicked off with Birmingham’s own Gasoline & Matches, formed in 2016. The band is fronted by Sally Rea and Steve Marks. The band worked their way through their set of contemporary country with beautiful heart-felt vocals and blistering guitars. Rea informs the audience that this show is the bands first ever show as a five-piece ensemble, but you couldn’t tell because they were oozing with confidence and style. A definite band to keep your eyes and ears open for in the future.
Next up was the headliner. Jessica Lynn and her band, which includes husband Steve Sterlacci (lead guitar), mother Victoria Calamera (backing vocals) and father Peter Calamera (bass guitar) took to the stage and turned the party up to 11.
They deliver an infectious blend of country and pop. The opening song, “Play Something Country,” sets the mood for the whole show. Jessica’s boundless energy and positivity fills the room and is absorbed by an enthusiastic Glasgow crowd.
What followed was a 90 minute set packed with perfectly crafted original songs and a few well known covers from artists such a Elvis Presley, ZZ Top and AC/DC. Throughout the evening, Jessica shared stories of how each song came to be. We were even treated to the delight that was the legendary Uncle Bob Riedel who, when the crowd started to chant his name, broke into an impromptu dance solo.
Jessica’s latest single, “Crazy Idea,” was one of the many highlights of the night. The single has already gained great success in the states. The evening came to a close with an energetic cover of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.” At the midpoint, Uncle Bob made his way to center stage took over lead guitar and vocal duties. While this was happening, Jessica took over on drums, wowing the audience with her skills. After the set, the crowd was invited to a meet-and-greet. The crowd left the venue at the end of the night wanting more. We can only hope that it’s not too long before Jessica graces our shores once again.
Move over Shania, there’s a new queen of country around.
Jessica’s latest EP, Look At Me That Way, is available now in the U.K. and will be available in the U.S. in September.