Auburn Acoustic are touring UK as the special guests of ‘Live Dead 69’ an all star band from USA . They will be playing a few songs from their last 2 CDs – 2015’s ‘Mixed Feelings’ and recent 2016 release ‘Love & Promises’.
Live Dead 69 are: original Grateful Dead pianist Tom Constanten, who played all the keyboards on the original “Live Dead” recording, inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was essential to Grateful Dead’s first 2 ambitious/ experimental studio recordings “Anthem of The Sun” and “Aoxomoxoa.”
Also, Mark Karan, lead guitarist with Bob Weir’s Rat Dog and The Other Ones,; Slick Aguilar who played lead guitar in Jefferson Starship & KBC for 26 years and with David Crosby Band before that; UK drummer Richard Newman who also played in Jefferson Starship, and with Rory Gallagher, Paul Rodgers, Deb Bonham and many others; and, UK multi-instrumentalistTony Morelli, also of Jefferson Starship complete the line-up.
Live Dead 69 shall perform the classic “Live Dead” (recorded in 1969) in its entirety for the first time anywhere ever, with assorted other selections!
Since the day may still have been so strenuous that weather still so bad, the mood at the low point: The opener of “Love & Promises” draws you back out of your hole beyond, into life. And, although this song “Asleep” is. This (cash) piano melody, this fascinating voice, somewhere between delicate and disreputable at all the whole work leaves you again see colors and feel life. Best Americana, one could say that plain. And this deep charm that makes betimes even think to ARETHA FRANKLIN, at least, a positive playfulness, fun at doing, all this comes at the 5th album, fittingly recorded in Nashville to the utmost to support and blade. Here Blues is paired with Soul and Roots, here is to see how well it can be easy to have the right people in the right place and instrument. AUBURN is managed in the most pleasing. A really fascinating American (in the best sense) album full of ups – and the British of a band.And if there are depths, they are deliberate. Succeeded and beautiful
You can order your advance copy from the ALBUMS page. Go on, you know you want to!!!!
Saturday 18th June, from 7pm
The Black Bull, Donington, Lincs
With folk music an integral part of the Jefferson’s sounds, support act Auburn, a UK band fronted by vocalist Liz Lenten, seemed the ideal choice to get the healthy sized crowd into the mood for the guys and gal from over the pond. Playing as a three piece acoustic unit tonight, my first impressions took me back to another 60’s trio, The Springfields (ask your parents!). I think the gentle, laid back nature of opening song ‘ Sitia Bay ’ almost caught the crowd in two minds, so polite was the applause. Slowly, Liz and the boys started to win them over with a set of their bluesy, folksy story telling music, undoubtedly heavily influenced by sounds American.
With solid, if not spectacular support, given that they never moved from their respective stools, from guitarist Mark Gustavina and bassist Jevon Beaumont, Liz Lenten at times sang with a frailty that gave her songs an atmosphere and emotion that a balls-out delivery might have ruined, not that she hadn’t got the power when needed! Al though showcasing a new, soon to be released album, Mixed Feelings, I have to say my set highlight was the aforementioned ‘ Sitia Bay ’, with its Billie Holliday vocal treatment.
Given that we now had an hour to wait before the appearance of Jefferson Starship, could not Auburn have given us a couple more, I wonder.
Live review from Wolverhampton, Robin 2, Feb 2015