Live review from Wolverhampton, Robin 2, Feb 2015

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

CD Review: ‘Mixed Feelings’

CD Review: Auburn Continues To Grow With “Mixed Feelings” Album

From the U.K. comes the latest release from the acoustic, Americana , roots band Auburn entitled “Mixed Feelings.” They are looking to build upon the success of their last album ” Nashville ” (Review: jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com) which debuted at #1 on the U.K. Americana music chart.

Their new twelve song release begins with the slow jaunt of the title-song, “Mixed Feelings” as lead singer Liz Lenten works her jazzy vocals into the song. The country-blues of “New Years Day” and the gentle touch of “Friends” is an awakening to the amazing songwriting within the band. They look to pick up the pace with “Hell Hath No Fury” as Liz’ sweet vocals does not match the intensity of the song’s quick, country tempo. It all comes together for the sweet country twang of “Out There” and “Wood For The Trees,” before closing with the folk gem “Feel The Sun.” Auburn are following the release of the their new album with some live shows beginning September 11th. To find out more about their latest release “Mixed Feelings, please visit their website at auburn.org.uk.

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