On a warm summer evening last Sunday, I had the good fortune to be at Aces & Eights, a proper dive rock’n'roll bar in Tufnell Park, where I caught a rousing acoustic set by Brandy Row, who gave a soulful and passionate performance I felt lucky to witness.
Brandy is a unique performer, who’s not only a talented songwriter, but has great stage presence and loads of charisma. We need more like him out there since the current music scene appears to be saturated by a lame brigade of bands that look and sound as if they’ve all been cloned at some rock-cliche factory.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ve said this before, but I cannot say it enough: In all the years I’ve searched for new music online, going back to the glory days of MySpace, I have never come across someone of his calibre, and yes, I’ll repeat myself again when I tell you they don’t make them like this any more, so I hope more of you out there get the opportunity to see him live.
Speaking of that, if you missed this gig, you have another chance to see him, back in the same location (Aces & Eights) this Thursday 23 August. Be there!
Here’s one of Brandy’s many outstanding songs, The Final Stand, which was the first thing I ever heard from him, and it’s still one of my favourites.
Another great one, this time, Dirty Street with one of his other bands The Truebadours.