I paid another visit to the Southgate House Revival last Saturday and had yet another great night. I only went because I’d heard a track by the headliners, 500 Miles to Memphis, on the Cincy Music Spotlight a couple of weeks ago.
After spending twenty minutes trying to find somewhere to park, during which I decided for some reason to revert back to my British driving habits and turned into a street on the wrong side of the road!, I wandered to the Southgate House Revival to find a party going on outside the venue, which was pretty cool!
The first group on were the Black Pearls from Columbus, Ohio, who simply rocked! They did an awesome cover of Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls, which went down a storm.
Following the Black Pearls was Noah Smith. I’ve been going to gigs for over thirty years now and I haven’t seen such a powerful opening to a set in such a small venue as I did on Saturday night. One of the band members was using a chain and a box as an instrument, the percussionist was banging a chain on his, well I don’t know what he was banging it on, but it sounded great! There were obviously a few fans in the building and it seemed appropriate we were in the Southgate House Revival, as at times Noah Smith‘s set had the air of a preacher whipping his congregation into a storm!
I’m not of a religious persuasion, but he converted me, not to God, I can’t see that happening any day now, but to his music. Every song in the set was brilliant, the band were superb, particularly the multi-talented banjo player. It was a set I won’t forget in a long time and I look forward to seeing Noah Smith and his band in the near future.
I bought his self titled CD after the set and I was lucky enough to meet Noah Smith, who kindly signed the CD. I’ve played the CD a few times since and it’s a corker!
As for 500 Miles to Memphis, I enjoyed their set, but they didn’t sound as clear as the earlier bands, which spoilt it somewhat for me. Not being familiar with their music and struggling to hear the lyrics clearly I didn’t get into their set as much. They did do a storming version of Bethen, Oh, which was the track I first heard on Cincy Music Spotlight and their Lap Steel Guitarist gave a great vocal performance on what I think was a Johnny Cash cover.
Again I bought their latest CD, Stand There and Bleed, and it’s a brilliant album. So I need to see 500 Miles to Memphis again and also check out their earlier stuff.
Well I have to say I’m loving the music scene in Cincinnati, wherever I’ve been I’ve tried to support local music. Nights like this make it all worthwhile, a great night’s entertainment, two bands I want to see again and two great CDs to add to my collection! And I love the Southgate House Revival, what a great venue!
And to finish off, here’s Bethen, Oh, from 500 Miles to Memphis