C2C 2016 gave me one of the biggest surprises and now one of my favourite bands. I will now try and give you the best unbiased review possible, this may be hard for me to do. Let’s give you a back story as to why this is surprising. So about 4 maybe 5 months ago my wife landed Little Big Town’s Painkiller album on my lap and said “Have a listen, its pretty good”, now I had heard Girl Crush on the radio many times and only knew that tune and to be honest didn’t know much more about the band than that. I gave the album one spin while driving to work etc and then chucked it back on the shelf to be replaced by Chris Stapleton.
So let’s fast forward to Saturday at C2C and the Cineworld Songwriters film shown at noon which featured, yes you guessed it, Little Big Town. I watched as I heard the vocal strength of Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman and started to feel my foot tapping to Pontoon and Sober, then they started to do some tracks from Painkiller and I was almost sold. Jimi Westbrook discussed the next song and then loaded up his vocal chords and hit Boondocks and that was me done. It made the excitement to see them build and C2C Saturday became very exciting.
So after seeing Maddie and Tae we went for drinks to avoid enduring Sam Hunt (Sorry just really does not do it for me) then we sat back in our seats. The lights went down to four silhouette figures standing in the middle of the stage. The crowd went nuts as they moved into an acapella version of Dolly Parton’s Jolene, it really was something to watch, four voices in perfect harmony with each other. The set was awesome, with hits such as Pontoon, Painkiller and Day Drinking, the crowd got right behind Girl Crush and everyone had a great time. Karen Fairchild was just stunning, her voice could melt the north pole! She had the warmest tone I had heard all weekend.
The massive highlight was a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s, The Chain, I did slightly lose it at this point. I’m a big fan of the Mac and their cover was pretty much spot on and the o2 crowd seemed to really enjoy it.
Apart from Chris Stapleton these guys really did steal the show, they were by far the best act on the Saturday and really did find a place in my musical heart and have been on rotation in the car ever since. They seem to have a lot in common with the Mac and for me they are country music’s very own version. I now have so much fun in going over their back catalogue and enjoying some very cool music.
Day Drinking anyone!?