Known more as an indie venue than one that hosts county artists (my first visit here!) this intimate room above a pub in North London was the first stop on the UK leg of Dylan LeBlanc‘s tour, and opening for him at all his shows (they played a festival in Belgium before heading here) is Aubrie Sellers who is currently promoting her debut album “New City Blues”. She has called her exciting blend of musical styles (country/blues/rock all evident in her writing) “Garage Country” and when we chatted before her set (full interview to come!) she said these types of venues were her favourite!
Taking to the stage with her regular Nashville based lead guitar player and UK drummer (the first time they had played together) her 30 minute set showcased several tracks from the album and demonstrated what a fantastic vocalist and live performer she is. As always with support artists, chat was kept to a minimum in order to fit in as many songs as possible, but she managed to thank us for turning up early to see her, introduce her musicians and tell us that the set list was written on a paper plate as well as giving us some insight into the album. She also joked that we were the quietest crowd she’d come across in a rock club setting and that in the US everyone would be drunk and yelling….but she loved how we were!
The only song not taken from “New City Blues” was a cover of Gram Parson’s “Luxury Liner”, which was introduced by Aubrie saying it is the story of her life as she is from a musical family and grew up on a tour bus.
Based on this set I’d love to see Aubrie with her full band, her voice was truly impressive throughout, I particularly loved hearing the bluesy Brent Cobb co-write “Loveless Rolling Stone” which oozed emotion.