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Maverick Magazine UK

Nick Dalton

Issue#49 August 2006.
Freddie Krc,
Wes McGhee
Green Note, Camden, London, May 25

It's a couple of decades since Freddie Steady Krc blazed a trail through the pubs and clubs of Britain with his Texan twang and the home-grown all-stars of his Wild Country band.  Now he's reassembled the posse, however briefly and is showing off his high energy singer-songwriter persona accompanied by Britain's greatest country guitarist.   McGhee, who produced his timeless 1980s album LUCKY SEVEN (in Croydon) and played with him during an unlikely appearance at the old Wembley Country Music Festival.

Krc has returned from Austin a bigger (and busier) name, with his psychedelic country rockers the Shakin' Apostles and now the more boisterous Freddie Steady 5 under his belt.  He's also reformed his power-poppers the Explosives who have renewed their acquaintance with 13th Floor Elevators front man Roky Erickson, backing him on an increasing number of gigs.  Then there's the impressive comeback album he's produced for Sal Valentino, singer with 1960s San Fran folk-rockers the Beau Brummels.

This acoustic show at a new and impressive venue (le clean,stylish,friendly, serving organic Freedom lager and far from one's image of an acoustic room) is a three-hour resume of a career which has seen Krc being voted into the Texan Music Hall of Fame. On the tiny stage Krc (black suit, white shirt from the Nick Lowe school of stylish rock'n'roll dressing) although once known as a drummer plays a not insignificant guitar
role along the beautiful intricacies of McGhee. For most of the evening they're joined by pedal steel god BJ Cole (on Dobro, and forced to stand, pinned against the wall), and the glorious fiddle playing of Bob Loveday, who played Live 8 as part of Bob Geldolf's band and more recently was a constant presence on Van Morrison's country album.

Both played on Lucky 7 and reprised their roles on one of the most wonderful country songs of all time, Krc's (I Hear) Neon Angels Sing, and the spine-tingling High Lonesome Country Soul.  But, as Krc reminded us, in his world George Jones sits alongside the Move.  Interspersed were acoustic rockers from the Freddie Steady 5 Texan covers set-Wooly Bully, She's About A Mover. I Fought The Law-not to mention a couple of Beatles' tunes, not least a fabulously jangly Please Please Me.  Plenty, too, from the Apostles days the yearning Guthrie tribute, Hey Woody, the joyful homage to his one-time adopted home, London Town, Treasure Of The Orient (covered by Valentino)
and the rip-roaring Devil's Hand.  A whole world of music and exquisite playing without a pause.  An engaging, unforgettable return.

Nick Dalton

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