Nashville Pussy The Crauford Arms in Milton Keynes Jan28

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Nashville Pussy The Crauford Arms in Milton Keynes

So tonight I’m photographing at The Crauford Arms in Milton Keynes. Is actually a decent sized pub quite a few punters in already so looks as though the gig is going to be quite substantial? I’m really looking forward to tonight. First up we have Long John and The Killer Blues Collective, followed by followed by Desert Storm, and ending the night in from The US, the headliner act, the aptly named Nashville Pussy who I’m really quite looking forward to hearing.
It’s my first night down at Crauford arms and it looks as though it might become a regular as I have such a good lineup including the Lioness Amy Winehouse experience, and bands like Hacktivist, Legends of Goldie Lookin Chain filling the bill for the rest of January. Its fairly vlose to home so, lets see how this one pans out….there’s a decent sized crowd here already…and the doors are not yet open!
Well, what a great set. Long John and The Killer Collective really performed a great set. Its hard to know what to expect when photographing or listening to someone you’ve never heard of before, and more so when you’re in an unfamiliar venue. This, was just the ticket. Seven songs performed, kicking off with the rockin “John The Rev,” and really didn’t stand still from there with tracks like Holy Moly Healer Man and the very jamming Tequila…cumulating with Mean Loving Girl. The band from… are going to be ones to watch and listen to in the very near future, good sounds and great style. They killed it!!!
OMG, what an excellent set? I can see I’m fast running out of superlatives this evening, which is turning into one of those I’m glad I didnít miss! Desert Storm carried the crowd on the crescendo of a wave, of an awesome wall of sound. Once the energy woke the madding crowd with a band of appreciatively nodding heads, there was no stopping.
With their brand if grunge metal, DS kicked up the beat and played some awesome riffs. Such wad their set, they added another track to the end of their performance (they’d been allowed to!)and well worth it too!
Awesome band, can the night really get any better?
As though the night couldnít get any better, next up the headliners, ìNashville Pussy.î I clocked them waiting right of stage. There was a particular section of the track playing (which I believe was AC/DC ñ but not one Iím familiar with) when Blaine Cartwright, wife Ruyter Suys, Bonnie Buitrago clad in black, and Jeremy Thompson took to the stage; Bonnie to the left of me, Blaine taking up position centre stage and Ruyter to the right, with Jeremy taking to the drums, backs to the audience.
After a brief pause, the background music faded and Nashville Pussy turned; the girls ripping into the fantastic opening riffs of Pussy Time.
Like I said to one of the punters at The Crauford Arms, if you donít get out and experience things youíve never heard before, you miss out on life. He said heíd seen Nashville Pussy several times, the first being 13 years ago and they were brilliant.
He couldnít have been more accurate. Musically sporting the genre of ìcowpunkî meets ìSouthern hard rock,î meets ì something else described as ìpsychobilly,î there were instances of rifts heard before and a lot first heard by myself on the evening. They were great!
I can always gauge just how much Iím enjoying a band playing by the amount of photographs Iíve taken, and in a very short space of time Iíd exceeded 300; eventually ending at around 450.
Delivering to the very appreciative crowd hits from their 20 years of playing, Pussy Time went into their set; playing ìCome on, Come in, îIím So High,î and ìRub it To Death,î whilst also being good enough to give a nod to Status Quoís recently departed Rick Parfitt (1948-2016 RIP). ìHe was with us,î said Blaine, perhaps referring I think to a period in 2012 when Rick collaborated with them.
Hearing the name ìNashville Pussy,î youíd be forgiven for assuming theyíre from NashvilleÖ but no! They stem from a little place in Georgia, called Atlanta. Why are they called ìNashville Pussy?î Well, Iíd guess that seeing the name alone would make you want to hear them, it worked for me and glad I did.
I didnít think it was ìA Good Night for a Heart Attack,î but they played that anyways, polishing off their set with ìWhy, Why, Why,î ìGo to Hell,î before and encore and coming back with the imaginatively named, ì Strutting Cock,î finishing on ìGo Motherfucker GoÖî just to sendíem home.
Ace venue, great gig, worth seeing!

 

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