Kristy Cox, Travis List and The Weeping Willows @ The Barn at Wombat Flat 1/9/2018
The Barn at Wombat Flat, has to be one of the most unique music venues in the state. You would be hard pressed to find a more suitable and authentic live venue for country music anywhere. The brainchild of Mike Roberts and his partner Di Bills, the Barn at Wombat Flat provides superb acoustics, a state of the art sound system, genuine country hospitality and the chance to sample the wares of some of the areas boutique wines and food vendors. A visit to the barn is a total experience not just a night to see a band.
The Barn lies between Truro and Eudunda at Neales Flat, and has been sympathetically converted from a 1900’s barn which once housed Clydesdale horses, to a barn which hosts some of the best live music in the country.
Read more about the Barn at Wombat Flat Here
Connect through Facebook Here
The Weeping Willows were the opening act for this gig. You just know the night is going to be a great one when an act of this calibre opens the bill.
Andrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates are The Weeping Willows. A Bluegrass/Americana/Gothic style duo, who mesmerise the audience from the first note. Wrigglesworth’s guitar playing is out of this world and Coates’ vocals are rich, warm, powerful and strong, and their harmonies are tight and sublime.
As part of the Roots and Branches tour, the pair have played various dates throughout Australia during August and now move to the US for an even more exhaustive schedule of gigs through September before heading back to OZ to round off 2018.
One of my favourite songs of the night from these two was the haunting ‘Travellin man’ a song which aptly describes their busy life on the road at the moment.
It’s easy to see why the Weeping Willows have racked up so many awards including nominations for Group or Duo of the year 2018 for the Country Music Channel (CMC) and 4 golden guitar nominations in 2017 among many others. This is one class act.
They treated us to some of their new songs as well as some old favourites ‘Singing the blues’ and “House of Sin’ were well received before launching into a Blind lemon Jefferson song ‘One kind of favour’.
Calling local songstress Michaela Jenke up onto stage to sing a song. Laura and Michaela gave us a beautiful version of Hank Williams ‘So Lonesome I could cry’.
Compared favourably to bands such as The Civil Wars and Buddy and Julie Miller. The Weeping Willows held the audience captive with their charismatic and heart felt performance. The longing looks Coates gives her partner whilst he is playing, portrays the genuine passion these two inject into their performance.
The Weeping Willows Facebook site is here
Their new Album “Before Darkness Comes A-Callin” can be ordered Here
Travis List was up next. This ‘local boy made good’ with a voice that is straight outa Nashville, took us on a journey which started in One Tree Hill, South Australia before hitting the bright lights of the US.
List can deliver a country song with feeling no matter if it’s about Turnip Greens, Lost love or even the comedic ‘I really liked Her But’.
We enjoyed a double dose of the talents of List’s wife Kristy Cox, as she shared the stage with him during his set. Lending some beautiful harmonies but generally staying in the background while Travis shone.
List is as down to earth as you would like your favourite artist to be, yet is the consummate professional performer when on stage. He can grab the attention of a crowd and transport them to wherever he wishes through that rich country twang of a voice. Travis List showed us just how versatile he really is at delivering that authentic country tune.
Joining List on stage was the very versatile Hugh Curtis (Fiddle, Mandolin, Harmonies) Curtis worked as hard as the proverbial “one legged man in a butt kicking contest” changing instruments mid song and contributing exquisite harmonies when needed. He didn’t just round out the sound, he defined it.
The whole package Travis List, Kristy Cox and Hugh Curtis delivered a superb and spellbinding show. The perfect show in the perfect venue. Catching a Travis List performance is one of the ‘must do’ things in life.
Travis’ Facebook page is here
Kristy Cox was the headline act this night. Cox has been on the road as part of the Roots and Branches tour throughout August, and at times I thought she looked a little tired on stage when supporting husband Travis during his set. But when her time to shine came, she most certainly did. It seems I’d mistaken staying strategically and demourly in the background, as tiredness, because she just got stronger and more vibrant as her set continued.
Cox has a beautiful, powerful and yet angelic voice. Her vocal control is superb and she delivered song after song with feeling and conviction.
With the Weeping Willows and Hugh Curtis on stage. Cox and the band treated us to a performance which mesmerised and enchanted the crowd with their well-rehearsed routines.
Rarely does one get to experience so many performers together on one stage, who are all so very well respected within their own right, and it was a joy to witness. The vocal harmonies of The Weeping Willows and Hugh Curtis, blended perfectly with Kristy Cox’s strong lead vocals.
Enjoying the number one spot on the Bluegrass Today Radio Chart with ‘I Can Almost Smell the Smoke’, which follows on from her earlier success on the same chart with ‘Ricochet’. Cox gave us just a taste of her talent as she delivered both numbers drawing huge cheers from the crowd.
‘Cry me a river’ again showcased the special talents of all performers. The fiddle playing of Curtis, the deft guitar playing of Wrigglesworth and the, oh so sweet, harmonic tones of Coates filled the barn as Cox’s strong voice soared clear and strong.
Moving from pure country to a folk number in ‘Sweet English Rose’ Cox once again showed her versatility, proving just what an all-round performer she really is. From the up-tempo ‘I’m no stranger to this lonesome road’ to the haunting ‘Daddy doesn’t pray anymore’ the night just flew by, and before we knew it she was introducing the last song of the night. Of course it wasn’t the last song, as the crowd just wouldn’t let her leave the place or even the state, without an encore. As it was we got 2 encores, as Travis re-joined Kristy on stage to finish off the night. A night that had everything. Great talent performing at a fantastic venue; the most hospitable of hosts; great food and wine and the best atmosphere anywhere.
Connect with Kristy Cox on Facebook Here
Categories: Gig Reviews