After hearing great things of the Wreck, and having had a quick look at YouTube, it didn’t take me long to say yes to a night at KK’s great venue that it is, and am I glad, well my god yes. Hailing from California, and recently signed to Joe Bonamassa’s record company KTBA Records, which seems to have given them a new lease of life and harder edge, with songs like ‘Waiting For Your Man’ and ‘Oh Miss Carolina’, showing off Robert Johns gritty vocals excellently. The crowd lapping this up, at times sounding like a resurrected Allman Brothers, especially when Robert steps back for guitarist Henry James to show his skills. He is a brilliant guitarist and seems not to sweat and has more than a passing resemblance to Phil Lynott.
The new album ‘Shine A Light On Me Brother’ title track has a gospel feel to it, and certainly has the crowd nodding and swaying even more than before. With another sublime solo from James, before finishing off with ‘Cold Night’, which is seven years old, but what a way to finish. Again, having a big Allman Brothers vibe with a two guitars crescendo, all I can say is that Robert Jon & The Wreck are a must see live band, so do yourself a favour check them out asap. And on a final note, arriving a little late to see all of the support from Laura Evans and her country/blues voice, which sounded great and will make sure we catch her when next in town, as I’m sure most of the crowd in KK’s will too.
Photos by Geoff Griffe
Review by Jenny Griffe