Review: Cortney Tidwell at The Slaughtered Lamb

I was going to review this yesterday (so I could do some work this morning) but my internet was being a fail and wasn’t working. So I feel like I should review it now before I go to Wildbirds & Peacedrums in about 3.5 hours and get sucked into their vortex and never blog about anything else ever again. Or something like that.

I managed to go the whole day without eating then went to Tesco and bought a sandwich and some cheap Tesco brandĀ biscuits. Classy times. I got there and there was a queue outside the door. I started talking to a guy who was in love with Chris Garneau. Chris Garneau is very lovable, so that’s understandable. We went in and I got a seat at the front so I could get some snaps. The first act was Jess Bryant from our very own, London. She had a really beautiful voice and she was great at guitar. She did lots of fancy fingerpicking parts and it sounded wonderful. She was excited to have some hand made CDs for sale, and they were all snapped up quick after the show. Next it was Idiot Son. Not my thing at all, so I will move on.

Cortney Tidwell, all the way from Nashville. She had a cute accent and said things like “y’all”. I like when people say that. She has quite a spectacular voice. The best parts were where she came away from the mic a bit and you could just hear her un-amplified voice… it was lovely. I have to say I haven’t listened to her much apart from the usual Myspace/Youtube investigation, so I’ll be lazy and say at first she reminded me a bit of Ane Brun, but by the end of the set not so much. She had an omnichord, which I LOVE. Omnichords remind me of Jenny Lewis and that sweet sweet part at the start of You Are What You Love. She was joined by friend/album producer (I forgot his name, oops) on keys. For half the set she went behind the drum kit and sang and drummed at the same time. I always find this to be fascinating to watch. She gets really into it too, which is always better than singers who don’t show any emotion while they’re playing. For some songs she was just drumming with the palm of her hand. She left the stage and was called back for an encore. It was an enjoyable set. She’s playing in Shepherd’s Bush with Andrew Bird in May. Listen on her Myspace.

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3 Responses to Review: Cortney Tidwell at The Slaughtered Lamb

  1. riny April 7, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    i love cortney! her 1st album is really cool. really looking forward to her new album BOYS. out may 29th. and yes, omnichords are awesome!

  2. Wears The Trousers magazine April 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm #

    aww, I didn’t see you there. good show (Idiot Son aside, *cough*), great photos! the guy playing with Cortney was Ryan Norris from Lambchop.

  3. anikainlondon April 9, 2009 at 8:03 am #

    Thanks Alan! I think I saw somewhere that she’s supporting Au Revoir Simone at Bush Hall, and I think I’m going to that Andrew Bird show too, so hopefully I’ll see her again soon.

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