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Buckle & Boots 2018 - Paddock Stage Chloe Chadwick


It has been a couple of years since we last crossed paths with Chloe and we were especially keen to catch up as we had yet to see her play with a full band and also as she has a new full length album of new material. Being based in primarily in the North East she is not the easiest of people to get to see.

Opening with "Feels Like Home" it was great to see the original sound of her debut EP in the flesh except this was that and more, her band were exceptionally tight and she was not going to waste a second in an extremely well paced set.

The new material on her album seems to show real progression and confidence in her songwriting, "Iamnotamachine" was already an emminently likeable tune that had its sound impressively built up by some great additional backing vocals.

Any preconception of what Chloe would or would not do were completely blown away by a high tempo Vanessa Williams cover. The set then shifted up a further gear with "I'm the one" which drew it's motivation from constantly having doors slammed on her after all as the song says "I'm the one with the dreams". It was hugely enjoyable that sped up and built up in volume as it progressed into a full scale rock and roll romp. This then fed into another high temp number "Summertime Lovin'" with the band loving every minute, on this song that had the verve of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" and had Chloe rattling off the lyrics at pace.

This short but perfectly chosen set closed with "Love Will Find A Way" a classic piece of pop country with some almost Eagles like riffs running through it. I have to admit that I was blown away by the intensity of Chloe and the band, in what was one of the highlight performances on the Paddock Stage if not the whole weekend.

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