C2C 2019 Songwriters Evening: - Cam, Travis Denning, Jimmie Allen, Laura Veltz and Ross Copperman wi
Compared to last years frankly lacklustre Songwriters evening, this was a massive return to form, if there was one hangover from 2018 it was the reappearance of considerable talking in the bar area and a procession of people seemingly unable to sit still for 90 minutes.
The evening itself saw 8 stools placed on the stage, 5 at the front for the main protagonists, three in the second row for additional guitarists, 1 for Jimmie, and 2 supporting Cam. It was Cam who was the host, who sat centre stage that kicked things off with "Diane" to many whoops in the crowd. Her outfit really caught the light and Cam was in fine voice, with her guitarists also chipping in on backing vocals. This was an excellent way to open proceedings.
Sitting to Cam's left was Laura Veltz. somewhat elfin looking, who was a little bemused at having to do press, considering herself to be a "Little staff writer from Nashville".. To match the high standard, she chose a song co written with Josh Osborne and recorded by the Eli Yong Band, "Drunk Last Night".. Laura played left handed and some help from Travis Denning on backing vocals.
To Laura's left, and also playing his guitar left handed was Travis Denning, wearing a cap, with a wry sense of humour and a voice made to sound slightly more gravelly by having to fend off a cold. He kept the momentum going with "After A Few" his single from January.
At this point ownership of the microphone went to the other end of the line to Jimmie Allen For his songs Jimmie chose to stand and his voice live far surpassed that of the of his "Mercury Lane" record from which his choice "American Heartbreaker" came from, it was warmer, richer and more personable.
Ross Copperman used to live in London and was somewhat giddy on having gone to the Houses of Parliament. His song also another Josh Osborne co write along with Matt Jenkins was recorded by Kenny Chesney and Pink. Ross's version had more the sound of a traditional singer songwriter about it, but was none the worse for that, closing out a high quality opening salvo of songs.
For Round 2, Cam opened with some stories about her time in London flying in to guest with Sam Smith. "Palace" displayed a really powerful voice and overall she just seemed to be a lot stronger vocally than when she was at C2C a couple of years earlier, this was an exceptional performance.
Laura chose a song written with Maren Morris for her second offering, "Rich" was described as a "goofy song" and Laura confided that on the record she contributes the "ker ching ker ching".
Possibly the most overtly country song so far came from Travis with the poignant ballad "Her World Or Mine" as recorded by Michael Ray. Travis from Georgia want on to say it was his favourite song of his sung by someone else before putting in a truly excellent version
Jimmie Allen again standing, gave us two songs for the price of one starting with 30 seconds or so of the Abby Anderson co write "Make Him Wait" as he had promised someone he would, but with Abby not there it was stopped and he broke into a bit of the background of "Make Me Want To" before delivering a version again more personal and heartfelt than the recorded version.
Ross Copperman gave us a version of the song recorded by Friday's headliner Keith Urban, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" even attempting to shoe horn in some English references so at one point we had John Cleese making an appearance It was enjoyable stuff even if it did end in a little bit of a shambles!.
Before Round 3 began properly there was a slight interlude as we witnessed an AMA Award being given to Ward Thomas for promoting country music outside of America. With a borrowed guitar from one of Cam's team an impromptu "Cartwheels" was performed which got a great reception,