Lucy Blu - Buckle & Boots 2021 Paddock Stage
The sound teams at Buckle & Boots undoubtedly do a fantastic job in resetting things between acts, turning them round in record times, and yet each year there always seem to be one that is a little problematic and for whatever reasons this year it was Lucy Blu who had to suffer a lengthy delay as seemingly every cable was replaced.
It is not the ideal preparation with which to begin your set however she never let it phase her and came out of the traps flying with a show that pulled together a lot of the excellent work that she had done over the last few years.
A loud American police siren finally announced that things were ready to go with "Bonnie & Clyde", with Tom Wright ( surely the weekends busiest man!) providing a beautiful range of guitar lines while Lucy added the vocals to get things off to a flying start.
There was no time to be wasted and immediately we running through "Things That Shine" with Lucy taking to holding the microphone to deliver the odd cheeky line and the gentleman of the band providing excellent backing vocals to add to the overall sound.
Lucy was not all up temp pop rockers though and "All This Time" was initially just Lucy and acoustic guitar, with the band gradually joining in to build the atmosphere. This song saw Lucy acting out the song with a myriad of expressive hand expressions to provide additional emphasis.
Every country show needs a good murder song and "Bulletproof" started in rawkus style with some pounding drums and Tom's initial guitar work. the song was delivered by Lucy at at breakneck speed and was hugely enjoyable.
Strapping on her acoustic guitar for "Row Your Own" Lucy delivered a perfect piece of pop music while her take on Little Mixes "Shout Out To My Ex" even won over her own band who initially were a little dubious about the choice. Surprisingly the addition of some banjo and some Americana guitar work did successfully transform this into something completely different than what you might expect.
By now the band were absolutely flying "Tequila Made Me Do It" was great fun with another rocking guitar solo and Lucy's enthusiastic vocal. Everything finally reached peak performance for the final song "Only Just Begun", surely Lucy's finest moment closing out a set that was well worth the wait with Lucy making full use of every single minute keeping her chat to a minimum to pack in as much as she could.