Story & Photos by John Snelson
“Warm-Up Man”. That’s how Morgan Evans modestly described his role for the main act last night at The State Theatre, warming us up for Toni Childs. He was more than just warming us up – this was good stuff in its own right. Tops in fact.
As a “warm-up man”, how did he go ? Pretty well really. His first time at The State Theatre, in front of a compact crowd making us all feel like the place was full.
Morgan has a strong voice and he certainly can sing too … two important elements. His guitar work is loud and brisk, and he commands some respect as he speaks with great confidence yet circumspectly about his work and travels.
He has been in Nashville where he did a few gigs and wrote a clutch of new songs, which he sort of tried on us last night. He was indeed rewarded by raptures of applause, so he should take away from this some good feelings about his first night at The State.
His music is we guess country-rocky-bluesy, whatever that means. It’s not country and western, it’s not rock and roll and it’s not the blues. Think Foo Fighters, U2, Bon Jovi and yes maybe even Keith Urban ungroomed is a great reference – I guess they’re the only pigeon holes that come to mind if you want to get some feeling as to what we heard and saw. Yeah, Urban Ungroomed (U2 – get it ?) .. and now you’ve got it.
Last night he was acoustic on this occasion, no band singing his own songs from the heart, well crafted, delivered and selected, sung with some ooomph and thumping rhythms. Hailing originally we understand from Newcastle and a good few years on the road since he released that debut single “Big Skies” , there is some maturity here.
Read between the lines here – John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Barnes and so many artists perform with a contrived affection and seem unable to sing in their own real accents as if there was something attractive about drawling like John Wayne. It’s not a big deal, and we don’t think that for most people it would be a detraction, in fact the majority of folks mightn’t even notice. Yeah we know – we’re pedants from the twang mafia.
He treated us to some extracts from his E.P. Live Each Day .. not too sure what an EP is these days. We guess he means that there are only 5 songs on the CD. No matter, he put us all in a good frame of mind, suitably warmed to Morgan Evans as he has no need to consider himself other than being very worthy to be on the same bill as the beautifully personable and gifted Toni Childs. Well done Morgan, a great performance indeed, we love you.
Pretty good stuff … and a great future wethinks for Morgan Evans … get out and see him at these gigs :-
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