Between stops in Denver and Minneapolis, Johnny Flynn and backing band (the Sussex Wit) stopped off in St. Louis, greeted by a much larger than expected crowd in the basement of Blueberry Hill.
Caitlin Rose opened up the evening with a vintage country sound straight out of Nashville. A few acquaintances mentioned being there just to catch Rose’s performance and seeing how she’s opened for Megafaun and Deer Tick and gets comparisons to Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, I can understand why.
While content to rest during Rose’s set, the crowd stood once London-based folk rockers Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit took the stage. Instruments were litter around Flynn’s feet and as the night went on, each one had their turn, from fiddle to trumpet to his default but super awesome (at least I thought it was) vintage guitar. The Sussex Wit provided ample accompaniment, wonderfully dropping in for vocal harmonies and kicking up the energy for Flynn’s more raucous songs. With other London folk acts blowing up lately (hello Mumford and Sons), hopefully fans enjoyed their evening being able to sing along just a few feet from the band. The next time these guys come back it might be a bigger ordeal.
Photo Notes: I haven’t shot much at Blueberry Hill, but remembered enough to have my 30mm and 50mm primes packed. Rose’s set ended up being the harder shoot, not just because of the dimmer lights, but because of the seated crowd. With such a low field of vision, especially for those sitting on the floor in front of the stage, I did a lot of squatting to avoid blocking anyone’s view and my thighs paid the price.
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