Son Little Setlist|
“I’m wearing this coat in protest”—
Son Little would soon after shake off the outside cold, start taking off layers, and get down to a spirited and soulful appearance of new magic at the Turf Club in St. Paul, on a crisp late fall evening.
The night began with a short opening solo performance from London alt-country singer-songwriter Jade Bird in support of her first EP, Something American (Glassnote Records) , released in July.
Bird has a delightful and somewhat cheeky demeanor, with a vocal twang similar in parts to Jake Bugg (enough so that they should collaborate and call themselves A Bird and a Bugg) and started with the strumming ‘Run and Hide’ and bluesy ‘I’ll Be There’.
Her Pixies cover that melded a high-speed Drake rap was vocally revelatory, mashing her siren-like wails against machine-gun verse and radio hit ’Cathedral’ (that first dazzled us seeing her on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) soared to heights beyond the venue’s rafters. At just nineteen and with the unreleased songs sounding equally strong, her future is bright and one worth watching.
The music of Philadelphia’s Son Little simmers with a slow burn, an ideal elixir to warm the enraptured crowd on a chilly weekend evening. AKA Aaron Livingston, the alt-soul/R&B singer-songwriter took to a darkened stage (not dark enough for his guitarist apparently, who still wore sunglasses) with no fanfare, beginning his eighty-minute set with the new ‘Miss Ona Henrietta’, from third full-length, New Magic (Anti- Records).
New album opener ‘Kimberly’s Mine’ exploded with a brash guitar flourish to finish and ‘O Me O My’ exposed Livingston’s son of a preacher roots with its gospel, blues backbone.
The audience crooned “ooh baby” on cue for the soulful ‘Bread and Butter’, ‘Demon in the Dark’ brooded before expanding into an epic instrumental, and the crowd clapped along double-time for the poppy ‘Blue Magic’ (“that was fun” Livingston demurely said following).
With a style of soul/blues music often hazy and curiously wandering, building from a whisper, Son Little’s music demands full attention, whether it be on main set closer 'Charging Bull', or the encore opening ‘Loser Blues’.
Country club transformed to juke joint for the evening’s closer, 2015’s ‘The River’ as sharp guitar licks drove alongside an accelerated rockabilly bass and drum beat, to end the night with a firecracker.
Able to get past the outdoor chill and ably warm up the Turf Club crowd, Son Little showed St. Paul that both soul and blues can be hot as well as cool, and there’s also still some new magic in the genre, to keep it thriving.
Remaining tour dates:
Son Little Tour Dates
11/25/17 Wolverhampton, UK Civic Hall
11/27/17 Newport, UK Centre
11/28/17 Bristol, UK Colston Hall
11/30/17 Manchester, UK Albert Hall
12/01/17 Manchester, UK Albert Hall
12/02/17 Liverpool, UK Echo Arena
12/03/17 Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen
12/04/17 Birmingham, UK Hare & Hounds
12/05/17 London, UK Omeara
12/07/17 Cologne, Germany Club Bahnhof
12/08/17 Berlin, Germany Bi NUU
12/09/17 Hamburg, Germany Indra Club 64
12/11/17 Paris, France La Maroquinerie
12/12/17 Reims, France La Cartonnerie
12/13/17 Rouen, France Le 106
12/14/17 Brussels, Botanique Wiltoof Bar
12/15/17 Amsterdam, Nl Bitterzoet
05/19/18 Gulf Shores, AL Gulf Shores Public Beach
Jade Bird Tour Dates
02/28/18 Bristol, UK The Louisiana
03/01/18 Norwich, UK Waterfront
03/02/18 Nottingham, UK Bodega Social Club
03/04/18 Brighton, UK The Green Door
03/05/18 London, UK Village Underground
03/06/18 Birmingham, UK Hare & Hounds
03/08/18 Glasgow, UK The Poetry Club
03/09/18 Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK Think Tank
03/10/18 Salford, UK The Eagle Inn
03/11/18 Leeds, UK Oporto
04/27/18 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival
Son Little at Turf Club, St. Paul (18 Nov 2017)