Josh Rouse and Tim Keegan at Pocklington Arts Centre - November 22nd 2004
By Nick Quantrill
Pocklington Arts Centre is a beautifully intimate all seated venue.
It's the perfect venue for tonight's gig. With high sound quality and acoustics, it's no
wonder so many acts speak well of this little known venue. Tonight saw one of America's finest
singer-songwriters, Josh Rouse, take to its stage and the capacity crowd were treated
to what may be the last chance to catch Rouse in such a small arena.
Opening the evening was Tim Keegan, frontman of alt-country band,
Departure Lounge. Keegan performed an enjoyable 45 minute set that encompassed material from
Departure Lounge's fine country-tinged album Out Of Here as well as previewing new
material from his forthcoming solo debut album.
Old favourites like The New You were intermingled with excellent,
more reflective new material like La Vie Normale.
Cutting an unusual figure on stage, what Keegan lacked in stage presence he
compensated for with the enthusiastic performance of his stylish, melodic material
that worked as well solo as they do with a full band.
The thoughtful lyrics demonstrated a genuine talent and his album is likely to be one to look out for in 2005.
I was a little concerned prior to the gig as to how Rouse was going to pull this gig off.
Listening to his records you hear an artist who obviously spends a lot of time in the studio
working up textured layers of sound.
All his recordings are beautifully crafted and often contain a wide mixture of instrumentation.
This is particularly evident on the album being promoted on this tour, 1972.
1972 is a tribute to the year of Rouse's birth and is quite a departure from his earlier recordings.
While his previous three albums were said to be a loose trilogy and pay homage to his
upbringing in Nebraska, they contain fairly standard singer-songwriter material never
really likely to challenge the genres big hitters like Ryan Adams.
1972 sees Rouse take off in a different, much more interesting direction and jump
clear of his also-ran status.
As befitting an album entitled 1972, it's a real melting pot of musical ideas from the
early 1970s and is an extremely brave artistic move.
Directions from Rouse's Home album was featured in the Tom Cruise movie Vanilla Sky.
Lesser musicians would have tried to replicate this sound and break through to the mainstream.
Clearly, success for Josh Rouse will be on his own terms.
Concentrating primarily on 1972, Rouse utilised only a guitar, harmonica and the clever use
of his guitar body to add percussion to convincingly portray the songs.
The lush arrangements on record were stripped down to their bare bones, and this
brought the best out of the material.
Playing the bouncy pop song, Love Vibration, early in the set was a clever move as the call
and response interplay with the audience on the chorus had the audience eating out of
his hand despite a somewhat awkward stage presence.
The all too short set included a few older favourites from Rouse's Under Cold Blue Stars album, a
duet with Tim Keegan on the knock-about fun of Slaveship as well as a handful of new tracks.
With Winter In The Hampton's sounding like a future single, Rouse's new album, due
14th February 2005, promises to be another great artistic leap forward.
Josh Rouse has all the necessary ingredients to go onto greater things as he works towards
the release of his forthcoming album Nashville.
A clever mix of intelligent songwriting together with challenging musical ideas and a
fine pop sensibility will ensure this.
It would be no surprise if he were to shortly become a bigger draw in the music world and leave
the likes of Ryan Adams in his wake.
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