Review: Texas Music Takeover, Covent Garden Roadhouse

Last month UK music fans were treated to a taste of Texas as some of the state’s most popular artists descended on Covent Garden’s Roadhouse for an unforgettable night. The third annual Texas Music Takeover saw a host of talented singer songwriters from the Texas music scene take to the stage, performing their hits in an acoustic set in front of an enthusiastic crowd as part of a week-long tour of London, with other venues including Bush Hall and The Borderline.

In a format similar to the CMA Songwriter’s Series, the acts took to the stage over the course of the evening in groups of three or four at a time, performing a small section of  hits on rotation. The crowd were treated to performances from the likes of Lukas Jakobsson, Jonathan Terrell, Brandon Rhyder, Sam Riggs and Koe Wetzel, as well as former contestants of the US version of The Voice: Luke Wade, Austin Allsup and and this year’s contestant, Joey Green, who all proved they were worthy contenders to the crown.

Highlights of the night included Sean Russell, who wowed the crowd with his performance, and the soulful Abraham Alexander. His impressive cover of Chris Isaac’s ‘Wicked Game’ raised the roof. Grady Spencer brought a slice of comedy to the evening with his love song dedicated to salted beef, while Kylie Rae Harris brought it home for the girls. Female musicians may have been in short supply that evening, but Kylie certainly proved her place on the line-up and threatened to steal the show with her beautiful song ‘Waited’. Closing the night alongside Sam Riggs and Koe Wetzel was Vaden Todd Lewis of The Toadies, who brought the house down in style as he performed hits ‘Possum Kingdom’ and ‘I Come from the Water’.

Texas Music Takeover was an incredible evening, ideal for both those new to the Texas music scene and hardcore fans alike, and the perfect mix of music and humour. Performed in the aptly American-style Roadhouse, the enthusiastic and supportive crowd ensured that each of the talented musicians was given a warm reception. Though not all the acts are currently household names in the UK, the event proved that they deserve further recognition.

An enjoyable night full of gifted singers, great music and an unbeatable atmosphere – long may Texas Music Takeover continue!

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