See Julie Rhodes! Hear Her Powerful Voice!

I saw Julie Rhodes perform 2.1 times (the .1 comes from seeing her sing one song at a show with another band) prior to this CD release show at Thunder Road, a relatively new venue in the Boston area, and still I was unprepared for the powerful performance I witnessed this evening.

Julie Rhodes

Julie Rhodes

I understand that album release shows deliver a different kind of energy than other shows but the magic that poured from the stage was intense and incredible!

Julie Rhodes

Julie Rhodes

Julie is a young, Boston-based soul and blues singer whose voice is reminiscent of a combination of Etta James, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin. Not that she sounds like any one of them – it is the power of Julie’s voice that gets into my soul in the same way as those three amazing women do.

Julie Rhodes and Friends

Julie Rhodes and Friends

Julie’s debut album, released a week or so before this show, is Bound to Meet the Devil and it is stunning. Recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama at the famous FAME studios, the songs are a mix of soul, blues, gospel, and rock. The band this night was mostly the band on the album with some notable additions.

Julie Rhodes

Julie Rhodes

Jonah Tolchin on guitar, Danny Roaman on guitar, Matt Murphy on bass, Michael Bosco on drums, Brendan Moore on keys, and ‘Sonny Jim’ Clifford on harmonica comprise the band; most of them appear on the album. They were ably assisted by Jess Powers, Keri Anderson, and Sara Azriel on backing vocals, and a horn section consisting of Marc Presler on trumpet, Kat Dobbins on trombone, and Mike McLaughlin on saxophone. I apologize for not getting individual photos of all the friends; the stage was a little bit crowded!

Jonah Tolchin

Jonah Tolchin

Danny Roman

Danny Roaman

Matt Murphy

Matt Murphy

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Brendan Moore

Sonny Jim Clifford

Sonny Jim Clifford

“Go on and leave me/like another weed in your garden” is the start of ‘In Your Garden’.  That song gives me chills! Truth be told, her voice makes my spine tingle, regardless of whether she is singing an original song or a cover. Another favorite song is ‘Grinnin’ in Your Face’ which contains the line ‘A true friend is hard to find’, one of the truest things ever written.

Julie Rhodes

Julie Rhodes

For about half the set, I was up against the stage. I watched Julie enter a ‘zone’ where she hardly appeared to realize there were people in the room; she was so immersed in the music and truly poured her heart and soul into every note she sang. She was grinning from ear to ear the entire time and certainly heard and acknowledged the applause. This was an incredible experience for me, and no doubt for Julie as well.

Julie Rhodes

Julie Rhodes

There were two openers at this show. The first was Abbie Barrett and Band. I have seen Abbie’s name on the schedules of various venues I frequent, but this was my first time seeing her.

Abbie Barrett

Abbie Barrett

Her style seemed a little more punk-rock than I generally prefer but she is a talented guitarist with a good voice. Her band members are Ed Valauskas on bass, Mike Oram on guitar, and Josh Kiggans on drums.

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Mike Oram, Julie Rhodes, Ed Valauskas

Josh Kiggans

Josh Kiggans

The next opener was The Silks, a beloved band from Rhode Island. I saw them perform once a few years ago and was looking forward to hearing them again. Their style, according to their Facebook page, is rock and blues rock. There seemed to be some country rock in their music as well.

Tyler-James Kelly

Tyler-James Kelly

The Silks is Tyler-James Kelly on guitar and vocals, Jonas Parmalee on bass, and Sam Jodrey on drums. They rocked hard and got the crowd warmed up for Julie (not that we truly needed to be warmed up).

Jonas Parmalee

Jonas Parmalee

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Sam Jodrey

I predict that Julie will experience a meteoric rise to becoming a national act. She is heading to SXSW in Austin this week, and I have a feeling I will see her at the Americana Music Association Festival in Nashville later this year. From there, there should be no stopping her! Go see her now while you have the opportunity to see her in small venues.

Thanks to Julie Rhodes for the ticket; all opinions are my own.

 

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on March 12, 2016, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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