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July 26, 2007

James Morrison: First Act Guitar Studio & The Paradise, Boston MA 7.19.07

As we all know by now, I’m a sucker for any musician with a British accent. I got to see UK newcomer James Morrison perform twice this past week at an in-store performance at First Act Guitar Studio, and later that night at the Paradise. Although he didn’t perform at the John Mayer show this past week at the Garden, he just began his gig as opening act for the rest of Mayer’s summer tour, so I was excited that I got to see him play in 2 extremely intimate venues.

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I would say that his voice sounds like a smooth combination of Ray LaMontagne’s and Rod Stewart’s, but you would never believe that someone with a voice like his is only 22 years old. At the short radio-sponsored show at First Act, he played “This Boy,” a cover of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” and the title track to his album, “Undiscovered.” He played acoustic guitar and was backed by his keyboardist, so the focus was all on his vocals. Some of the fans had traveled from as far as Washington, DC to see James in Boston, so it was obvious they were ecstatic to be sitting 3 feet away from him at this intimate show with only about 25 people in the audience.

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Later that night at his sold-out show at the Paradise, a dimly-lit rock club that accommodates about 600 people, it was a much different scene than at the in-store. James played with a full 4-piece band, displaying much more energy than you’d expect out of a little guy playing an acoustic guitar and singing love songs, and rocking out as much as someone playing an acoustic guitar could possibly rock out throughout the whole show. His voice sounded great, and the songs were much more dynamic with the full band playing. He started the show with the catchy “Under the Influence,” and played most of the rest of his debut album, including “Undiscovered,” “You Give Me Something,” “One Last Chance,” “This Boy,” “Wonderful World,” a solo acoustic version of the ballad “Better Man,” and several others. He surprised the audience with an energetic, bluesy cover of “I Love That Dirty Water” in the middle of the show, winning over the excited Boston crowd, as is expected whenever that song is played in this city. The encore began with a simple, slower song called “The Last Goodbye,” accompanied only by his acoustic guitar and a piano, and the show ended with an energized version of “Call the Police.” This young Chris Martin look-alike has definitely become a rising star in the US music scene, and it’s obvious by the sincerity and talent he displays in his live show that he will continue to be successful.

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Emily

British is always a good choice = great cars
(MG, XKE), great TV shows (Monty Python)!

Way to go, Melissa.

Devon

DANG you hit up some shows last week! I think James' would be great in concert. Thanks for the review. I'm checking back everyday for the Hanson review *hint hint*

Michael

You dominated concerts this week. rediculous.

DiZ

YOU MEET EVERYONE!!

DiZ

YOU MEET EVERYONE!!

Marcus

You love the british!! I just was checkign dates you've been going to tons of shows Jelous!

Michael

once again. you meet everyone.

Danielle

You get pictures w/ everyone.

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