Soo’s Reviews
THE THORNHILLS  - 3 DEC '17 It was Liverpudlian duo The Thornhills who gave us a good night at Fred's this week. They have been on the country circuit since 1975 and are very professional and being brothers their harmonies are second to none. I loved "I Wouldn't Change You For The World", "She Was My Only One" and my favourite, "I Can Dream". Nice voices, superb harmonies mixed with some comedy - an all-round enjoyable evening. NEXT WEEK  -  TWIN FALLS Soo KALIBRE  -  26 NOV '17 It seems a while since we saw Kalibre at Fred's but their return was worth waiting for. We had the usual evening of pure country music.  They are always a pleasure to listen to and never disappoint, and are a firm favourite with Fred's audience. NEXT WEEK  -  THE THORNHILLS Soo NIGEL SLATER  -  19 NOV '17 A new face at Fred's and new to me, Nigel has been into country music since he was young, brought up by 2 country music-loving parents in Preston. He was one half of Blue Rodeo duo; he has a professional attitude, changing clothes 3 times.  It's my view we were treated to one of the finest male voices we have heard this year.  He also enjoys playing the guitar and playing it really well and there were plenty of songs we don't hear so often. An enjoyable evening - I would love to see him again. NEXT WEEK  -  KALIBRE Soo TRAVIS LOGAN  -  12 NOV '17 A real country night with a real country gentleman.  Travis is such a genuine person and I truly believe a real cowboy, heart and soul. He takes us along with us with one classic song rolling into the next.  I loved his acoustic number "Alamo" . Although the attendance was smaller than usual his rapport with the audience left us on a high. A great natural entertainer. NEXT WEEK  -  NIGEL SLATER Soo HAYDEN ALLEN  -  5th NOV '17 It seems ages since we had Hayden here.  He always gives us an enjoyable evening. Andy accompanied him for the second time.  He sings too and is great on guitar.  Hayden also seems to love watching him play. I enjoyed "Country Boy". A good evening.  Hope they come back soon - please! NEXT WEEK  -  TRAVIS LOGAN Soo JOHN DOHERTY  -  29th OCT '17 I enjoyed John's 2nd appearance at Fred's. He comes across as a friendly young man with a professional attitude. As well as the wide range of old songs we seldom hear, he sang newer songs by new artistes like Mo Pitney and Drake White. His voice is very good and I'd like to see him again, although I understand he is booked up for next year. NEXT WEEK  -  HAYDEN ALLEN Soo IAN HYLAND BAND  22 OCT '17 It was a good night for this band's second visit. Five professional musicians gave us a good selection of songs - not too much chat, they just got on with it. Arron was on lead guitar and also sang with Ian and solo. He took over when Ian's microphone needed new batteries.  Very slick! An all-round pleasant evening. NEXT WEEK  -  JOHN DOHERTY Soo GYPSY QUEEN  -  15 OCT '17 As soon as I saw the members of this band I knew we were in for a good night. They were Paul, also in Fools Gold; his daughter Melissa and Neil McAlley, Paul's partner in Fools Gold before Paul's wife Debbie. They sang separately and together - Mel has the voice of an angel although it was a little hard to hear every word - it may have been the microphone. That night I dreamt they took me back to Liverpool to spend a few days with them.  Maybe my love of country is getting out of hand! NEXT WEEK  -  IAN HYLAND BAND Soo CHRIS RADDINGS  -  1 OCT '17 This week it seemed all the line dancers from everywhere had descended on us. Like last time Chris came the floor was full.  It was definitely an evening for the dancers, although he sings a good mix of country and has a nice voice. NEXT WEEK -  BADLANDS Soo JERRY KILGORE supported by NICKY JAMES and JORDAN MOGEY  - 23 SEPT '17 The second of two big shows Fred has given us this year.  First on was Nicky James and State of the Heart band.  Nicky promotes these shows and is very popular as he has a good voice, but when is he going to stop repeating that Buck Owens medley? It's really boring now. Next, the return of Jordan Mogey with his rich deep country voice.  He's one to watch for the future. After the break, top spot and second time at Fred's came Jerry Kilgore.  He gave us a good show.  He only sang three of his hits but a good mix of songs and he thoroughly entertained us. NEXT WEEK  -  CHRIS RADDINGS Soo SAVANNAH  -  17th SEPT '17 The audience was a bit sparse this week but hopefully holiday season is over now and it's back to normal from next week. This duo gel well together - Chrissie has a nice voice and I especially enjoyed her Patsy Cline number. Mark also sings and plays the guitar and together they sound good. NEXT WEEK  -  JERRY KILGORE (USA), NICKY JAMES and STATE OF THE HEART and JORDAN MOGEY Soo BEST OF FRIENDS  -  10th SEPT '17 A lovely evening of pure gentle country songs.  We heard tracks by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and a mention of losing another country great, Don Williams - they played 3 of his many songs. I really enjoyed their material and Steve never forgets Froggy! I liked Steve's Stetson better than a cap. Keep it Country! NEXT WEEK  -   SAVANNAH Soo IVOR JAMES  -  27 AUG '17 First time at Fred's for Ivor James.  He did sing one song with Larry Gatlin when Ivor came to see his show. He started with line dance songs but I preferred him singing ballads. NEXT WEEK  -  THE THRILLBILLIES Soo BLUE HORIZON  -  20 AUG '17 If its possible, Christine's voice seems to sound better at every visit to Fred's. She is also a good entertainer and is ably supported by Mike and Dave. As well as their usual mix of material, we also heard 2 acoustic numbers, a bluegrass track and they asked for requests from the audience.  We could not wish for more. A lovely evening. NEXT WEEK  -  IVOR JAMES Soo PHIL and KEN  13 AUG '17 There was quite a few in to see this duo - many were strangers to Fred's - fans I would say as Phil knew their names and they enjoyed his jokes. Phil played a couple of acoustic numbers and only one song I have never heard called "A House With No Curtains". NEXT WEEK  -  BLUE HORIZON Soo   BLACK STEEL  -  6 AUG '17 I always enjoy the material this duo bring - a good mix of country songs suiting both listeners and dancers. Nice to have the fiddle from Jimmy - wish we could have more in bands like we used to. A pleasant evening - Gill celebrated her 80th birthday and was given one of their CDs - very nice of them. NEXT WEEK  -  PHIL & KEN Soo CLINT BRADLEY BAND  -  30 JULY '17 When we have a new band at Fred's and they are different it naturally splits the audience opinion.  I would say the majority enjoyed them. This traditional 4-piece band were Dave Luke - guitar and mandolin, Danny Kelly - drums, Connie Everard - double bass, and lead singer Clint Bradley.  He could not help showing his enthusiasm for traditional country and had a good voice. We heard a lot of his own songs, also cowboy songs, and one I love - Rodney Crowell's "Long And Lonesome Highway". NEXT WEEK  -  BLACK STEEL Soo MIDNIGHT TRAIN  -  23rd JULY '17 I enjoyed this week with the return of Midnight Train. They no longer have Bob Drickle playing with them but Bob Steelman, lead singer and guitar, and Iain Duncan, guitar and pedal steel are both excellent musicians. I loved hearing all the country info and I must mention how clearly Bob sang - we could hear every word.  My friend Gill heard the words to Pam Tillis' "Blue Roses" for the first time. I'm sure Fred will have them back. NEXT WEEK  -  CLINT BRADLEY BAND Soo AMERICAN ROUTES  -  16th JULY '17 We had a few people back this week to see this trio. They were last here a year ago due to Irene suffering back problems.  We heard a few new songs from them - mainly line dance - including "Walking Away" and "Angelina". NEXT WEEK  -  MIDNIGHT TRAIN Soo GAMBLER  -  9th JULY 2017 As its holiday season we had a smaller audience this week to watch this duo. Pete and Geoff gel well and seem to enjoy playing together. Some songs they sang were "First Fool In Line", "Champagne Promise" and "One Way Ticket". I think I am correct in realising that Pete used to be in Cajun Moon band. A good night. NEXT WEEK  -  AMERICAN ROUTES Soo BEST OF FRIENDS  -  2nd JULY '17 I enjoyed last night with Best Of Friends. Another gentle laid-back evening with old country songs and plenty of Froggy! Steve and Middy will be back in September. NEXT WEEK  -  GAMBLER Soo KALIBRE  -  25th JUNE '17 We had another relaxed evening we always have when Kalibre come to Fred's. Country at it's best. NEXT WEEK  -  BEST OF FRIENDS Soo WILL BANISTER (USA) supported by JORDAN MOGEY and JAKE CARTER  -  18 JUN '17 Nicky James and State Of The Heart kicked off this special night with Nicky singing his usual medley of Buck Owens songs. Next came Jake Carter - younger brother of  Daniel Carter riding high in Ireland.  He is a good-looking charismatic young man full of charm and bags of confidence.  He gave us an upbeat half hour and I'd like to see him again. Then we had a return visit from Jordan Mogey with a voice like Johnny Cash - he of course sang Johnny Cash songs, also Hank Williams and Jim Reeves etc. After the break the 2nd visit of Will Banister from New Mexico USA.  He sang "Turned Her On To Country" and "I've Never Been Any Other Way" from his first CD.  He also sang a Merle Haggard medley and many more. The room was packed again like on his last visit. NEXT WEEK  -  KALIBRE Soo