REVIEW: THE LONDON SOULS at THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM

Brooklyn-based blues rock band The London Souls blew the roof off of The Ryman recently, and I was there to witness it with my eyes widened and my jaw touching the floor.  Lead vocalist and guitar shredder Tash Neal, who was injured in a horrific hit-and-run accident in 2012 which required him to undergo brain surgery, has made a miraculous recovery; the band released its sophomore album, Here Come the Girls, this April, and is currently on tour with the likes of Billy Idol and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
From the first note, I was captivated by this duo; drummer Chris St. Hilaire shares vocal duties with Neal.  Neal and St. Hilaire are an unassuming pair, they aren’t flashy, they don’t jump around or make a scene, but they command every inch of the stage through the power of their music.  It’s pure, straight up rock n’ roll, and they do it with perfection.  From gritty, swampy, bluesy rock tunes like “Honey,” to groovy, sassy, 60s-inspired offerings like “Alone,” this duo’s musical chemistry is obvious, their sound is lush and full, and I was left wanting so much more.

If you weren’t able to make it to the Music City for the show, don’t fret! You can see The London Souls live when they come to your neck of the woods:

  • OCT 7, The 4th Annual Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit, Austin, TX
  • OCT 8, House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • OCT 9, Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX
  • OCT 16, Magnolia Music Festival, Live Oak, FL
  • OCT 23, Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, Tyler, TX
  • OCT 25, Art Outside, Rockdale, TX
  • OCT 28, Great Hall, Exeter, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • OCT 29, Great Hall, Cardiff, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • OCT 31, Music Hall, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • NOV 1, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • NOV 3, O2 Apollo, Manchester, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • NOV 4, O2 Apollo, Manchester, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • NOV 5, Sebright Arms, London, United Kingdom
  • NOV 6, O2 BRIXTON ACADEMY, Brixton, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • NOV 7, O2 BRIXTON ACADEMY, Brixton, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • NOV 8, O2 Academy, Birmingham, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • NOV 10, Rock City, Nottingham, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • NOV 11, Corn Exchange, Cambridge, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • NOV 12, O2 Guildhall, Southampton, United Kingdom, SOLD OUT
  • JAN 2, The Fillmore, Umphrey’s McGee, Denver, CO

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