Chantel McGregor lets loose as she unleashes her new album Lose Control at the ARC Stockton.

McGregor’s phenomenal sophomore album is set for its official release on October 9th, but after a recent album launch at the legendary 100 Club in London Chantel heads back up North to treat her Teesside fans to a taste of her latest offering live. Lose Control sees Chantel transitioning from her blues roots and really breaking those shackles with a much more hard rock orientated sound. This move really suits Chantel’s style of play.

Opening the show with “Caught Out” from her debut album Like No Other, it’s not long before we get our first taste of the new material with the hard rocking “Burn Your Anger”. The set heats up with “Your Fever” with it’s crunchy guitar riffs. “Southern Belle” has such an incredibly catchy chorus line, if it doesn’t take a hold of you and make you want to sing along it’s time to check your pulse. BBC Radio 2 would agree, as they have also been giving the track some airplay of late.

“Walk On Land” truly is one of the standout tracks of the set, it features the mother of solos, each of which when performed live is improvised and unique. All this whilst the rhythm section of Keith Mcpartling (drums) and Alex Phillips (bass) maintain a tight rolling groove throughout. “Home” and “Anaesthetize” form an acoustic interlude in the set and really showcase Chantel’s beautiful vocals. “Eternal Dream” is the only track from the new CD not featured in the set tonight.

Despite the focus of Chantel’s new album there is still room in the set for a few tracks from her debut album including the pop/rock number “Fabulous”, the vampire inspired “I’m No Good For You” but it’s her spellbinding rendition of Robin Trower’s “Daydream” which leaves the audience breathless.

Chantel brings the evening to a close with the new number “Take The Power”, for which we believe there will be an imminent new video release coming soon. Following the release of Lose Control, the sky really is the limit for Chantel McGregor.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam’s work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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