To say that Lynne Jackaman’s latest album has been a labour of love is an understatement.
Over the last four years, Lynne has released two solo EP’s, marking her first work outside of her previous classic rock outfit Saint Jude. Each of these EP’s made a huge impact, and whet our appetites for more of what is to come. But the eagerly anticipated question on her fans lips for some time has been when will Lynne’s debut solo album be released?
Jackaman’s solo work marks a change in direction from her roots, introducing a more soulful sound to her vast musical palette. Following recording sessions in Muscle Shoals, AL – Jackaman has been making sure everything is in its right place, before the final unveiling of her magnum opus. After all, you only get One Shot to make a first impression. Ironically, the latter happens to be the name of Lynne’s forthcoming record.
As Jackaman is finally approaching the finish line, the versatile singer/songwriter has been performing a select number of shows where she has been playing the record in full. Following a recent show in the capital, Lynne and her band headed North to Leeds for her first ever headline show in the city. And what better venue than the Lending Room – this being a spot, with great character, and a wonderful warm ambience, that perfectly suits the vibe for this evening’s show.
Jackaman is joined onstage by a five-piece backing band including producer/guitarist Jamie Evans, in-demand drummer Wayne Proctor, bass player Tom Williams and a soulful horn section. Of course, you can’t play this style of music without having a world-class band behind you. Collectively for roughly the next hour, this super-tight ensemble recreate the magic conjured up in Muscle Shoals and bring those timeless sounds to their West Yorkshire audience.
Lynne opens the show with Nobody’s Fault. With its sultry heavy groove, funky undertones, and horn infusion, the track bears all of the hallmarks of a soul classic. Jackaman’s soaring vocals and passionate delivery are a joy to behold from start to finish.
The second song of the set is more familiar to the audience having been featured on the Supernasty EP. Copycat in particular showcases just how much of vocal powerhouse Jackaman really is. With each verse, Lynne keeps pushing herself further, whilst simultaneously sinking heart and soul into the number.
There are many standout tracks in the set. Songs like I’ll Allow You and Red House (not to be confused with the Hendrix song of the same name) are oozing with funk. Evans guitar work in particular on these tracks catalyzes and channels that distinctive Muscle Shoals sound. I wouldn’t be surprised if either of these songs went on to become future singles – much like previous release Supernasty, they are so infectious, they just draw you in immediately.
Each of the numbers performed in the set are so deeply personal to Jackaman, and you can hear the raw emotion poured into every composition. This is particularly the case with the title track itself, along with spellbinding renditions of On My Own Stage and Beautiful Loss. The previous pair of tracks are performed by Lynne and Jamie, whilst the rest of the band catch their breath. These soul-bearing numbers add a nice change of pace mid-set.
Supernasty itself brings the tempo back up. This track being a favourite locally having been voted song of the week by Stephanie Hirst on BBC Radio Leeds, and based on tonight’s performance it’s easy to understand why.
Much like many of the tracks featured this evening, Sooner or Later is another instant favourite. The aforementioned is a future classic in the making. However, it is Nothing But My Records On that leaves the audience transfixed. This majestic number, ebbs and flows and as it progresses it unfolds into a spellbinding operatic aria, which is enough to make the hairs on your neck stand up.
After roughly an hour, the Leeds crowd are left wanting more. What can we say, based on this performance alone we can safely say that Lynne Jackaman’s debut solo album may have been a long time coming but it will certainly be worth the wait.
Event Date: 03-Sept-2019