Corinne West At The American Museum In Britain

Corinne West

I visited friends in Somerset a couple of weeks ago and we all ended up going to The American Museum In Britain to see Corinne West, the acclaimed American singer/songwriter.

I’d never been to or even heard of the museum before and was pretty impressed, both by it’s location and also by its general setup. Well-worth a visit if you happen to be near Bath.

American-Museum-Britain

For the concert, everyone was in seats on the terrace (see above) or else just lay on the grass – all really laid-back and comfortable and, to top-it-all, mostly blue skies and sun!

Corinne, accompanied by Doug Cox, put in a two-set performance with impressive emotion and commitment.

Overall, a really good afternoon:-) The only mistake I made was not buying a couple of her CD’s that were on sale at the time!

Corinne’s tour in the UK runs until 29 September 2009 and venues are given on her web site.

A few more details here:

Hailing from California’s Sierra Mountains, Corinne West spins tales with a voice part velvet and part grit that is both achingly penetrating and highly addictive.

Her style combines the energy of ripping bluegrass, the nostalgia of American roots, the backbone of hard country, and the smooth silky richness of traditional folk. Her debut record, Bound For The Living, has had international acclaim.

In 2008, she completed her follow-up record, Second Sight, which was produced by Mike Marshall and features Jerry Douglas, Darol Anger and Tony Furtado. Corinne has opened for many amazing artists including Patty Loveless, Rhonda Vincent, The Doobie Brothers, Dwight Yoakam, David Grisman and Asleep At The Wheel.

She is forging her own contribution to Americana music, which fuses her distinct voice with the driving steam of an American roots train. Her latest album sees a smooth change in style, yet retains Corinne’s signature riveting vocals wrapped in powerful lyrics.

The record was recorded in a remote town called Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, in a cabin converted into a studio, resting on the quiet shore of a secluded lake. The stunning setting brought the best out of Corinne and the musicians involved in The Promise, resulting in a truly superb new release.

Picture credits: David Pottinger.

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