Reviewed By: Karen Huston
March 30 marked the release of “Lost In The Trouble,” the 5th album from East Nashville’s Ned Van Go, led by songmaster, Ned Hill and produced by Michael Webb.
The Rutledge, a premiere live music venue, set the scene for what was to be a high-octane night filled with set after set of incendiary performances.
Ned Hill of Ned Van Go
The evening started with a set by the incomparable Stacie Collins, whose sexy, high energy stage presence and hot harmonica playing could melt the stage lights. With harp-heavy rockin’ and moves like Jagger, Collins primed the full house for what would be an incredible night of local music.
Next up, Jane Rose and The Deadend Boys took the stage with their sound of rockabilly with an edge. Jane Rose is reminiscent of the great Wanda Jackson, with strong, growling vocals and solid guitar skills. She kept the energy in the room at a high level and maintained the crowd in preparation for the set of the night.
When Ned Van Go hit the stage, there was such an electricity in the air. The crowd was ready to receive a fantastic show and the band was ready to deliver.
“Hog Rock Road,” Hill’s dark, raucous answer to country music’s affinity for songs about the quaint, sweet side of small town living, kicked off the set and captured the audience immediately. With each song, from the new “Lost In The Trouble” and older favorites, such as “Charlene” from “Marry a Waitress” and “So Long, I’m Gone,” from “Heartbroke City,” Ned Van Go drew in the crowd, who were now committed to being carried along, anywhere the music took them.
The best surprise of the night was when the boys interjected an acoustic set in the middle of all the fast, hard rock n roll! Bob Grant traded in his electric guitar for a mandolin, Reggie Las Vegas switched to a drum box and Viva Zappata went to his acoustic bass. Joining them on stage were fiddler,Ward Stout, Michael Webb on accordion, Bob Toevs on penny whistle. Stacie Collins reappeared for a sweet duet with Hill,”Moon Shine On You,” which was dedicated to Ned’s dad.
The rocking again resumed and the audience picked right back up where they left off.
Ned Van Go took a chance changing gears mid-show but it payed off. The crowd stayed with them right to the very end and by the last song, both the band and the audience had given every ounce of passion they possessed.
The night was capped off by one of Hill’s favorite bands, Those Crosstown Rivals from Lexington, Ky. They are hard, fast and loud and bring their own party to any room they play.
The release party for “Lost In The Trouble” delivered in every way:The talent was top-grade, the sound was primo (Frank Sass) and the crowd was involved in every note of every song.