It’s been over 8 years since Beth Rowley released an album, but if you are lucky enough to see her play live and see and feel the love and support in the room you would never guess it. This year will see the release of her new material and in early February at the famous Jazz Cafe in Camden she had the chance to play some of the tracks she has been working on.
In a 13 song set she ranged from driving blues to channelling her inner Winehouse. Helped by her excellent band which featured outstanding slide guitar alongside lead and bass guitars and drums to accompany Beth’s faultless singing and occasional harmonica playing, she held the audience in the palm of her hand.
Beth Rowley has come a long way since being spotted at an open mic night at Ginglik in Shepherds Bush at the age of 17 and looking around last week’s venue there were a lot of familiar faces from the last time I watched Beth play live. In fact, with a new album due for release around October it would be nice to see Beth start to attract a whole army of new fans and on the strengths of the new tracks she played, that’s certainly possible. The talent of this lady is there for all to see as she moves effortlessly between genres and delights fans old and young who hang on her every word.
Personally, I do hope that Beth’s new album pushes her to new heights and whilst I do not think commercial success is something that motivates Beth Rowley, it seems a shame that one our most talented performers is not a household name. I implore her loyal fans to spread the word, it’s time to share!