Bethany Conner and Troy Millette at On Tap Bar & Grill, Julia Beerworth and Josh Glass at Bleu Northeast Seafood, and The Mountain Says No & Savage Hen at Finnegan’s July 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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Bethany Conner pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music in our community tonight. I worked a 9-5:30 shift then drove straight to Essex. As I walked up through the parking lot I could hear Troy Millette Music and Bethany Conner Music singing together. I got in and settled and Bethany left the stage and Troy continued his set. He told a story about truckers listening to his music and how the next song was #18 on an overnight long haul country station. Ghosts sounded great as he contemplated what was waiting on the other side after he died. He plugged his upcoming August 17th album release and said he would be opening for Live and Counting Crows the next day. His version of Round Here was unique and poignant. His in-between song banter was top shelf as he played a song called Brothers, which will be the first song on his upcoming album. He asked if we wanted a Beatles song or a mashup. Mashup won and he played a bunch of songs I did not know, but sounded vaguely familiar. I think he said there was some Taylor Swift in there and at he end had us let our inner Whitney Houston out. He closed the night with the first few verses of Freebird then dropped it into Let It Be. He is such a wonderful talent.

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Troy Millette pic by Tim Lewis

Bethany took the stage to a noisy food and drink ordering patio bar and fiercely cut through it with her songs. She played a song about being twisted and one about doing laundry for the first song and wondering if she was ever going to be able to make it through life. Her dad, Greg Conner joined her on the cajon on that one, and several others during the set. She played a heartfelt version of Linger then asked when you’re going to come around, you’re going to come around. Jumper was cool then she played a song from her upcoming EP. Believe in me like I believe in you was just great and had a nicely complex rhythm. Ho Hey was familiar and fun then she played a song about regretting nothing. She sang about colliding and how I love you when you’re singing that song. She reminisced about feeling like she would be anything you wanted her to be, but it had an eye to the future where that is not the ideal. Drops of Jupiter was cool and the Drift Away ending only made it more fun. Wonderwall was fun then she played a sweet old original called Josie. The A Team was fun then she went back to Train for Soul Sister. She played a very gentle version of Landslide then played an original about how she has seen the end and everything will be OK. A new song called Anchor was stunning then she sang about the one that got away. She sang about knowing what lay at the end of summer and not wanting it to end then played a cool song called Perfect. She played a short song from her first ep about sweet dreams and closed the 24 song set with Ex’s And Oh’s. I loved her new songs, her powerhouse voice, and can’t wait for the next album.

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Bethany and Greg Conner pic by Tim Lewis

I drove home, did a quick turnaround, then took the walk downtown to Bleu Northeast Seafood. Julia Beerworth and Josh Glass were on stage as I got in and settled. They were singing about how everything is about you. What’s In California lit me up hard then they followed with Here Comes The Sun. They played a sweet Julia song about a House On A Hill then closed the set with Dylan’s Oh, Sister. I chatted with Josh for a bit in the break and settled back in as he played a cool new song called Miles Above Me. Julia returned for a song about getting rich and buying our parent’s houses. Dylan’s I Want You was great but their version of One More Cup Of Coffee sent chills down my spine. They played another Julia song about an old Oak Tree, then played Angel From Montgomery. I thought they were kidding about playing some Zeppelin but Tangerine was sweet. It was getting late so I ducked out the door as they played Let It Bleed into Honky Tonk woman. They sounded so nice.

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Julia Beerworth and Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

I walked over to Finnegan’s and it was just about time for The Mountain Says No to play. They opened hard and heavy with Restaurant then released the glory of King Grifter. I Know Right rocked hard and Iron And Metal kept the glory factor high. Right Bright Lord was searing and Eggshell rocked hard. They throttled back a tiny amount for 3,000 Incubators then jammed out Ricky The Rider. They took us to incredible heights with Machu Picchu and eased back into searing territory with If You Lie. Gazerbeam started slow and had a nice build and they closed with a blistering version of The Bomb. It was so great to see and hear them.

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

Savage Hen followed with a set so heavy most metal became instantly jealous. They played songs such as Voodoo Revenge and Alabama Swamp Skin. They sang about seats that were taken and a clever girl. They took us to the edge of the world then spoke of Local Lore. They played a long song about the wolf and a 36 second song called Curtain Call. They hit us hard with one more before calling it a night.

I ducked out quickly and took the lovely walk home. I know I missed a ton of music tonight, but I caught a lot and loved it all.

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Savage Hen pic by Tim Lewis

 

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