Last week Lyric Magazine had the pleasure of heading to The Borderline in London for Country Music’s Week to see some great acts; including Jillian Jacqueline, Temecula Road and Eric Paslay.
With The Borderline being such a hip, yet intimate venue, as soon as we walked in, the atmosphere was buzzing and the crowd were ready for some country Music.
Jillian Jacqueline took to the stage first and instantly made the audience warm to her with a short intro about herself and a few backstories about some of the songs she would be singing. Starting the set with the sarcastic and sassy song ‘Holier than thou’, Jacqueline had the audience swaying and singing along and this didn’t stop as her set continued with some of her great songs, such as ‘Sugar and Salt’ and her hit ‘Reasons’. With all her music being so relatable. We are sure that she gained even more fans after her great performance last night. The singer even mingled with the audience after and took pictures with her fans, which was lovely.
Temecula Road followed shortly after with an incredible performance. The band consists of Dawson, Maddie & Emma and it is mind blowing to know that this group is formed of 3 teenagers and although age is just a number, it is so great to see how evidently hard working they are, not to mention the extreme amount of professionalism and maturity that they all showed so well. The group had the fans singing along as soon as they started singing ‘What If I Kissed You’. They were constantly engaging with the crowd and kept up the great energy throughout. The trio brought the crowd to a standstill when they covered The Eagles classic ‘Desperado’, just an acoustic guitar and their perfect harmonies made us all watch in awe as they sang the song with so much emotion that we could all feel it too.
Temecula Road brought the crowd right back up again with a cover or Maren Morris’ ‘My Church’, literally the whole audience were clapping and singing along to this as I am sure we were all relating to the incredible song. The band also sang one of their hit singles ‘Hoping’, which is extremely catchy, before ending the set with their new single ‘Everything Without You’, another fantastically written song, full of emotion that had the audience instantly mesmerized with the combination of their great voices.
The 3 of them were kind enough to go into the audience after, take pictures with fans and even take the time to have some chats. We had a lovely talk with Dawson, who spoke about their jetlag and followed with how incredibly grateful they were to be here, playing in London again. He asked us questions as well as talking to us about where he was from, which was South Carolina, as well as being so thankful for everyone who came out. We must say that the time he took to talk to us, was much appreciated and it just adds more to the fact that although these guys are still young, they will certainly go far if they continue with the work they are doing and continue with the great appreciation of their fans. If you haven’t already, be sure to check these guys out!
The gig ended with a show stopping set from Eric Paslay, who explained that one of his favourite ways to perform is with an acoustic guitar and an intimate setting… so he was certainly in the write place. He covered ‘Angel Eyes’ by Love and Theft which had the crowd going and continued to by singing some of his hits, such as ‘She Don’t Love you’. His incredible voice filled the venue, especially when covering the Elvis classic ‘Always On My Mind’.
Eric was very talkative and connected with the audience with many stories and some moving words for the lives lost in the Vegas shootings. One of the last songs he sang was an uplifting version of ‘Free Fallin’ by the late, great Tom Petty. Eric Pasley then jumped off the stage to sign autographs and take pictures with all his fans.
We could not have asked for a better night of country music and all the artists gave such amazing performances. These are all acts that we would absolutely love to see at C2C next year.