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Bree Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge – 7/26/2013 – Podcast 253

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    Posted on 8/10/2013

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    Bree

    It was another music filled July night in Nashville, TN as new artist Bree performed in the historic Cannery at The Mercy LoungeBree recently did a media blitz to push her album debut, “All American Girl”.  This show wasn’t necessarily a show for the media, but a show for her friends as she celebrated her birthday, which is why Concert Blast wanted to be a part of it.  Mike Arnold covered this concert review by himself due to Brian Hasbrook being on vacation and Tom Thompson having a last minute family emergency.  Mike started the podcast with a short talk with Bree, then stepped through each song of her performance.  After the show Mike spoke with the drummer, David Castello and a post show discussion with Bree before his recap and rating.  Enjoy our 253rd podcast and/or read the written blog on the Bree Concert Review!

    Written by Mike Arnold
    After listening to Bree’s debut album, “All American Girl”, I was anxious to see Bree perform live in concert.  The opportunity came when I met Bree after a recent Pat Benatar concert as we were enjoying a fun conversation with Pat’s bassist, Mick Mahan and legendary singer/guitarist Billy BurnetteBree invited Concert Blast to her birthday celebration concert and immediately handed me four VIP tickets.

    Bree-DrumOnce I arrived at The Mercy Lounge on the night of the concert (after showing my ID to the door man to prove I was old enough to enter – I’m 55!), I watched bits of the opening acts, The Cultivation and The Paranormals.  I spotted Bree talking with fans in the crowd and then we headed off backstage to start our podcast.
    I returned out front with my complementary set list in hand and began preparing for the show.  After the stage was set with David Castello on drums, Mayrk McNeely on standup bass, and Bree’s Marshall amp and her Flying V guitar set up and ready, she came out for a quick monitor check, said hello to the fans, then immediately went into her show by opening with, “Dance All Night”.  This selection was a nice way to get the crowd into the show immediately.  Bree continued with my favorite sounding song on her record as the drummer pounded out the intro to “I’m The Boss”.  Bree said while laughing, “If anyone knows me, they know I like to be the Boss!

    Bree and Mayrk McNeely in Concert

    Bree and Mayrk McNeely in Concert

    There was very little time in between songs as Bree and company continued from one song into the next with leaving very little time for talking.  When there was time for talking, it was only one-liners to introduce the next song… just the way we like it!  Bree said this next song was very special to her as she cranked up the intro power chords of, “You Can’t Take the Heart Out of Me”.

    Bree took time to introduce the other two members of her band, David Castello on drums and Mayrk McNeely on the standup bass before Bree gave her guitar a strum and then continued the beginning of “All American Girl” with a chorus of the song by herself before the band kick started the number by joining in to give the song the punch as it is displayed on the record.  As the show continued, drummer David Castello showed off his intro beat to start the rocker, “Nothin’ But Trouble”.  Bree cut up with some fans down front before continuing with another upbeat song, “Forbidden Fruit”.

    Bree's drummer, David Castello in Concert

    Bree's drummer, David Castello in Concert

    Bree introduced the next tune by saying this is a song dedicated to a very special lady.  Here is somewhat an autobiographical tune written about the wonderful relationship that Bree had with her mom before her passing at an early age as they performed, “I Hope You’re Smiling”.  The lyrics, “Momma, wherever you may be, I hope you’re smiling, watching over me.” For those who haven’t heard about her mom’s untimely death, it is a very sad story and I encourage you to read or listen to one of Bree’s interviews as she describes her mom’s death, the days of her youth, and the relationship (or lack thereof) with her father.  It’s amazing she can still smile today!
    The show continued with David playing a familiar percussion that the fans recognized instantly and began to scream with approval and dance as Mayrk and Bree joined in on the song, “Whisky”.  To close the normal set, the drums introduced another dance/rock tune, “Heart and Soul”.

    Bree and Mayrk McNeely in Concert

    Bree and Mayrk McNeely in Concert

    The highlight of this song, and the show, was watching Bree stand on top of Mayrk’s upright bass as he continued playing.  As Bree stood there it seemed that everyone in the club had their cell phone cameras out (or normal cameras) taking photos of the tall red head posing like a model (Hey Bree, I want to see you do this with heels on!).  Of course Bree was loving it as she posed for the cameras while pointing a finger in the air. Bree jumped down from the bass and ended the song with the band.  She then took off her Flying V guitar, thanked the crowd, and left the stage with David and Mayrk.  The crowd demanded more and more they got as Bree and her band members returned to end the night with another upbeat song to keep the crowd energized, “Not Today”.  Bree thanked everyone for coming out to celebrate her birthday with her as she left the stage for the final time of the night.

    After the show I spoke with drummer David Castello on his thoughts of the show and he thought that Bree was on her best game that night.  Bree also said she thought the show was amazing and appreciated the enthusiastic crowd.

    Bree in Concert

    Bree in Concert

    My thoughts on the show was I enjoyed the great guitar rock songs, the uniqueness of the band performing live, Bree’s live voice sounding as good as the studio recordings, and the fun, clean show!  What really caught my attention was David Castello’s drum beats.  I love his style and the way he plays a simple kit.  Another highlight was watching bassist Mayrk McNeely playing the standup bass in a rock band, especially with Bree standing on top of it!  Although Bree is not the shredder guitarist that we normally see in a three-piece band, she really doesn’t need to be by the way the songs are written and produced.  I am a fan of the album, “All American Girl”, which is the reason I wanted to cover this show, and encourage everyone to pick up a copy.  As for the Concert Blast scale with 0 being a terrible show and a 10 describes the best show ever, I will give this show an 8.0.  The reason for the deduction is due to having a very short show of only 45 minutes, which is unacceptable as a headliner.  She performed every song on her album with the exception of “Do Ya Wanna Love Me”, which is another good song.  I know they have others they could have embedded into the show and for my personal taste, I would have inserted a cover song in the middle (even if it was an older blues rock tune) and I would have loaded the encore full of cover songs (or a medley of covers).  This was her birthday party celebration, so I would have turned the show into a party on the encore.  She could have gotten the crowd to sing along on certain numbers.  That’s one thing Bree may want to add to her shows.  Get the crowd involved!  To answer the question, “Will I go see Bree perform again in concert?You bet I will and I encourage you to do the same!
    Written by Mike Arnold


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