Music review: Roaming Roots Review: The Wild One Forever, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Tom Petty, king of grainy-voiced freeway rock, who died last year, was more than given his due at this effusively affectionate tribute hosted by Roddy Hart, whose Lonesome Fire '“ notably lead guitarist John Martin '“ proved a sterling house band to back performers '“ too numerous to fully name-check here '“ from both sides of the Pond who stepped up to sing their own material and Petty's.
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Roaming Roots Review: The Wild One Forever, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall ****

Among the more predictable covers, some real surprises included the slight figure of Sierra Hull, toting a mean mandolin and neatly applying her Tennessee drawl to Southern Accent, and, at the piano, Londoner Nerina Pallot demonstrating a startling vocal range before coming to the front for Petty’s Wild Flowers.

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Glasgow’s own (and snazzily suited) Rab Noakes closed the first half with the all-out rock and roll of the ultimate freeway song, Runnin’ Down a Dream, while the duo of Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae delivered a real highlight with Learning to Fly, couched in those circling guitar chords and biting slide.

There was the bluesy growl of Lera Lynn’s Breakdown, while Nova Scotia’s Joel Plaskett brought a holler from the heart to Even the Losers and joined effusive fellow-Canadian Leeroy Stagger for Refugee and The Waiting.

With everyone on stage for I Won’t Back Down and … what else but the anthemic Free Falling, it was left to Hart and his band to close the night with a suitably upbeat account of American Girl.

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