April 9, 2014 Lullwater Live at The Barbary Philadelphia, PA 4-3-14
It is a really great feeling to be present to watch a city fall in love with a band. Philadelphia, PA has been romanced by Athens, Georgia’s Lullwater of late with their second performance in a few weeks on Thursday April 3rd as an opening act for fellow Georgians, Passafire, at the intimate The Barbary.
Taking the stage with energy and excitement Lullwater made the most of their opening slot steadily rocking hard. Lead vocalist John Strickland sang at a high level, belting out song after song, filled with emotion and passion. Playing a list of songs off their self-titled debut in their thirty minute set, Lullwater gave the audience much enjoyment with thick raw guitar tones and crashing drums like rock-n-roll from two decades prior. Their ability to compose and recreate live stripped-down straight-ahead rock-n-roll is not something many bands are doing in 2014 and is exciting witness. As their set concluded, one could not help but feel they were witnessing the rise of a really talented band.
Being an early show for the band, fans had the chance to hang out with them after their set, chatting and learning about one another. One such conversation was the band’s love for coffee and another the exchange of few conspiracy theories they share. Overall this team of musicians are stand-up guys with a common love for rock-n-roll, and it is purely amazing how much we all have in common when we take the time to communicate.
If these fine Southern gentlemen are playing near your respective area, it is highly recommended you see them in a intimate venue before larger ones beckon.Review written by Bob Cook Photography by Joe Powell