Monday, June 03, 2019

Live: Phosphorescent @ Fuzz Club (Athens, May 28th, 2019)

Seven albums into the remarkable career of Phosphorescent, the nickname under which Alabama singer-songwriter  Matthew Houck is performing his music since the turn of the century, we finally had the chance to see him and his band playing live in Athens.

Although not too many people made the trip to Fuzz Club last Tuesday, it was obvious from their enthusiastic reception that they knew Houck's work very well and the requests for particular songs kept on coming throughout the set.

Houck looked genuinely pleased to be playing in Athens for the first time and he led his band to a crowd-pleasing set that in its 1 hour and 45 minutes duration revisited songs from most of Phosphorescent's albums, going as far back as "Aw Come Aw Wry", his second album from 2005, for a rendition of  a "Joe Tex, These Taming Blues" and 2007's "Pride" for "Wolves" and "My Dove, My Lamb".

Of course we got to listen to several songs from his most recent work "C'est La Vie", with the breezy, upbeat pop of "New Birth in New England" being the track that in a just world should have been a massive radio hit. And there was, of course, the song that actually did become a minor hit a few years ago, the majestic "Song for Zula", which received the biggest applause of the evening.

Overall an excellent, heart-warming performance by Phosphorescent which was greatly appreciated by the lucky few faithful who came to the show and also got to see an acoustic performance by Pelion Rivers who opened the proceedings.

Phosphorescent, live @ Fuzz Club (Athens, May 28th, 2019)
Pelion Rivers, live @ Fuzz Club (Athens, May 28th, 2019)
Check out below "My Beautiful Boy" and "Song For Zula" as performed by Phosphorescent in Athens:

Phosphorescent - My Beautiful Boy (live in Athens)

Phosphorescent - Song For Zula (live in Athens)

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