Photos by G.
On June 2, 2010, Chrissie Hydne’s new band JP Chrissie and the Fairground Boys made its New York debut at the Brooklyn Bowl. After spending the day in the studio with two extremely talented artists, Jeanne Wilkinson and Frank Lind (more to come on both artists – stay tuned – their work is awesome!), I had planned on a nice mellow evening writing about the wonderful day I had. I had no sooner turned on my computer when I received a text message that Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders was performing a free show tonight. Needless to say, I was out the door and on the subway faster than light. First off, if you have never had the pleasure of visiting the Brooklyn Bowl, it’s an amazing space that is part bar, part bowling alley and part performance space. It’s a really great venue to see a show and if there’s ever a band that you remotely like that plays there, go! Having the awful sense of direction that I’ve been cursed with, I of course got lost getting out of the subway and as luck would have it I ran into Justin Bolognino of the Brooklyn Bowl who gave me perfect directions. Thanks Justin!
Texas rockers Alpha Rev got the crowd warmed up (more to come on them, so stay tuned) and right around 10 pm, JP Chrissie and the Fairground Boys made their New York debut. To make the night a little more intimate, they performed an hour long acoustic set that was comprised mostly of their upcoming debut album “Fidelity.” The band usually consists of 5 members, but tonight, they were a trio of perfection. JP Jones (rumoured to be Chrissie’s lover) and Patrick Murdoch were the other members present. Chrissie Hynde’s voice is as flawless as it has always been as they ran through songs such as “Perfect Lover,” “Meanwhile,” “Fairground,” “Fidelity,” as well as a cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” As the show was a benefit for Stray From The Heart, a non-profit dog rescue organization whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and place homeless dogs with loving new families, Chrissie gave some some shout outs to all the dog lovers in the house. The music reminds me a bit of the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration from a few years ago and according2g, that’s enough to make most year end best album lists! “Fidelity” is set for release in July 2010.
A video of “Fairground” is coming soon. Stay tuned…
See more pictures of JP Chrissie and the Fairground Boys after the jump.