Live Review: Alabama 3 / A3 Acoustic Irish Tour – The Well, Dublin 30.10.2022

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Words & Images: Letty Sharp

On the 30th of October the country/alternative group Alabama 3 / A3 came and rocked The Well in Dublin.

The night kicked off with the opening act Aaron Rowe taking the stage to perform 5 songs. His vocals were strong and he had a good mix of upbeat and slow songs. Constructive criticism here, his guitar could have been a little bit louder in the mix as when he hit those powerful high notes, he drowned the acoustic guitar out.

Aaron Rowe.

Alabama 3 / A3 came on and wasted no time getting on with a high energy song, ‘Whacked’. Like Aaron, the band had a good balance of slow songs and high energy songs. They performed in their own words, “The song people had come to see”, “Woke Up This Morning” fourth in the setlist. After that song came to an end, Nick Reynolds kept the banter up saying, “We can all go home now”.

The crowd were giving the same energy the band were giving back and were feeding off each other. The band members may be ageing but they still know how to rock. Rob aka Larry Love gave the vocals his all and put everything into his performance, not letting the fact it was an acoustic gig get in the way. ‘Have You Seen Bruce Richard Reynolds’, picked the energy back up again.

After their last song, the band were called back for a couple of more songs and they ended the night with, ‘The Old Purple Tin (9% of pure heaven)”, and, “Speed of the Sound Of Loneliness”. The band have been through up and downs like every band and lost founding member, Jake Black in 2019 and this would take a toll on any band. They are still a touring force and are still killing it.

Alabama 3 / A3 – Set List.

Up Above My Head
Bullet Proof
Woke Up This Morning
Woody Guthrie
You Don’t Dance to Techno
Have You Seen Bruce Richard Reynolds?
Let the Caged Bird Sing
Too Sick to Pray/Hypo Full Of Love – mashup
Folsom Prison Blues & Johnny Cash – Medley
Peace in the Valley
The Old Purple Tin (9% of Pure Heaven)
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness

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