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James Morrison with HoneyHoney at the Fitz

14 May

By: Rob Frost

Friday night I had the opportunity to catch James Morrison and HoneyHoney at the beautiful Fitzgerald Theater.  It was actually my first show at the Fitz – such great acoustics in there.

Morrison hails from the UK and typically writes/performs in the realm of pop music.  On his newest record, The Awakening, he demonstrates his awareness and proficiency in other styles such as soul, gospel, and R&B.  I’ll be honest, it was a bit difficult for me to get into his music because of all the girls screaming for him.  For me, music is more of an emotional expression, not a boy-toy getting attention.  For the record, I am not calling Morrison a boy-toy, I just felt his fans were focused more on his appearance than his performance.  I probably would’ve felt more comfortable at this show if I was on a date and not with one of my band members. So guys, take your ladies to see James Morrison – you’ll get extra brownie points.

Although it was a lovely performance, I felt Morrison was disconnected from his bandmates. Mostly because he was at least 5- 6 feet away from them on the stage.  It was almost as if it the band wasn’t even there and we were listening to a really great track.  I’d rate the performance a solid 7 out of 10 just because the band was so well-rehearsed.

I was far more impressed with the opening band Honeyhoney. Based out of California, Honeyhoney blends country, folk, blues, pop, and rock together to make something truly powerful and soulful. I fell in love with Suzanne Santo‘s voice immediately. She reminded me of a mix between Robert Plant and Karen Fairchild.  The power of this band is like nothing I’ve ever seen, I was blown away by Ben Jaffe’s guitar work.  Not only was his tone exquisite, but the amount of musicianship and detail he put into his playing was impressive.

Overall, I’d say this show was great. Personally, James Morrison’s music is far too safe for my ears but he and his voice can certainly please a crowd.

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