These shows resonate with powerful emotions
November 9, 1993
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
The Blue Shadows, from left, Hatcher, Cowsill, Elmar Spanier, J.B. Johnson: sweet, sharp country.
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I caught up with The Blue Shadows at the Esquimalt Inn later Friday night. They had opened for Barney Bentall at Harpo’s and then hustled over to this city’s country and western barn to play for the faithful. The Inn’s Friday night crowd danced up a storm to the Blue Shadows’ honky-tonk Everly Brothers-inspired harmonies.
If the deeply scarred lines in frontman Billy Cowsill’s face map the long, late-night trip of his career up to here, the baby face of his singing partner, Jeffrey Hatcher, belies a similarly jagged career path through the rock and roll demi-monde. Together, Cowsill and Hatcher concoct some of the sweetest, sharpest country music I’ve heard in a long, long time . . . so good I went back Saturday night/Sunday morning to hear a little more.
If you haven’t got a copy of their On The Floor Of Heaven, check it out. Live versions of The Fool Is The Last To Know, The Embers, Deliver Me and On The Floor Of Heaven were breathtakingly beautiful A real discovery.
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