Southern Junction at Country2Country
By Claire Weston
Photo’s By Drew Burnett Photography
Southern Junction were one of the pop-up acts at C2C Festival i was really excited to see, after an acoustic video of their song ‘Crazy’ caught my attention a few months ago.
Duo Katie-Jayne on lead vocals and Carlos Heath on vocals and guitar were joined by stand-in keyboard player Chris Payn for the 10.30am Big Entrance slot on Sunday. Despite the early stage time, a sizeable crowd had gathered as they started their set with original song ‘Throw Away’. ‘I Want To’ and ‘Inescapable’ both made the setlist as well as a cover of Carrie Underwood’s ‘Before He Cheats’. I really love the writing style in their original songs.
These guys have real potential, and I love how their harmonies work so well together. The band have cited Lady Antebellum as one of their influences, and have a fantastic cover of ‘Need You Now’ that is definitely worth checking out. This time it was a stunning cover of Charles Kelley’s The Driver that made their set. When i listen to them play, everything i love about Lady Antebellum’s style shines through but in a unique way that Southern Junction have made their own.
The sound engineer unfortunately had the EQ a little off on Katie-Jayne’s microphone so in parts, the vocals didn’t quite come through how they were intended. But it was Day 3 of an intense C2C weekend so we can forgive him for that!
Finishing with ‘Crazy’, a great up-tempo choice to end on, I found myself humming the ‘All Fired Up’ line as I headed to the next pop-up stage. This is definitely my favourite song of theirs. I hear there are lots of exciting things coming up this year for the band and I hope this includes their own tour. I’d definitely catch one of their own shows again.