Jessica Lynn – Live – Waterloo Music Bar

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Review By Darren McIntyre

POSTED 13.07/2023

Jessica Lynn is a country / Americana musician from New York City, New York. She is not only a talented musician/singer/songwriter. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in adolescent education & mathematics and a master’s degree in special education and graduated with honours.

Jessica formed her first band and performed in Manhattan. She began playing piano in middle school & taught herself guitar and drums in high school. She has toured with Keith Urban, Thompson Square, Clint Black & Jo Dee Messina.

Jessica has had the pleasure of touring or opening for the likes of Trace Adkins, Shenedoah, Loretta Lynn, has opened for the greats such as ZZ Top & Kenny Wayne Shepherd and tonight Jessica joins us in the middle section of her rescheduled UK Tour and I have made the trip from Glasgow to the bright lights of Blackpool to take in her show at the famous Waterloo Music Bar where I caught up with her for a chat about her life, loves and her most outstanding achievements.

The atmosphere inside the venue was electric, as fans eagerly awaited the show’s start. The anticipation was palpable, and the stage was set for a memorable evening of country-infused rock ‘n’ roll. As the lights dimmed, the crowd erupted with cheers and applause. Jessica Lynn appeared, exuding an irresistible aura of confidence and star power.

Kicking off the show with her single Getting Around It was brilliant. Lynn’s powerhouse vocals, backed by a tight-knit band, immediately hooked the audience. Her voice effortlessly soared through the venue, filling every corner with raw emotion and genuine passion. Lynn’s stage presence was undeniable, captivating the audience with her infectious energy and magnetic charm.

Throughout the night, Jessica Lynn showcased her versatility as an artist, seamlessly transitioning between heart-wrenching ballads and upbeat anthems. Her ability to connect with the audience on a personal level was extraordinary. She shared heartfelt stories behind her songs, making each even more poignant.

We rolled through a power-packed setlist with the toe-tapping hoe-down tracks After Party and Ain’t Done With You Yet, the high-energy crowd favourite Getaway Car. Lynn’s band members were true virtuosos, complementing her performance flawlessly. The guitar solos were mind-blowing, leaving the audience in awe of the sheer talent on display.

 We shuffled through a real energy-zapping midsection that brought us Crazy Idea, Who’s Bed, Worth It and she gave us her recent single Mixed Signals. This really brought the crowd to life as this is a real shift in genre for Jessica. She upped the tempo for her devoted hardcore fans.

he mid-section of the show brings her closer to her guitarist and husband Steve as they bounced off each other and constantly laughed and giggled through the track much to the joy of the Blackpool crowd. We ride roughshod through the classic Landslide & Better Than That, which delivered in spades to this swelling crowd.

We are racing through the set and really don’t want the show to end as Jessica brings us the powering beast that is Straight Outta Luck and couples that with the classic cover Respect that gets the Waterloo up on its feet as we feel the energy, charisma and sheer musicianship pouring from the stage, we went right into the groove with killer tracks Now Or Never, The Morning Always Comes, Not Your Woman.

We come to the last couple of tracks of the evening with the classic Roadhouse. This whips up this noisy country crowd as they sing along and lap up the atmosphere of this magnificent venue 

One of the standout moments of the evening was when Jessica Lynn performed her rendition of Church Berry’s Johnny B Good. Her interpretation breathed new life into the classic, infusing it with her own unique flair. The crowd enthusiastically sang along, their voices blending harmoniously with Lynn’s powerful delivery. Jessica showcased her ever-growing talents as she jumps behind the kit to rock out as Matthew comes to the front of the stage with the maracas and wiggles around to the delight of the crowd

The visual aspect of the show was also a treat for the senses. The stage production was top-notch, with dynamic lighting effects and a vibrant backdrop that enhanced the overall experience. Jessica Lynn’s wardrobe choices were impeccable, reflecting her individuality and style, while also paying homage to country music tradition.

In conclusion, Jessica Lynn’s performance at the Waterloo Music Bar was an unforgettable experience. From her powerful vocals to her magnetic stage presence, she commanded the audience’s attention throughout the show. With her unique blend of country and rock, she effortlessly bridged the gap between genres, appealing to a wide range of music lovers. If you haven’t had the chance to see Jessica Lynn live, I highly recommend keeping an eye out for her upcoming shows. She is a force to be reckoned with and undoubtedly one of the brightest stars in the country music scene today.

Jessica Lynn –

            Jessica Lynn – Vocals / Electric / Acoustic Guitar / Harmonica

            Steven Sterlacci – Guitar(Husband)

            Peter Calamera – Bass (Dad)

            Victoria Calamera – Keys / Backing Vocals(Mum)

           Matthew Bauer – Drums(Best Man)

Setlist –

      Getting Around It

      After Party

      Ain’t Done With You Yet

      Getaway Car

      Crazy Idea

      Who’s Bed

      Worth It’

      Mixed Signals

      Something Good


      Better Than That

      Straight Outta Luck / Respect

      Now Or Never

      The Morning Always Comes

      Not Your Woman


      Johnny B Goode

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