Review By Darren McIntyre Photos By Barry Douglas
Robert Jon & The Wreck are a blues rock 5 piece hailing from Orange County, Southern California who have been riding on the crest of a wave at the minute, sold-out European tours, an award-winning live album that has seen them gather new fans from far &and wide. These boys are one of the hardest working bands on the planet right now and having been here only a few months back they are back to slay the mighty St Luke’s tonight with their exciting brand of blues rock that is gonna take the roof off of this place tonight. The place is packed and ready for some good ol rock n roll from Messers Burrison, James, Espantman, Murrel & Abernathy. The lights dim and the intro music comes at us with a deafening roar before the boys enter the arena like the 5 gladiators ready to give their all
It was a night of electric blues-rock that shook the very foundations of St Luke’s in Glasgow, and Robert Jon & The Wreck were the architects of this musical earthquake. The crowd had gathered in eager anticipation, and what unfolded was a night of unforgettable music that left every soul in attendance craving for more.
From the moment Robert Jon & The Wreck took the stage, it was evident that this band was here to deliver an unadulterated dose of raw, unapologetic blues-rock. The opening chords sent shockwaves through the venue, and the audience was immediately entranced by the sheer power and passion emanating from the stage.
Robert Jon’s gravelly, soulful voice was the perfect complement to the band’s relentless guitar riffs and thunderous rhythm section. His vocals were reminiscent of blues legends like Joe Cocker and Gregg Allman, carrying the weight of experience and emotion that only a true bluesman can convey. His connection with the audience was palpable, as he poured his heart and soul into every lyric.
The chemistry between the band members was undeniable. The lead guitarist unleashed blistering solos that seemed to defy the laws of physics, while the bassist and drummer provided a rock-solid foundation that allowed the music to soar to dizzying heights. It was a masterclass in musicianship, with each member of the band showcasing their incredible talent.
We kick things off tonight with the fantastic “Pain No More.” The song’s infectious groove and catchy melody had the entire crowd singing along, creating an electric atmosphere that was nothing short of magical. It was a testament to the band’s ability to craft songs that resonate with the hearts and soul of their listeners.
The boys thank us for coming out on this awful rainy night in good old Glasgow as we bear witness to this incredible night of blues-infused rock as they boys bring us ” Do You Remember” that has this place bouncing from the infectious riffs that are pouring from the stage tonight as Henry James comes front and centre and delivers a classic guitar story that is just heaven to watch, as the night warms up we are taken on a journey with the ever pleasing ” Tired Of Drinking Alone” that really lifts this crowd and then some.
The boys are in fine form and again thank us for our support and he quips about buying some merch to keep them in the style they are accustomed to, we slip into the colossal ” Whiskey” that has us standing still and lapping up the music that is pouring from the boys tonight.
The place is at the mercy of these 5 rock n rollers as they drop the epic ” Ride Into The Light” which brings huge cheers from this swelling crowd as we feel the rawness and energy oozing from the boys tonight, the boys get better and better with every tour and I have been blessed to catch these boys several times over the last 3 years.
We let the juggernaut that is Robert Jon & The Wreck take us on a journey as we roll through “Don’t Look Down”, “When I Die”, “Bring Me Back Home Again” as the boys turn up the heat as the place goes into overdrive with a real banger in the form of “Who Can You Love” this is a real killer track that just lets us lose ourselves in the deep bluesy groove that we have come to know and love the boys for.
The guys stop and chat for a bit and really get the party going with a rasping beast that is “Oh Miss Carolina”, we reach the business end of the night as the place reaches boiling point as we are treated to the soulful classic that is “Cold Night”, this is a real slow moving rock n roll classic that just catches us unaware as the boys hit the groove and bring us their fast-paced, foot-stomping blues eruption that is “Shine A Light On Me Brother” this draws a huge cheer from this almost sold out crowd as we feel every riff and pounding rhythm that is pouring from the stage
Throughout the evening, Robert Jon & The Wreck paid homage to their blues-rock roots while infusing their own modern twist. They seamlessly blended classic blues elements with a contemporary edge, creating a sound that was both timeless and fresh. It was a musical journey that took the audience on a rollercoaster of emotions, from slow, soulful ballads that tugged at the heartstrings to high-octane, foot-stomping anthems that had everyone on their feet.
The lighting and stage production added to the overall experience, with dramatic visuals that enhanced the mood of each song. The synergy between the music and the visuals created a multi-sensory experience that left a lasting impression.
In conclusion, Robert Jon & The Wreck’s performance at St Luke’s in Glasgow was nothing short of extraordinary. They proved themselves to be torchbearers of the blues-rock tradition while pushing the genre’s boundaries with their modern sensibilities. It was a night of music that will be etched in the memory of all those fortunate enough to be in attendance. If you have the chance to see Robert Jon & The Wreck live, don’t miss it – it’s a bluesy explosion of raw energy that will leave you craving for more.
Robert Jon & The Wreck –
Robert John Burrison – Vocals / Guitar
Henry James – Lead Guitar / Vocals
Warren Murrel – Bass / Vocals
Jake Abernathie – Keys
Andrew Espantman – Drums
Pain No More
Do You Remember
Tired Of Drinking Alone
Ride Into The Light
Don’t Look Down
When I Die
Bring Me Back Home Again
Who Can You Love
Oh Miss Carolina
Shine A Light On Me Brother