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Temecula Road The Borderline London live review

The Californian trio returned to the UK for Country Music Week.

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Californian trio Temecula Road have been building a buzz on the country music scene over the last few months. After wowing audiences at this year’s C2C: Country to Country festival, they’ve been over in the UK as part of Country Music Week, including supporting Eric Paslay and appearing at the C2C 2018 launch party. Their final appearance of the week was headlining the Country Music Week Saturday daytime hub at the Borderline in London, and I was lucky enough to be in the audience.

Right from their opening song That’s A Kiss the band showed off the wonderful harmonies they’re becoming increasingly well-known for and I loved the blend of Maddie, Emma and Dawson’s voices. They were clearly so excited to be back performing in London and I felt that they were much more relaxed than during their C2C performance, chatting and laughing with each other and taking a selfie with the audience.

Throughout the set Temecula Road took fans on a whistle-stop tour of their career so far, including their uptempo debut single What If I Kissed You, summery follow-up Hoping and the emotional ballad Everything Without You, which really showed off Maddie’s voice in particular. Their songs really capture that feeling of being young and falling in love for the first time and it was impossible not to get swept up in the set. I found myself tapping my foot and smiling the whole way through! They also got the whole crowd singing along to their stunning cover of the Eagles’ Desperado and delivered an impressive medley of 20 of the biggest country hits of 2016, which got a massive round of applause.

Overall I came away really impressed by Temecula Road. They’ve come along leaps and bounds since I saw them at C2C, growing in confidence and putting together a tight, slick set. Although for me the performance was missing some of their trademark moments, such as their amazing cover of the Chainsmokers’ hit Closer, but it was a great introduction to their music for new fans and I think they definitely won over the Borderline crowd. I predict big things for them in the future and can’t wait to see what they do next!

 

Set list: 1. That’s A Kiss 2. What If I Kissed You 3. 2016 Country Songs Medley 4. Desperado (Eagles cover) 5. Everything Without You 6. Hoping Performance date: 7th October 2017

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