RODDY HART hired out The Universal, invited his friends along then got up on stage with his band to provide the evening’s entertainment.If only every birthday party was this much fun.
Obviously, it helps if you are as blessed in the singing and songwriting department as the Glaswegian, who split the live show into two parts – playing his own songs in the first half followed by a selection of classic covers in the second half with guest musicians including Eddi Reader, Beerjacket and a guy who looked suspiciously like Jonny Buckland of Coldplay (see above). In between? The buffet, of course!
If there’s any justice in this world, Roddy’s forthcoming album Sign Language, which is due out in October, will be the making of the man. Put simply, it’s an incredible listen. It takes the epic, dusty Americana that made Bookmarks one of The Pop Cop’s favourite albums of this or any other decade and mixes it with some wonderfully immediate guitar-pop songs with enough mass appeal to give Travis, The Strokes and Teenage Fanclub a run for their money.
But the night will no doubt best be remembered for the singalong performances of some of Roddy’s main music influences, with the covers setlist containing Tom Petty – Learning To Fly, The Band – The Weight, Elvis Presley – The Wonder Of You, James Carr – The Dark End Of The Street, Bob Dylan – You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days and Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone.