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LitH - Jarrod Dickenson & JP Ruggieri

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Last night saw the return of Texan musician, and one of the audience favourites, Jarrod Dickenson, to Henry Tudor House. This time he was accompanied by his band.

If you got to see Jarrod when he played at Live in the House last time, then you'll know his music is a great mix of blues, folk & Americana. Often described as "dive bar blues", his tenor-baritone voice conveys emotion and draws you in to listen to the lyrics, whilst his guitar playing is rhythmic, characterful and well delivered, creating an engaging and enticing style.

As those of you who were at his last gig may remember, his wife Claire provides back up harmony vocals. The difference in timbre provided by her performance mixes effortlessly to augment and enhance the music. Her vocal ranges from haunting to forthright and upfront and is a great partnership to Jarrod's. The love between the too is very evident, both in the way they perform together and in the content of songs.

The additional musicians on stage last night, who were new to the Live in the House audience, were fellow Texan Chris Jacobie on bass and backing vocals and, part Italian and resident of New York, JP Ruggieri on electric guitar (lead and rhythm).

Chris' bass playing locked down the rhythm and underpinned the songs. His playing added both depth and weight to the music, but also at times subtle textures to augment some sections. With his vocal parts, he added an extra dimension that gave songs impact and body.

JP Ruggieri's guitar playing floated around the music, adding deft licks and catchy hooks that felt natural and seamless. His parts ranged from, almost, inconspicuous underpinning melodies, that complimented Jarrod's vocal and guitar, to soaring solos that perfectly suited the songs.

However, JP didn't only play as part of Jarrod's band. He also performed as the opening act, singing and playing electric guitar. Performing numbers from his CD "Waiting On You", it became evident that he is a great singer and songwriter, as well as guitarist. His voice at times reminiscent of Dave Grohl and, according to some comments made by members of the audience, a little like Paul Simon - not bad compliments at all! For his performance he was joined on stage by Claire Dickenson on backing vocals, whose harmonies helped deliver the feeling of his music.

So it is easy for us to say that last night was full of great music and certainly a highlight in the Live in the House calendar. We certainly recommend you check out both Jarrod and JP if you ever get the chance.

If you're interested in finding out more information about the artists:

Head over to Jarrod's website and check out his music and tour dates. Don't forget to join his mailing list, and follow him on social media, to hear about the release date of his eagerly anticipated new album.

You can find more about JP and his music on his website too. He's also got a mailing list and will be touring back in the U.K. in June 2017. So take a look and try to catch him when he's back.

Jarrod's Poster with his stylised portrait t-shirt alongside

Jarrod's Poster boutique guitar combination amp

JP Ruggieri's guitar and amplifier

Chris Jacobie's bass rig, borrwed from Dave Ford

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