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Chip Hanna & The Berlin Three, The Stealers - Country boys rocking hard!
Tonight would be a first-timer for me; I was going to visit a country show! Ever since reviewing both of U.S. Bombs and One Man Army drummer Chip Hanna’s country-laden albums, I’ve been wanting to check him out. Especially considering he’s living in Germany nowadays, which makes it easy for him to set up a couple of tours every year. So when I saw that he’d be playing in Rotterdam, I made sure I was there.
Opening act were The Stealers from Rotterdam, who made clear that Chip’s career as a Americana/country musician isn’t fully accepted yet. The Stealers make rock ‘n’ roll, and not the most original kind. It’s sort of fun to listen to, but you definitely hear that it’s just a local band having some fun. And frankly after a track or three, I lost all interest and couldn’t wait for the show to end. Not for me, this band.
As soon as Chip Hanna & The Berlin Three hit the stage, the party went in full effect. Country-rock in all its forms was thrown into the audience, which gladly received it and practically started a barn dance. Especially the women in the crowd seemed to be really enjoying these redneck tunes. Chip’s Louisianan country accent really rings over the rest of the music, giving it the perfect feel and atmosphere it needs. The diversity of the tracks (a lot of variation between slow cowboy songs and fast party tracks) make sure you don’t lose any attention at all, it just kept putting a smile on my face for the entire show. The only thing I would like to complain about was the guitar of Tex Morton being way too loud, I had trouble hearing Chip play his acoustic flat top. But overall it didn’t matter too much. I enjoyed myself splendidly at this show and I think that if I get the chance to see him again, I definitely will.