Live Review : Catherine Britt at Crown Hotel Wentworth – 1st April 2022

Reviewer David Jackson – shotz by jackson   

Every Catherine Britt concert is a reminder of how she is one of country music’s finest vocalists. Hailing from Newcastle, Britt continued her around Australia Bush Pubs Tour at Wentworth on Friday night. Describing her tour as a labour of love inspired by the late Slim Dusty, Britt’s goal is to take her music to every corner of the country. Despite the Covid disruptions, she has managed to cover a considerable amount of it.  Having three golden guitars and nominated for three more from her latest venture, ‘Home Truths’ in Tamworth, in two weeks. Britt has a long history of playing and collaborating with some of music’s best, including Sir Elton John. Britt is an artist that crosses many music barriers from blues to roots to heartfelt country.  

Backed by a three-piece band led by Brad Bergen on electric/acoustic guitar, the band is tight and remain close friends despite the endless hours of driving between gigs. The set opened with Little Wildflower, moving quickly into Hillbilly Pickin’ Ramblin’ Girl, both favourites with the audience. Other highlights included ‘456 Miles From Alice’ and ‘I Am A Country Song.’  

Britt provides commentary and insight into her lyrics; there is a story behind every song. The setlist won over an appreciative audience with heartfelt warmth, honesty, and a genuine appreciation for all that come and support live music. The past few years have been far from easy for Britt; her well-publicised battle with breast cancer, a divorce, and approaching motherhood as a single parent were all discussed with probity during the set. Amongst this open disclosure were some positives, including a rekindled love for guitarist Brad Bergen after many years apart and, thankfully, her 7 years and counting free from cancer. The strength and manner this was discussed had the audience talking long after the music ended.

A shout-out must go to support act Tori Darke. Many would know Darke from playing at Australia’s biggest country festivals, including CMC Rocks. Darke’s brief encounter with country artist Keith Urban during last year’s heats of The Voice opened up a nation to her talent.

Darke has approached this year with gusto by releasing a new single, ‘Sit At A Bar’ there are some exciting things ahead for this young artist; I would definitely check some of her work out and if you have a chance to see her live, I would do it.  

I walked away from the night complete; a chance to see live music in the country and catch an artist who plays with complete honesty will always be money well spent; check out Catherine Britt and The Bush Pubs Tour when it comes to your town. 

Phone Photos David Jackson @shotzbyjackson