By: Remington Fioraso
Who: Jordan Pritchett
Where: Gabby’s Country Cabaret in Langley, BC
When: August 28, 2014
You might recognize Jordan ‘JP’ Pritchett from Faber Drive or the Chris Buck Band, however, he is also performing under his own name. Joining Jordan on stage for the first of four nights at Gabby’s on the long weekend were Seamus O’Neill on drums, Phillip Puxley on guitar/banjo/vocals, and Jeremy ‘Krikit’ Liddle on bass. The last time I saw JP play as a solo artist, it was an acoustic set so it was cool to see him play with a full band.
The cover-filled event saw the guys perform songs from numerous artists including Luke Bryan, Backstreet Boys, Florida Georgia Line, Serena Ryder, and Def Leopard. Instead of going through each set, thought I would touch on a couple of the highlights for me.
Taking a step back from guitar during the third set, Pritchett slowed it down a bit and focused solely on the vocals for “Shameless.” Although it is difficult to live up to Garth Brooks’ version, it was one of the songs that stood out the most the night. Job well done.
The phrase “the apple don’t fall from the tree” definitely fits in. If you unaware, Jordan is the son of country singer Aaron Pritchett. During the four sets, JP covered a few of his dad’s songs including “New Frontier,” “Let’s Get Rowdy,” “Hold My Beer,” and Aaron’s latest single “Boat on the Water.” Having seen both perform the songs, it’s interesting and simply put it, pretty awesome.
JP definitely continues to be one of my favourite musicians to see perform live. He is a talented vocalist and guitarist. It is really cool to see him take centre stage instead of a song here and there or primarily backing vocals. The one thing I would really like to see in the future is at least a few original songs thrown in to compliment the covers performed (which is a slight hint/nudge to incorporate such).
In addition to going on about JP, major props go to the rest of the guys. Seamus is one of, if not the best, drummers I’ve seen perform so far. Puxley is amazing – It was awesome hearing “Johnny Be Good” again. It was my first time seeing Krikit not playing under Faber Drive (although 3/4 playing on the day are with FD) and playing country music. Still my favourite bassist since seeing him play for the first time in September 2008.
Overall, good performance. Well done, Japes, well done. Looking forward to seeing what you do in the future because you’re going to go far.
Hi Everyone! My name is Remington Fioraso. I am a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Arts program in Sociology, Anthropology, and Media and Communication Studies. Within my program, I focused on social media, learning about contemporary and classical sociological theory (Including Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu, and Durkheim), and communicating effectively in various modes and for different audiences (including oral communication, business communication, academic writing, entertainment media, and presentations utilizing visual media). Within my program, the question arose for many courses, “What is the relevance in the real world?” Stepping (temporarily) away from being in university, I gained an interest in Latin American development, social movements, and business. Sooner than later, I will be applying for post-grad programs to dive further into LA development and social movements to gain a theory-background in addition to a personal perspective onto the topics. In my free time, I love to travel, consume media, eat, listen to music, and write. Listening to music and writing led to my interest in working with Canadian Beats! I have been a part of the team since April 2014. A few of my personal highlights of interviews include ones with some of my favourite artists – Sumo Cyco, Madeline Merlo, and High Valley. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!