While the man that sang “Harder Than Easy” all those years ago had matured in both voice and presence, his effect on me was just as poignant and gripping as ever. With just 5 hours sleep after a massive flight delay, he was surprisingly bright-eyed, and his smile illuminated the room just as brilliantly as his voice. As a singer-songwriter, he has songs about love, loss and everything in between. But there’s just something about his that draws me in – the rasp in his voice, the earnestness of his delivery. He makes you feel like you’ve lived in these songs alongside him.
6 years ago. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve seen and heard Jack Savoretti in the flesh. I had just taken a trip to England with my friend and we had lucked into a Sofar Sounds show held in Brighton. Nestled in a corner in some nice soul’s living room, I sat at his feet, letting his voice wash over me and rescue me from the thoughts that I had to return to New York soon. So here I stood, 6 years later, directly in front of him, this time at eye level, at one of my favorite venues in the world, Rockwood Music Hall.
It was also fantastic to see the steadfast fan base he has managed to build up over the years. Rockwood had a line outside the door more than an hour before set time, something I usually don’t see happen at this venue. Every single fan in the room knew the lyrics to every song, to which Jack said he definitely did not mind everyone singing along. His performance was peppered with friendly banter with the audience, and his charismatic stage presence coupled with enchanting songs like “Tight Rope,” and “Written In Scars” made the time fly by entirely too quickly.
After a quick encore, followed by a round of massive applause, he took a few photos with fans and disappeared into the back room. I was immediately upset I wouldn’t be able to see him perform again the next evening. Luckily, he announced he is working on another tour of the US, starting in NYC of course, hopefully slated to kick off in May. Until then, I’ll have the vinyl of his latest release, Sleep No More, to keep me company.
Article: Lesley Keller