Yesterday I forced my friend, Malin, to go with me to a rock show. So when she asked me to go with her to see Ron Pope I couldn’t say no – or could I? I had never ever heard of Ron Pope. She played me a couple of minutes of a song – it was not my kind of music at all. But I still went to the concert and I am glad I did.
Bruce Springsteen has the E Street Band, Ron Pope has the Nighthawks. That comparison stayed in my thoughts all evening, and let me tell you – they are equally talented. I was amazed by the talent the guys in the Nighthawk has combined. Lets take the guy they called Bear: he started off with a trumpet, then he played the keyboard, he also plays accordion and he did back-up vocals as well. Thats just one guy. When you have that kind of talent behind you, can you then imagine how Ron Pope was on stage?
The vocals. Oh my, what a voice. It was as clear as a sunny day and as high as the sky (if he wanted to reach that high) – beautiful. He is also a charmer. He kind of had to be, when 90% of the audience where girls. With his charm he made them all sing to “One Grain Of Sand”. They sang so good that I think that the audience charmed him right back. It is gonna take more than a beautiful voice and a sing-along to win me over though. I’m impressed, but not that impressed. The music is country-inspired indie, if such a genre exists. Reminds me of Wakey Wakey, The Good Mad and Band Of Horses. Artists I like. Ron Pope is warming up to me know.
The moment I was convinced by this artist who is unknown for, was when he mentioned Glenn Frey. It was more than a mention, the whole band played a cover of “Already Gone”, which is such a lovely tribute . Pope starts to talk about the supporting acts, mainly Truett. The way he spoke about him – I’ve never heard someone speak about a person in that way before. Ron Pope started his own record label just so that he could sign Truett. He said “Thats how much I believe in him”, the audience goes “awww”. I’m standing there with my eyes staring at them, thinking; I believe in Ron Pope! If he says that Truett is as talented as far as talent can go – I believe him! Too bad I’m a poor student, that don’t have the money to buy the EP. Because if I had the money, I would have bought it. Pope convinced me!
They ended the set with “A Drop In The Ocean”, with a sing-a-long with the audience of course. I didn’t sing – obviously I don’t know the lyrics. This was my first experience with Ron Pope & The Nighthawks. One day I hope to see them on a stadium tour. Don’t get me wrong, I love the intimacy with a venue like Vulkan – but this music, this show, all these great musicians they deserve a bigger stage. They have the potential to be great.
All photos by © Malin-Charlotte Aagesen