Another music crammed week for Small Green Shoots, but a highlight had to be Joel Culpepper’s headline show at The Camden Assembly.
Although supporting act electronic-pop group, “Petrie” suffered from technical difficulties at the start of the set, they powered through with a remarkably refreshing energy and suite of tracks. The lead singer’s confident vocals and brilliant audience interaction complimented their “base pounding in your convertible” repertoire, perfect for the balmy evening in Camden. Definitely a duo on our watch list.
Joel Culpepper graced the stage with an intro provided by his talented band. Joel pleased the crowd with a mix of his older releases & songs from his latest EP, Tortoise. Joel remarked that the album took him 4 years to create alongside his incredible producers, & you could tell it was a personal journey. The lyrics and strength in his vocals in ‘Mr and Mrs Brown’- which was a letter to the parents of a student he taught & his favourite track; ‘My First Kill’ connected with the audience as he thoughtfully took note to thank the producer, Kay Young, who was also in the crowd.
A true grafter, his experience shone as he effortlessly hit his notes and synched with his band. Joel truly seemed to be enjoying his moment, using every stage space to dance and showcasing his real charisma. Although my first time seeing him perform, everything I heard was true. He is just really hard not to like….