Live Reviews

Jo Harman

, Paradiso (small hall), Amsterdam 9/2/2017
Jo Harman

Since 2010 Jo Harman has been steadily building up her career, music and songwriting. Tonight, in the small hall of the famous Paradiso, we get the chance to hear her brand new album "People We Become" (released on V2, 3 Feb). Recorded in Nashville, "People We Become" is Jo's second studio album. With 2013's "Dirt On My Tongue" she already made a big impression on small audiences with her soulful performances. As on that album, Jo and her band confidently and easily blend their mix of blues, soul and pop/rock. Starting with the excellent opening song of the album "No One Left To Blame" Jo takes in her listeners right away. And what a great voice! Jo can be sweet, powerful, subtile and never shows off, she knows how to dose and time things. For the new album Jo had more studio time than the independently released debut. The songs are a bit more pop/rock oriented than before, the band sounds confident throughout and they're clearly enjoying all of this. Just when it crosses your mind that there's nothing as raw as "Sweet Man Moses", suddenly there's a heartfelt cover of Bowie's "Life On Mars" (also performed live at NPO2 for Gerark Ekdom's show earlier that day). If you still had doubts about the new songs, these dissapeared when Jo ended the show with two great new ballads. Jo has a great future and simply is the best blues/soul female singer since Amy Whinehouse.

After the show Jo took her time, signing lp's/cd's and chatting with her admirers. That's what makes these small, intimate shows special. Jo definitely deserves more fans but let's hope she'll never be in the top of the charts (she can play the big hall though).


Setlist: No One Left To Blame / Silhouettes Of You / Lend Me Your Love / Unchanged And Alone / The Reformation / Changing Of The Guard / Life On Mars (David Bowie cover) / Person Of Interest / When We Were Young / The Final Page / Lonely Like Me