Read the live review of Thom’s January 15, 2018 show at All’Una E Trentacinque Circa by the owner/ editor of Buscadero, Paolo Carú. English translation is below.
The restaurant, one of the best in Lombardy for live music, is packed. Its a cold evening, but inside the room it is hot. Very hot. Full in every order of seats, the room quivers from the desire to listen to Thom Chacon, a young American singer-songwriter, on his first tour of our country. With a deep vocabulary, a good guitarist, shy but not introverted, Thom goes on stage with a beautiful smile on his face. He recorded four records, but we know only two of them, Thom Chacon of 2012 and the very recent Blood In The USA, and is the cover of Buscadero last month (January 2018). Blood In The USA is a good record and the audience shows a warmth towards him. Thom opens with the title song on the record, Blood in The USA, and people immediately clap their hands. Chasing The Pain is pleasant, as well as the next song, A Better Life. On stage with him is Paolo Ercoli, a local picker with great experience in country and bluegrass: Paolo has spent a lot of time in the USA, where he played with the likes of Byron Berline among others. I Am An Immigrant, the song that opens the most recent record, is beautiful and the people give a heartfelt applause. Even Easy Heart does the same thing as Union Town, another great song, which comes from the recent Blood in the USA.
Strong songs, which tell of his people, his land, injustice, wickedness. Real, powerful, strong songs. Paolo Ercoli also is a remarkable support: he is a very good and is a prepared musician and performs on various stringed instruments. Something The Heart Can Only Know is played before the first cover of the evening: Even The Losers by Tom Petty. Good version, but not a great version, both for the unsatisfactory interpretation of Thom Chacon and for the intrusive presence of Ercoli. But everything returns to normal with the splendid Empty Pockets, among the best moments of the evening. Aint Gonna Take Us Alive and the best known song, Work at Hand open the way to the second cover of the concert: Two Hearts by Bruce Springsteen. Very nice version, well supported by both Ercoli and the Florentine violinist Alice Marini. Alice has played Buscadero day, and she is very good at her instrument.
The evening comes to an end, Thom must close because then David Keyes is performing next. Big As The Moon is touching while Juarez, Mexico is, to say the least, magnificent. Then Thom greets and comes to sign a few records. Beautiful evening, very beautiful.
Paolo Carú | Buscadero