Essentially, all three are respected individual singer-songwriters back in the US with Robby Hecht probably having the highest profile in the UK as recalled from his tour with Carrie Elkin a few years back. For these UK dates, which included a combination of slots at the Maverick Festival, the guys have mixed and matched the order but all featuring a rotation of a lead role with invited harmony interludes. This evening the toss of coin meant Peter opened, David followed and Robby had the honour of leading the New American Troubadours into the distance. Well at least until the reunion tour.
While this was my first introduction to the work of Peter, David Berkeley’s latest record THE FIRE IN MY HEAD gave an insight to what a fine literate and vivid songwriter he is. David was often the source of the trio’s humour and with his more extroverted style raised the level of the show in terms of tempo and audience reaction. From the excellent latest record, subject to a fine review on this site, we were treated to amongst others, ‘Back to Blue’, ‘Fire in My Head’, ‘Shelter’ and perhaps the stand out song from his set ‘Song for the Road’. The latter was met with some engaging invited audience participation and a stunning fluctuation of vocal tone. Having learned about his literary exploits we were further informed that the next record will be accompanied by an anthology of short stories and were previewed to a song believed to be titled ‘Wishing Well’.
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David had been itching all night to sing off mic and for the final song he cleared all the stands out of the way to lead a beautiful version of the classic Townes Van Zandt standard ‘If I Needed You’ in unison with Peter, Robby and a couple of guitars. This may have brought the curtain down on the illustrious career of the New American Troubadours but hopefully it won’t be the last we see of Robby Hecht, David Berkely and Peter Bradley-Adams in the UK. With iconic reunion tours always in vogue, the New American Troubadours may yet re-surface one day. Just remember not to search for their back catalogue.