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LIVE: Jimi Raine @ 229 Great Portland Street PDF Print E-mail
Written by Charlotte Price   
17 08 2015
ImageJimi Raine has it all, the voice, the style and the potential to make it big. His stage presence is second to none and from the moment he stepped foot onto the 229 stage at Great Portland Street you could see just what a talent he is.

By Jimi's own admission it was probably the biggest gig of his career - thus far - supporting Ocean Colour Scene's Steve Cradock, but any pre-gig nerves were washed away with a cool pint of lager. 

The natural front man tore up the stage with his high intensity set which was kicked off with last summer's debut single Rock n Roll Band - minus the saxophone - to inject a little extra bite into to his following army of loyal fans. 

Rock n Roll band defines what Jimi is all about. While the saxophone adds a 50s feel to his music, Jimi more than made up for its omission by confidently strutting around the stage, enthusing passion and drive on all that watched in awe. 

With the chant ‘Jimi Raine, Jimi Raineeee', to Prince's ‘Purple Rain' tune, Raine reacted by unleashing a spellbinding version of ‘Take You Away' with deep lying rock n roll riffs, that breathe such clean air on the British music scene, before ‘Sold My Soul' came forth to emphasis his Americana influences. 

Raine closed with a powerful version of Stranger, that saw the Reading lad stand alone on stage allowing his powerful voice to do all the work. While Raine's talents are clear to see the one worry is when such an artist will earn the break he truly deserves. Time will tell. But one thing's for sure, rock n roll is safe in the hands of Jimi Raine.
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