Show Review – Will Kimbrough (Full Band), 5/24/19, Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY


Photos and Review by Scott Preston

I have had the pleasure to see Will perform numerous times over the years in various incarnations (solo, duo shows with Brigette Demeyer and Tommy Womack, Willie Sugarcapps, Red Dirt Boys). He also has performed with Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell and performs with Emmylou Harris as her guitarist and harmony singer. But rarely have I seen him bring his own full band to town.  Tonight Will brought his band to one of my favorite music venues, The Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY.  Will has had a long history at The Southgate House Revival and the Southgate House and puts on a great show every time.

Will Kimbrough brought his full band to town in support of his new album “I Like It Down Here” which was just released on April 19.  His band consists of Chris Donahue and Brian Ownings. The Sanctuary room itself at The Southgate House Revival is a great space to see a show.  But since the show started at 7:30pm the sun was still out.  This lit up all the beautiful stain glass windows in the room as Will started his set.


Will used the first half of his set to spotlight the music from his new album.  I’m a big fan of the blues so I was impressed by the guitar playing in “Buddha Blues”and the lyrics in “Hey Trouble”.  The second half Will played older material and the crowd gave a very energetic response to “Piece of Work”, “Nobody From Nowhere” and “Sideshow Love”.  One of my personal favorites is “Three Angels”.

Will isn’t only a great singer/songwriter and guitar player, but also a nice guy.  I watched him talk to almost every person before and after the show.

More photos from the show can be found here

Setlist 5/24/19 Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY
Wash and Fold
Hey Trouble
I Like it Down Here
Buddha Blues
I’m Not Running Away
When I Get to Memphis
It’s a Sin
Anything helps
Piece of Work
Nobody From Nowhere
Sideshow Love
Three Angels
Another Train
I would if i could
I Don’t Like It
Encore – Goodnight Moon