Ethan Johns at End Of The Road 2013 – review

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Producer turned artist is weird enough, but Ryan Adams producer Ethan Johns playing new songs produced by Ryan Adams is even stranger...

Yes, as he tells the crowd at his Uncut Q&A earlier, Johns has a new album ready to go, recorded over the last few weeks in LA with Adams; and he's keen to show off the new tracks, filling at least half his early afternoon set on the Garden Stage with them.

They slot in well alongside songs from his debut album proper, last year's If Not Now Then When?, being similarly drenched in folk and blues, and riddled with images drawn from Americana.

Johns performs the songs completely solo, strumming and picking on an ornate white Gretsch - for the heavier blues workouts he straps on some kind of Airline guitar.

The crowd are sitting but enthralled, and Johns is visibly overwhelmed by the reception after closing with "The Long Way Round" - not bad going for his first ever festival set.

Tom Pinnock

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