wynonnaWynonna Judd and her excellent and accomplished band, The Big Noise, led by her husband/ producer/drummer Cactus Moser, wowed the music industry-only crowd at Hotel Cafe recently with a gritty and raw showcase of sorts playing new material from her soon-to-released, self-titled album in February 2016.

The songs were both memorable and often instantly likable when performed live. Wynonna has described the new album as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.” It’s a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock.” This LP is Wynonna’s first full-length album of original material since 2003’s What the World Needs Now Is Love.

The under-an-hour set included six new songs that have been described by critics as “gutsy blues to sweet Seventies-inspired county-pop.” They were anchored and delivered with fervor and passionate conviction by Wynonna. Playing in a much smaller club, versus a large venue, stadium or arena, gave this explosive performance a direct intimacy that was both striking and immediate. Talking frankly and candidly about her personal life and the changes and direction in her well-documented and storied career in music, made Wynonna seem all the more vulnerable and accessible as she shared her innermost thoughts and bared her soul.

Her strong and self-assured personality really draws you in. One is captivated and hypnotized by the devilish and mischievous glint Wynonna gets in her eyes when she stares straight ahead into the audience to make personal contact. Wynonna comes across as both brash and sassy but there is an underlying layer of sweetness that is endearing. One would be hard pressed not to walk away from this show blown away. The audience was applauded and cheered often and it was clear they were beyond moved.

Set List

You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast | Cool Ya | Jesus and a Jukebox | Ain’t No Thing | You Are So Beautiful | Staying In Love