|Tom Odell at the Rickshaw Stop in SF|
We had that thought at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on January 31, 2013. The headliner was Urban Cone from Sweden. They were even better than expected. But Tom Odell was the performer with no visible ceiling as to where he could end up in the music world. Odell is a singer-songwriter from the U.K. His debut album is scheduled to drop in the U.K. on April 15th.
At the Rickshaw Stop, Odell was supported by three talented musicians. But he was the show. After the first song (We think it was "Grow Old with Me"), he stopped and explained that the D note of the piano had died. For those close enough, it was apparent the piano key was at half mast relative to the other keys. Later, a second key went down. He plays with force, but without apology for his performance (although he did apologize to Yamaha as if it were a Deity).
On Wednesday May 8, 2013, Tom Odell returns to San Francisco. He will be at the Cafe Du Nord. Before the SF stop, he will be in Los Angeles and afterward in Seattle and Portland. We will attend the SF performance, since we have tickets already purchased. If you are within driving distance of one of the performances, it's time to buy a ticket too.
The song that brought attention to Tom Odell is "Another Love." It is easy to find the song on SoundCloud and elsewhere. It is more difficult to find streams of other songs. But below is a sampling of his music. Unfortunately, this doesn't fairly represent the energy of his live performances.
"Grow Old with Me"