I was very fortunate to catch the electric Elle King on the closing night of her Ministry tour at the fabulous Beacon Theatre in New York City. Opening the show was country-singer Paul Cauthen. Unfortunately, he was a rather boring opening act, very much along the lines of a Johnny Cash knock off, though he did have a very strong voice. Some stand out tracks of his were My Gospel and Hanging On The Line, whilst the solos in Do You Belong were fantastic.
As for Elle King, she was great, personable, and super entertaining. She even brought out Mr. Cauthen for a Johnny Cash cover and my previous statement made so much sense when they duetted on Folsom Prison Blues. The track got the crowd on their feet and they didn’t sit for the remainder of the show.
Ms. King really gave a strong show with many standouts including Kocaine Karolina, Where The Devil Don’t Go, and Song Of Sorrow. Elle told us stories between the songs while sipping something yummy from her red solo cup. Her band was amazing, especially the trombone player throughout and the whole brass section on The Way I Loved You, and Joe the guitar player who performed Can’t Be Loved with Elle and killed it.
Later on, The Ministry tour went to church with Confession. Then we actually got to witness a live wedding on stage. So sweet. She closed the show with her big hits Ex’s and Oh’s and the encore with America’s Sweet Heart. I loved seeing such a powerful woman on stage with so much talent. She writes, sings, plays guitar and banjo and is all and all an impressive new talent on the Americana stage. I really am excited to see what comes next from Elle King.