Hamburg rocks through the prairie
"...how the song "Über den Wolken" (English version "Over the Mountains") gains
drive without losing it's underlying melancholic tone is beautifully done indeed.
"Dancing Queen" from Abba sounds almost as if it would be unimaginable without the banjo."
Bonner Rundschau, 09/2005
Pop classics with cowboy boots and hats
"...and the pulse of the audience joins in at once. Right from the first song
"These boots are made for walking", it's clear to the audience that these five
musicians are in charge of things. And with "Over the Mountains" – Rheinhard Mey's
"Über den Wolken" – "Walk on the Wild Side" or the title track from the
T.V. series "The Unknown Stuntmann" the last reluctant few are caught up in that
invisible lasso and not one person stays seated during the 30 minutes of encores.
You could also call it "burning down the house" which is the exact meaning of the term
"Texas Lightning" in Texas." Bonner General Anzeiger, 09/2005
Boy, is that bubbling!
"...This time the roles have been switched. As rock band law dictates, Dittrich sits
behind his drum set at the back of the stage while the forty year old Olsen stands up
front and sings – and very well indeed. Together with co-singer Jane Comerford,
a rancher's daughter from Australia, this band is equipped with vocalists that would
be pretty hard to match." Brigitte, 09/2005
Lolita for cowboys purrs "Kiss" into the microphone
"...when the charming Jane sang a rocky version of Chuck Berry's "C'est la vie"
it put even Emmylou Harris in the shade, and when it came to the Madonna hit
"Like a Virgin" the audience was raving. By the end of the evening not one person
was still in their seat..." Neue Rundschau Wilhelmshaven, 09/2005
The bible belt is far away, Marlboro country is near at hand
"...You'd think you were seeing a genuine all-american band on stage. "Fastfinger"
Schmidt plucks the strings of his banjo with artistic perfection, the exquisite
Comerford plucks the strings of her ukulele and shows all night long that she's
in very good voice. "The Flame" Olsen shows his mastery on the guitar and
"Ringofire" Dittrich is visibly enjoying himself behind his drumset..." Dresdner Neuste Nachrichten, 09/2005
Texas Lightning proved it: in every classic song there's a country song
"They saved the best for last. As Uwe Frenzel seized the strings of his double-bass
and as singer, Jane Comerford and guitar players, Jon Flemming Olsen and Markus
Schmidt joined in for the classic song from the morbid underground poet,
the audience went wild. "There's a country song in every classic song" is what
the band maintained beforehand, and with their version of Lou Reed's "Walk on
the Wild Side" they certainly proved it. In Worpswede the air was on fire..." Weser Kurier, 09/2005
Five musicians under one hat
"...with their expert arrangements, the band manages to make even Michael Jackson's
"Man in the Mirror" or Madonna's "Like a Virgin" sound like they were written for
Merle Haggard or Patsy Cline. After two hours, Texas Lightning left a thrilled audience behind..." Der Osnabrücker, 09/2005
Good country air
"...Dittrich is an improvisation artist, entertainer and actor on T.V.
Now it becomes clear, beneath it all he was always a musician. And if you watch his
blissful smile while he slams down on his snare drum, you soon realize, this man's
beat flows right from the soul (...) By the end of the evening everybody in the
Savoy have folded back their movie theatre seats and rave about a band who has
managed to free country music from it's embarrassing ghetto." Süddeutsche Zeitung, 09/2005
Country with a shining lightness
"...above all, Texas Lightning presented their music with a fascinating lightness,
achieved through the perfected craftsmanship of the musicians." Sächsische Zeitung, 09/2005
Let's go Country
"...Mr Olsen and Mr Dittrich have a country heart as well. "Texas Lightning" is not
the perfectly styled, humourous, side-line project of a bored actor.
This music is played for the sake of the music." Stern TV Magazin, 08/2005
Cowboy Hats and Bad Guys
"...The evening becomes such a special occasion because it's not trying to be anything
other than a Country Music Concert. Even "Over the Mountains", the english adaptation
of Rheinhard Mey's "Über den Wolken", doesn't sound like a take-off, but more like
an authentic hyme straight from the land of bounless freedom. (...) In the end, after
two and half hours, the band had to repeat a few songs because the crowd kept wanting
more encores." Tagesspiegel Berlin, 08/2005
It's not a joke - it's country
"...After more than two hours the band said their farewells, but they hadn't
reckoned with the absolute party hype of the audience. Finally, only after
6 encores including a reprise of "Dancing Queen" and "Over the Mountains",
did the audience let the obviously very happy musicians leave the stage.
The evening was an excellent advertisement for well made country music, performed
by an outstanding band, who will hopefully continue to give many more great concerts
and convince the last of the country-music-grumblers of the uniqueness of this musical style." Western Mail, 10/2005