As soon as Morgan Evans walks up the stairs of the Betsey Trotwood pub to record his Holler Live Session, a calm breeziness envelopes the room.
Since moving nearly 10,000 miles from Australia to Nashville, Tennessee eight years ago, Evans has embraced Keith Urban's taste for playing around with pop country's foundations while adopting Kenny Chesney's mantras and aspirations for living life to the fullest, exactly as you wish to.
Joining us on a busy afternoon in London, Evans treats us to an intimate performance that pleasingly spans the breadth of his catalogue, even through just three definitive songs.
Opening with his 2018 album closer 'Young Again', he sets off a battery of happy memories, all while calling for us to live in the moment. The bittersweet notion of getting older and the realisation that such moments can't last forever rings even sharper through the stripped-back performance.
"This is a song that I wrote at the end of last year", Evans reveals. "At the time I wrote it, it felt like the saddest song in the world; sometimes it still does". 'Over For You', a song Evans wrote following the break-up of his marriage, breaks under the weight of unanswered questions; Evans' vulnerability and desire to understand the situation he's found himself in imprinting itself on the performance.
"As you can probably tell from the way I talk, I grew up in Australia, but for the last eight years I've called Nashville, Tennessee home", he surmises, "when I first moved over, this was the first song we put out".
Breaking into the catchy chords of 'Kiss Somebody', Evans proceeds into not only his biggest hit to date, but perhaps the song that encapsulates his freeing, take-a-chance style of songwriting; full of empathy, exuberance and heart.
Evans' music encourages you to dive head first into every scary decision you ever to make - cause who knows what might happen?
Director: Dan Monro
Cameras: Dan Monro, Tom Francome, Nick Richards and Joe Monk
Audio Engineer: Nathaniel Kastoryano
Editor: Dan Monro (Lookout Productions)
Producers: Ross Jones & Gemma Donahoe