Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Those in attendance did get more than their money's worth out of Dave Alvin. Long one of America's great songwriters, Dave Alvin also knows how to bring the rock & roll (more roots rock of late but still rockin'). The show last night started out with King Of California and while this tight 4 piece wasn't exactly unplugged, it was a bit more introspective during the first set. An excellent Border Radio was one of many highlights.
Dave is playing City Winery tonight in NYC. Check him out if you can.
Monday, November 14, 2011
The first set was just so much fun. I took my son for the first time and he loved it. Kind of a Best of the Dead set. The second set really stretched out a bit with a fine The Other One > St. Stephen. It was even great to hear the Disco Dead of Shakedown Street. Larry Campbell guested on a number of songs and his always fine playing was a wonderful addition.
Here's a photo of the setlist...
You can download the show at the Internet Archive.
Opening the show was Lily Hiatt, John's daughter, who is a singer-songwriter in Nashville. Her style is generally not my thing but she got a polite, if not overwhelming, reception and appeared to have went over well. It does help when your father is the headliner.
John Hiatt is nothing if not consistent. He has made good album after good album for the past twenty years and his newest is no exception. His set drew heavily from his latest as well as a bunch of songs from Bring the Family and Slow Turning. The band was tight, his voice was strong and things were good.
All in all a great night of music.