Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF GIGS : OTHER FOLK NOW CONTRIBUTING!!!
Not sure if you want reader reviews but i thought i might mention Saturday night's gig.
ABC Sauchiehall Street - The Felice Brothers supported by Craig Finn
Been a fan of America's finest the Hold Steady for a number of years so couldn't pass up the opportunity to see front man Craig Finn perform a solo set at the ABC. With the Hold Steady being on a bit of a break Craig's gone and done a solo album. Clear Heart Full Eyes is, well lets be honest, not a patch on the Hold Steady but it's a solid enough debut in a quiet and affecting way and most of it gets an airing tonight. Backed by some check shirts with guitar, bass, drums and slide guitar/guitarist the band were pretty good especially as things start to speed up towards the end with the single Honolulu Blues and New Friend Jesus where Mr Finn helpfully informs us he's got a new friend and his new friend's name is Jesus.
The Felice Brothers I knew little of but they were a wee bit of a revelation to these ears. Lining up in a row from left to right we had violin/box of tricks, accordion/keyboards/vocals, guitar/vocals, bass/vocals, drummer. This is a band that looks like they're doing everything they can to avoid pigeon-holing we had everything from folk to hip-hop to country to old fashioned hoe-downs. The busy crowd seemed to be enjoying all of this and I didn't catch too many song titles but Whisky In My Whisky will have you singing along on first listen. I'm thinking my wallet's going to regret me going to this one.
All contributions welcome.........