Love this review Gary and love both Hiatt and Earle. Well, I especially love Hiatt but that is complicated. The man can do no wrong in my estimation but with such a huge catalog, there are always regrets...
The lineup for this year's Roots n Blues festival in Columbia, Mo., Sept. 26-28, has been announced: the Avett Brothers, Los Lobos, Amos Lee, John Prine, Roseanne Cash, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jay Farrar, Jason Isbell, and much more. Columbia is delightfully nestled right between Kansas City and St. Louis, in the heart of the heartland.
Forgot to mention that I saw Keb' Mo' sing up in Tarrytown NY a few weeks ago. Man, that guy is good. I was thrilled to see that the theater was packed, and that a lot of people were singing along to most of his songs. An artist like that, who slowly but persistently builds his audience, earns my respect big-time. He did a few covers --his covers are fabulous -- but mostly it was his own material, which sits at a very sweet spot between blues, folk, and soul.
At one point Keb' announced that he would soon be eligible for Social Security, and joked that he wouldn't be touring anymore once that bounty kicked in. (Big laughs from the audience, many of whom are nearing that age themselves.) It seem strange that a guy who has only now begun to surface as a mainstream artist would be nearing that part of his life. You have to hand it to him; he hung in there, even when stardom eluded him, to keep on making his excellent music. Nice to see him headlining at some respectable venues now. (Last time I saw him, he was opening for Bonnie Raitt, herself a stealth act.) I couldn't love this guy more; he actually feels like a friend to me, though I've never met him.
If you don't know his work, please check it out! Here's a taste:
That was great Holly, I'd never heard of the guy, and it was beautiful. I saw our old friend GP a few months ago by the way. Will be watching Bog Dylan in Madrid in eight days. His Bobness will be supported by Los Lobos which is a very favorite band of mine.
"Die with Beethoven's ninth howling, and crashing away, or live safe in a world of silly clockwork music" A. Burgess