Thursday, October 9, 2008
HSB Sunday 10-05-08
Sunday morning Poor Man's Whiskey added a latin flair and played an awesome set! Of note was their Whiskey in the Sky With Diamonds after the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. Today was a special day for one of the Whiskiers...Josh proposed to his girlfriend...She shot him down...on stage, in front of thousands of people....jk. She said yes!
Sorry I don't have more to say about them, they're frikken awesome...I was too busy rocking out to write more. But...I did take pictures!
I do have something to say about this guy....At the end of the night....he was running around with no clothes on. Really. Like....Really no clothes. Uhhh I didn't really need that. kthanks.
Next up was Moonalice, I guess the crowd felt different to me being in front for PMW as opposed to moving back to my tarp for the Moonalice set and having the croud in front of me. It was crowded. Alison Brown and Joe Craven were up next. I love all of Joe Craven's noises and how much fun he has up there. He adds an interesting twist to something a little more blue than Moonalice.
DRUMROLLLLLLLLLL......................................Quite possibly...Wait...no....ACTUALLY my most anticipated set of the day (nothing but love for PMW but I've seen them like 5 times already this year, they're still great I just get them all the time). They were FANTASTIC (I know holy crap that's a lot of caps - its the way I feel okay? If you were standing in front of me I would be yelling it). It truly is amazing how much they play off each other so much. Its like a conversation on the stage. From one topic to the next, each one has something different to say and maybe they have different amounts and things to say on each topic but it is a conversation none the less.
Each person brings their personality to the conversation and they all get to talk. Even then, I don't think my analogy does justice to it, the music is so much better than talking. If they weren't all guys I might use something related to sex, but they are so I won't.
Banjo player, Danny Barnes from Bad Livers played Get it While You Can and it made everyone in the band was really excited to be playing and singing it in a slightly different style. Chris Pandolfi was so psyched to be playing with one of his inspirations and to be able to share the stage with him, I don't know if there was a time during that song when Panda wasn't grinning. Fantastic.
Its funny, sometimes when I'm really into what's going on sometimes I run out of things to say and sometimes it makes me ramble. Jeremy Garrett has a voice like no other! So amazing. When he sings I feel like I can't focus on anything else going on, amazing. Hahaa I'm glad I don't know and talk to him on a regular basis. I think I would have a hard time not watching him talk and listening to the sound of his voice. I think the conversation would be one sided because all I would want to do is listen.
Jesse Cobb is one fanfrikkentastic mandolin player. I don't play the mando (haha and I don't even pretend to attempt it) but my goodness, he sounds so good. Now Ronnie McCoury is an awesome mandolin player too but when Cobby plays, it is so warm. If a teddy bear could play the mandolin that essence would be encompassed by Cobb. I don't have enough words to describe how fantastic their set was. I've been waiting in anticipation to see them again since I saw them months ago. If only I lived on the east coast, or the south. They tour over there more often. They hit the UK and Europe bluegrass scene this year, did a bunch of stops in Germany and there are a bunch of videos of those tour stops on youtube. If you want to catch a song from this set you can see it here: Poor Boy's Delight. They've only been together for like 2 years now - it would be as if you expected a toddler to write a dissertation on elementary particle interation ---this toddler did it---does it. Every new listener, every person who catches a set of theirs is amazed at how breathtaking their music is.
Travis Book, Jeremy Garrett, Andy Hall, Andy Falco, Chris Pandolfi, Jesse Cobb together are awesome songwriters, musicians, artists, pickers, grinners and a fantastic Nashville bluegrass supergroup. The rest of the shots from their set are here.
The Waybacks are local to SF and they started the show talking about it they played the crowd well and during the set I actually got a chance to look areound. They drew a crowd. They were good. I'm sorry though, their greatness was overshadowed by the dusters. I know they were good but I got up for a crowd breather and missed much of their set.
Tea Leaf Green should be renamed four hot guys with skills. The keyboard player has a really awesome unique voice, raspy and clear at the same time and he later played the harmonica. The guitar player also sang - they both had extraordinarily deep voices.
The bass player rocked out. I love it when people enjoy what they're doing so much they can't contain it. Awesome. They invited a guest mandolin player up, Erick McVaddon. This is another band I'll be sure to watch in the future. The lead singer's voice reminds me of Jerry Garcia. They then invited out Dan Lebowitz (who also played this morning with PMW) and he played a steel guitar across his lap. Earlier with PMW he played an accoustic six string. He's really good...
All in all, this year's HSB was better than last year's. They keep getting better. You can check out all the pictures from HSB that I took here.