I’ve been everywhere, man

4 Jun

Or maybe it just seems like it lately.

In addition to the Taylor Hicks show, I also caught some other concerts this weekend. In case you missed them…

 Damien Rice, The Orpheum, Memphis, Thursday (5.31)

I’ve seen some really great concerts this year, but alt-folk singer Damien Rice’s show at the Orpheum will count as one of the best.
Rice, his bassist and drummer tore through Rice’s best material and even pulled out a few terrific covers to top it off.
This was Rice’s last show for this leg of his tour, so he really had fun with it.  He took requests from the audience, but also reminded everyone that he would still do what he pleased (example: he ignored repeated requests for “Elephant” and “Amie”).  He started out the show with “The Professor” and wound up playing so may of his greatest songs, like “Rootless Tree,” “9 Crimes,” “Eskimo,” “Dogs,” “Volcano,” “Accidental Babies,” “The Blower’s Daughter,” “Cheers Darlin'” and “Delicate.”

Highlights…
–At the end of “Accidental Babies,” he threw in an incredible version of “When a Man Loves a Woman” (and, no, crazy girl sitting down from me….that’s not a Michael Bolton original).  Then he went back into the last lines of “Accidental Babies.”
–His live version of “Cheers, Darlin'” is outstanding.  He has a waiter come out, pour him some wine and light his cigarette, and he pretends to get wasted as he sings the truly sad song about watching his love marry someone else. It’s hilarious.
–The show was unplugged anyway, but Rice took it one step further by stepping away from his mic and unplugging the amps from his guitar and singing “Cannonball.”  Rice made himself heard, even with no mics, and the Orpheum was so silent.  Really amazing.
–Since it was the last show, Rice pulled his crew on stage for a big jam.  They played “Suspicious Minds” and “Twist and Shout.” It was totally on the spot and fun.

 Oxford Sessions, Ford Center, Oxford, Friday (6.1)

Do yourself a favor and catch the next taping of Oxford Sessions when it rolls around.  Marty Stuart hosted and performed both nights. When I went Friday, Charlie Musselwhite and the Blind Boys of Alabama performed.
If you’re familiar with either act, you already know how incredible they are.  Absolutely every song was a thrill.  And Marty and his Fabulous Superlatives did not disappoint.

I know I’m not saying much about that but really, it was just excellent.  So be sure you catch the next one.  I think it’ll be a great thing for Oxford, Ole Miss and music, and you can’t get better than that.

Highlights
–Maybe I’m easily entertained but I really enjoy watching how TV shows are put together, so that’s just a hoot.  Doing something over and over, for reasons that are beyond me, is entertaining.
–It was a one-time only thing, but that guy’s joke about St. Peter and the guys who were having hard days.  I’m still laughing about that one.

 Hope you guys enjoyed this blog…more to come I’m sure.

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