I wish I could tll you the set list-all three got equal time and there were a lot of Cracker fans who joined the cool rendition of Mr. Wrong. Lots of Moe fans too.
They were having an exceptionally great time playing because it was the last show and they gave it all they had.
Got to talk to Johnny (what a sweetie) Loved those pjs!!!!!!!!! I look forward to the band coming on March 14! I am going to look for some stuff from the other guys because they impressed th e hell out of me. To those who did not get to see them-you missed something great. Off to nurse my headache-
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Nice intimate show, if somewhat subdued. Just the three of them seated on the stage, with a couple of tables behind them handle candles and a small lamp. The guys each took turns doing a song, with an instrumental thrown in here and there. Johnny played two Cracker songs, Lonesome Johnny Blues and Trials and Tribulations. He also performed an instrumental he wrote about Redlands and a song he wrote "for a movie that was never released." But the highlight for me was when they kicked off the second set with "Little Wing". That's probably my favorite Hendrix tune, or Derek and the Dominoes for that matter. Each one sang a verse, and Johnny did a couple extraordinary solos with the mandolin.
Johnny played the mandolin on a couple of other songs too. I hoped maybe they might dig out something like "Father Winter" or "Steve's Hornpipe" (I especially love the latter), since it seemed like a much better opportunity than a regular Cracker show. But it's good to hear Johnny do some non-Cracker selections.
Gibb Droll did mostly his own stuff, while Chuck Garvey did a couple moe. songs (I think) and a couple covers: the Beatles' "I'm Only Sleeping" and a Cake song.
Being an acoustic show, the vibe was obviously more laid back than your typical Cracker show. The guys had to keep asking the audience if they were having a good time. I think a show like this, where the musicians are seated and playing acoustically, and the audience is not familiar with most of the songs, would work better if all of the audience could sit if they wanted--kind of like the Dead when they were on Playboy After Dark. Of course, that's more of a matter for the venue. Nevertheless, their great musicianship shone through, and they harmonized and played very well as a unit for only being together a week.
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