Allison Moorer, followed by Hayes Carll should make for a good night out, right? Well, it was. In fact, it was excellent.
I usually brush off the support act as “yeah, OK” but a specific note for Ms Moorer. First show in a loooong time, although it didn’t show in her command of her material, the audience, or her voice. That voice is a thing of wonder, and I could have listened to her all night.
Mr Carll… The most apt description I can come up with is that he’s the Texan Teddy Thompson in many ways. The material can float from wryly humorous, to flat out in-yer-face, to heartbreakingly beautiful. I’ve spoken before for my love of his new album, and the track “Magic Kid” in particular. The album arrangement is so delicately balanced that I was worried about what one man and his guitar would do to it. Well, tears were shed; he gave a very personal introduction to the track, and then stripped it down to its basics, which worked.
The show overall was what you’d expect in terms of material. He played some old, he played some new, and then » Continue Reading.