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 got Moorer on stage to duet some; they were excellent together, and the two voices, which are so different, bounced off each other well.
He also managed the great trick of treating his audience as being sentient intelligent beings. The stories and the jokes weren’t labored, and made some assumptions, to the point of not actually delivering the end because he knew we’d got it already. The reference to TT comes not just from the material (some overlaps in influence with the ‘Upfront and Down Low’ album) but the audience interaction – not taking themselves too seriously, but wearing their influences on their sleeves.
I loved it; Sharon thought it was great, and professionally impressed; the 12 year old also loved it. Highly recommended.
Typical Birchmere. Smatterings of die hard fans, people who HAVE BEEN TO LOTS OF GIGS YOU KNOW, and folks who just wanted a nice night out.
It made me think..
In my ill informed way, it struck me that this is what ‘country’ should be. It’s American Folk, which is why I guess he’s now classed as an Americana artist.
And iTunes will soon have more Moorer on it. She’s aces.