Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath
First time have been to a seated gig at the Hare and Hounds but it was a welcome change. Stumbled across this gig by accident a couple of weeks ago and glad I did because Peter Case is someone I have wanted to see for a long time since I heard his debut album in 1986. But first Sid Griffin came to the stage – full of funny stories he definitely has a sunny disposition and a decent back catalogue to choose from. However in my opinion he is better suited to the raucous sound of the Long Ryders. His set covered songs from the Ryders, his solo stuff and also Coal Porters. It was okay but nothing in it to elevate it to greatness.
Before the show I had wondered who would headline as Sid Griffin possibly better known over here.
30 seconds into Peter Case’s set all doubts were removed. He was simply brilliant from start to finish.
Many songs from his most recent release Hwy 62 and covers by amongst others Memphis Minnie, Leadbelly, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. An excellent raconteur he also had the audience joining in to a complex singalong complete with handclaps that required attention. A highlight for me was the song Two Angels off his second album Blue Guitar. Apparently it was used in the Zombie series True Love and earned him a decent pay cheque.
He told us the story of a Plimsouls song (his former band) getting 2 million streams and he received a cheque for $13.80. I am sure the numbers are exaggerated but you get the drift.
The set came to an end too soon and his final encore was an unplugged stroll through the audience accompanied by Sid Griffin playing mandolin better than anything in his own set. They have been friends for years snd it shows. A great night.
As is customary there was one dickhead in the audience who seemed to think he was more interesting than Peter Case. He wasn’t. He started to really irritate me. Completely out of the blue retropath2 told him to ‘shut the fuck up’. It did the trick.
It made me think..
Apparently Peter Case has played the UK many times before – I never knew. His record label were also unable to get him any product for the merchandise table. I think he needs new management. He is a consummate performer and deserves better promotion than what he is getting.