sometimes I wonder why I don't take the daily paper. I'd get out of the house more if I did.
take for example, yesterday: dragged meself out of bed at the crack o'11am, was checking email/VOX/etc and on a whim, popped over to the online edition of the paper.
"nothing, nothing, McCain, Obama, worst financial crisis, nothing…mmmm, what's this? musical lineup at Christ the King's Oktoberfest: 1:00pm Mark Olson and Gary Louris." those names sound familiar. about a mile from the house. free. quick googling: Mark Olson, founding member of seminal alt-country group The Jayhawks… well, I'm sold. quick shower and away we go.
the gig rocked, though the physical setup was rather…quaint. a wooden stage inside a tent, some basic PA equipment (manned by volunteers, natch -badly manned; which drove Mark Olson crazy – he kept on signaling the crew "lower, lower!"). one positive to the setup: it was thoughtfully located next to the Biergardner, for which teh SO was very appreciative. yet Olson&Louris played for over two hours without a break and the small (~200) audience had a blast.
the instrumental setup was as simple as the physical: Olson and Louris on acoustic guitars, Louris on the harmonica for a few tracks.
The set was a mix of The Jayhawks hits and tracks from the upcoming Louris/Olson album Ready for the Flood, drop date around Jan-Feb 2009. several of the tracks from the new album are outstanding – Bicycle, Turn your pretty name around, Kick the wood, Saturday morning on Sunday street.
*The rose society
Say you'll be mine
Over my shoulder
*Turn your pretty name around
Waiting for the sun
*Kick the wood
Tomorrow the green grass
Settled down like rain
*Saturday morning on Sunday street
See him on the street – introduced by Mark Olson as "a Kentucky sorta honky-tonk song"
Nothing left to borrow
*Doves and stones
Miss Williams guitar
Pray for me
*from upcoming album Ready for the flood