No big surprises from big Dave last night, just a solid well-conceived solo outing. Switching between two guitars, he played for about an hour, told some stories, and kept the crowd's attention in the intimate confines of Joe's Pub.
The crowd was polite and subdued, very little yelling out requests and I think Dave appreciated it and was able to deliver a focused set.
He opened with "Demon In Disguise", more a rap than a song these days but it was cool to see. Most of the rest of the set was dominated by blues songs from his new album "Try Me One More Time" -- purely a solo acoustic record. He covered artists such as Big Bill Broonzy ("Hey Bub Blues"), Rev. Gary Davis ("Trying To Get Home"), Blind Willie McTell ("Love Changing Blues"), and Robert Johnson ("Kind Hearted Woman").
Highlights for me were his version of "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" and the encore "Kaatskill Serenade" where he delivered one of the most intelligent and interesting anti-Bush sermons I have ever seen an musician deliver. It was a message both to pro-Bush and anti-Bush people, essentially saying that the rights taken away by the administration's war on terror cannot be taken back. Whomever is in the White House next, Republican or Democrat, will not want to give back the new power Bush stole from the people.
For those going to see Dave solo, get there on time and don't expect more than an hour. Dave delivers notoriously short shows and this solo outing is no exception. It's worth it though, especially if you like acoustic blues and finger picking (you should get at least one during the set).
Real nice review Grady, thanks
by the time i realized he was playing there he already sold out
joes pub rocks
Saw Dave at the beginning of January, and I definitely agree--his take on politics is something everyone should hear, he delivers it well. I usually roll my eyes when the soapbox comes out, but his was nothing like that. Food for thought.
Just to set the record straight-Dave used to do longer shows as recently as the 90's but hey he is older.
Love that guy.