The WaybackS. Sorry, messed up the title.
Showed up around 9pm, people were still being served dinner on the dance-floor, where a few rows of tables were set up in front of the stage. There was still plenty of dance floor behind, but it was a very strange arrangement. Clearly the GAMH is pushing concert goers to spring for the "dinner show" if they want prime seating. Plenty of empty tables too, but the goons wouldn't let us sit down to order drinks since we hadn't purchased "dinner tickets'. Ok, if that's the way you're gonna be...off to the bar for a drink - luckily Poor Man's Whiskey hit the stage within a few minutes.
We were up and dancing and soon joined by other revelers who joined in the oddly festive atmosphere. Great set by PMW, they were relatively tame though, considering that the old folks seated right in front of the stage were chewing chicken during the set, it's understandable. By the time the band broke into Lake County Lady (about a Meth addict) the dance floor - what was available, was filling up. They finished with a sweet Biscuits and Honey, and James Nash (from the Waybacks) tore into the song, his finger flying faster than the speed of light. Delicious. Poor Man's Whiskey will be performing a blue grass version of Dark Side of the Moon next week at the Mystic, "Dark Side of the Moonshine." I was only disappointed that they didn't give us a taste of that last night. But as always, their playing tickled my funny bone and lifted my spirits. By this time, dinner was done being served and the goons finally allowed us to sit at the empty table. I mean put out coat down, we were up again after a short break. The Waybacks hit the stage and played one long impressive set. They are the most finely tuned precision players and singers I've seen in a long time. Mesmerizing. And I'm talking about the music, really. Although Nash's eyes and Hood's sensual lips...sorry, I digress. Warren Hood is a virtuoso in the fiddle, his playing and interplay with Nash's guitar playing is astonishing. Talk about being in synch. Add to that their sharing of the vocals on the best version of Dupress possible, this band had the entire audience entranced. Sparks were flying off that stage, from the entire band. Stevie Coyle on guitar let it rip a couple of times and wowed me good. He sang a gorgeous love song, Don't Laugh (?). Funky new City Boy is a great tune. And while the band members can sing, I think it's their chops that keep me coming back. Their sound has that Grisman dawg thang going on, so yummy. And their songs and presentation make for a fine "dining" experience for some, but I need to be up and groovin. Plenty of room to move - seemed like the GAMH was less than half full.
Thx for the review, Nancy!!
Haven't seen the Waybacks yet, but your review is getting me PSYCHED to catch 'em at the Harmony Fest less than a month from now!!
>>>"Dark Side of the Moonshine."
saw the waybacks with jim lauderdale at joes pub with a bunch of zoners
they were great and put on a fun show
YAY!! Can't wait for the Moonshine!!
I tried to get my parents to the show but my mom wasn't having it. She's a party pooper.
Bummed to have missed the Waybacks too, sounds like they keep getting better!
It would have been a PERFECT show to bring the parents to. In fact there were many people your parents age there - but seriously, it was smoke free, uncrowded, and plently of places for the old folks to sit. In fact, the woman next to me was kicking herself for not bringing her mother ~
I had a feeling it was THE show for them...oh well. I missed out on the show but you didn't miss out on the parents