August 17, 2007 (fri) - Mystic Theatre - Petaluma, CA
1: Silas, Pay Your Dues (The Woes And The Lows), California Snow And Rain, Come All Ye Who May%, Firefly, Amanda Lynn, June Apple, Backrooms Of My Mind, U.S. Blues*, Sugaree*
2: Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You*^, Be Kind Boys*^, Beneath The Blossoms*^, unknown# > Orange Blossom Special, Evolution > Molly Put The Kettle On > Evolution, Bliss Monkeys, California King, Limbo In Lovelock, The Fox > Cluck Old Hen > Spider > The Fox
E1: Return Some Day*, Lovelight*
* w/ Greg Anton (Zero) on drums
^ w/ Anders Beck (Wayword Sons) on dobro
# classical piece played by Aaron solo
% last "Come All Ye Who May" was on6/29/04 (537 shows)
Awesome show!! This band is so good, I love them to death! Great night, lots of fun and dancing, upbeat and rocking from beginning to end! One of the best butter shows of the year--they'll really have to raise the bar to top this one! Lots of familiar faces too--was reunited with Shasta Dave briefly! Funny to see those I expected to be at New Monsoon--it was tough to miss Fareed just a few blocks from home but Butter is always my first choice.
Greg Anton was great, not overpowering, just the right touch to compliment the bluegrass, the dead tunes were big fun! US Blues--a great fit with the banjo, had a nice bouncy feel, very lighthearted. The uptempo Sugaree gets me everytime! The Lovelight was more like Love-F'N-Light! Lots of dancing and big smiles all around. Loved it!
The only slow moment of the night was the 'Unknown' and I'm gonna guess that it was Bach, just because Aaron has a history of Bach...and the audience was way into it, listening attentively!
For those keeping track, it took about 3 minutes for the flute to make an appearance-Silas, first song of the night-ha! And Silas is a knitter, so you know I like it! Also of note, they teased a police in the encore, during Return Someday...of course I don't remember which one--oops. Somehow I don't think Duke is gonna care about this one
Tonight I'll be Staying Here with You...can't go wrong with Dylan. Come All Ye Who May, a breakout of sorts, hadn't been playing in a long time. The one breakout I was hoping for--still hasn't happened--Butch and Peggy, miss that one. The new tune was good--Be Kind Boys. Firefly, always a favorite, was sung with the Missy lyrics, to the crowds delight.
The show was loooong. At least by Mystic standards, played until after 12:30...Not sure I can remember a show that's gone later.
Wayword Sons was a nice choice to open, caught about half of the set, it was a short one, 30 minutes, it certainly won't be the last of them.
I like HBR but I think they should get a full time drummer. Thanks for the review, Emily.
>>I like HBR but I think they should get a full time drummer.
YES! That's what they NEED. I saw them with the New Monsoon drummer before, hoping he sits in with them today at Hidden Villa again.
Noooooooo...I'd be so sad if they had a full time drummer, guest drummers on occassion are fun, but full time too much...
Would be fun to see the NM drummer with them once more before he goes off to be a Blue Man though.
Nice review, Em, as usual.
Sounds like Butter was on the same high-energy plane as in their previous gig six days earlier -- on 8/11/07 at Dead on the Creek. These guys are on a serious roll, for sure.
I agree with Emily, no drummer.
And I'm a drummer myself, but drums nail things to the ground and the beauty of the bluegrass dynamic is the floating nature of the sound that's created withOUT drums to hold things down. IMO.
It's good to see these local boys doing well. I LOVED them the first couple of times I saw them, and the few times since have been hit & miss for me, but they're doing their own thing and making a success out of it; good for them.
And that bass player is GREAT!
im with the "no drummer" crowd...
..and adding the String Band back to Hot Buttered Rum. why they changed it to begin with who knows.
awesome Em, thanks.
>Come All Ye Who May%
I was about to say!!!!! then I saw the % = and yeah, That and Firefly about says it all. Must be Real nice up there.
It was completely out of left field, definitely added to the excited energy of the room...such a great night! That's the night that keeps you going back! Don't think there were any tapers though
I was just thinking, have you ever considered being a taper?
Nah...I like being a drunk too much...I'd break and lose too much gear, The archive is as close to the tapers as I get
taping under the influence? why that's unheard of!!