David Nelson and Friends, 09/07/07
Mexicali Blues Cafe, Teaneck, NJ
Another night with David Nelson and Friends at the Mexicali. It gets no better!
They were last here on 05/31 and 06/01 - two great shows and tons of fun. Most likely tonight would be a repeat on the goodness. The Mexicali has now become my favorite place to hear music. I can't think of a single thing wrong with the place, top to bottom they got it going on there.
An easy drive down to Jersey, Commander Cody band providing the soundtrack. Got my brother and his girlfriend along for the adventures. Three other friends will be there also. Nice that some friends are getting out to see some music, but I wish more of them would go out for a night of fun with Nelson and Company. Best band in the land - them and the New Riders. At this point in my life these two bands are providing the tonic for a good time.
We had inside for cold beer and it satisfies. Their beer is really cold there. Just another thing they do so well. Mmmm beer!
Scrow started off the festivities of the evening, regaling the dinner crowd and other early arrivals. He does real good. Johnny Markowski was in the crowd checking out the music and he was enjoying himself. A great crowd of folks at the show, just enough for a party, but not too crowded.
And with that a quick cigarette outside and then the band we were all waiting for....David Nelson and Friends.
Some tuning and and it sounds like Fable Of A Chosen One and that is what they do. They complete the song unlike the last time they played here where they finished it up later in the evening. Off to a great start. Each instrument is clear and defined with nice separation between them. Sound Dawg delivering the goods again. Later in the evening he told me he's leaving for a while and won't be doing sound for the NRPS. Sounded like he will still do some west coast shows. He'll be missed at the NRPS shows. Thanks for all the great sound Tim!
Next up was Louis Collins. David Nelson had some really nice guitar playing on this one. Vocals top notch also. David excels at these songs. We're lucky to hear them. Thanks!
The Friend Of The Devil was really something after the vocals, they took off jamming touching on a few spots along the way. I didn't yet know it but it was at this early part of the show where the band would take off and soar. They never really slowed down after this, gaining more and more momentum as they snaked and slithered along.
One of the tunes I wanted to hear was Wizard's Son and this one didn't disappoint. The jamming was spectacular here. Songs like this easily show you the space that each musician gives each other. They all have plenty to say, and they say it, but it never sounds crowded or busy. Top notch!
Rag Mama Rag with Get Back sandwiched inside was Mookie's first lead vocal. He is awesome. They kept chugging along, right on the edge but never going over, instead riding it out with finesse and restraint. The Rag Mama Rag they played the last time here was more over the top. Tonight's version was masterful really.
Edge of The Wire was another song I was hoping to hear. Highly enjoyable.
They then teased a Cumberland Blues, but instead played Earl's Girls rockin the set to a close. Mookie and David did a good job of the vocals at the end - Don't you go looking to hard for love...don't you go looking now. Still one more set to go!
All I can say about the second set it they flat out blew the roof off the place. They hit go and never looked back. Amazing!
The Wicked Messenger, Into The Mystic, Cut And Run, Road To Armageddon, Stella Blue, Kick In The Head, * Box Of Rain
The crowd was lubricated on Nelson and such and ready to rock and roll! Cut and Run jammed on forever. Stella blue was sung by Pete Sears. He leveled the place, doing the song tons of justice. Great job Pete - wow! My friend go to the show early enough to hear the Kick In The Head soundtrack so I was psyched when they started it up. A great rave up for this night of music. We definitely got a kick in the had from the band - thanks!
It looks like the show is available on etree - check it out for yourself, it won't disappoint.
Box of Rain was the encore and sung great by David. What a night!
They were filming for a future DVD release. I think they also taped the the 05/31 and 06/01 show. Hopefully they will get a nice release out of these shows.
Hope to see this band again soon!
Thanks DN&F for a good time.
Rock N Roll!
Thanks For The Review John......Can't Wait For The Harvest Tour!!!
Dan- I should have my new computer within a few weeks. I will make those discs for you then and email you letting you know when they shipped.
I wish I could make the Harvest tour!
thanks john , and heres the link to the show
Excellent review, John!! Your blow-by-blow commentary almost made me feel like I was actually there!
It'd be great if somebody posted some photos to complement your review. Mexicali sounds like a very cool venue, hope I can make it there someday.
>>>Can't Wait For The Harvest Tour!!!
Nice Job JHT - thanks for helping me reconstruct the evening. Can't wait until my torrent download is finished
thanks jon !!!
(((((((( Harvest )))))))
Nice review JHT!
SBD is up on lossless legs
09/07/07 (Fri) Mexicali Blues - Teaneck, NJ
Set 1: Fable of a Chosen One, Louis Collins, Friend of the Devil > Wizard's Son > Rag Mama Rag, Edge of the Wire, Earl's Girls
Set 2: Wicked Messenger > Into The Mystic, Cut and Run > Road to Armageddon > Stella Blue, Kick In The Head, E: Box Of Rain
this show is sweeeeeeet and I'm only on RMR, it was a little chatty on Louis Collins, get the SBD if that kinda stuff bugs ya.
that fable opener was sick!
the jam in Rag Mama Rag was sicker!
Thanks for the words and thoughts JHT!
On the archive now
As well as someone else's matrix source