Friday, March 21, 2008
1: Bliss Monkeys, Return Someday, Pay Yer Dues, Hugs, Not Handshakes, California Snow & Rain, Worth Waiting, Irish Medley 2, The Crest, I've Got A Feeling*
2: Busted In Utah, Hobo Song, A Great Many Things, Sweet Honey Fountain > Silas^, Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place) > Sweet Honey Fountain, Cumberland Blues, Tornadoes And Football^, Virginia's Grin > Silas, Summertime Gal
E1: Rosalee McFall, Green Drop
* w/ Zac on drums
^ w/ Nat on drums
Saturday March 22, 2008
1: River Song, Roll River Roll, Big River, Hard Hearted, Cheatem's Dream, Beneath The Blossoms, What To Do, Guns Or Butter, Howlin' At The Moon, Poison Oak
2: Satisfy My Soul, Song In A Can, Honey Be, Lighten Up Your Load, Naked Blue, Cindy, Idaho Pines, Honkytonk Tequila, Up On Cripple Creek*, Right Between Your Eyes, In These Parts, Lovelight
* w/ Nat on drums
A wonderfully perfect weekend, delightful weather, great setlists, awesome venue, beautiful friends...couldn't have asked for anything more.
I really can't even list highlights because there are too many to list. These shows are without a doubt the best of the best, and I've seen lots of Butter!
Lots of fun covers, like the Mother Hips Song in a Can...seems they've really taken to this one and so have the fans, I think it's going to be in the lineup for a long time to come! Lovelight, Big River, Naive Melody, Up on Cripple Creek, a couple Peter Rowan choices--very appropriate with a full moon overhead! The only thing missing was Don't Think Twice It's Alright, they worked on it during soundcheck but it never made an appearance...
As for originals, it was a nice mix of old and new. The introduction of drums is something new to me. It's not too elaborate, just a touch of drums here and there. The flute, on the other hand, was dangerously close to too much. It's the most flute heavy pair of shows I've ever seen. We had a good time giving BOTB shit for her flute thread, but really, I'd like to see only one or two songs a night with flute. But that's a minor complaint, and it makes for a nice bathroom when there's too much!
The non-musical highlights of the weekend include cruising highway 1 at sunset, hearing the sea lions barking during set break and hammock lounging in the redwoods all day I love Nor-Cal!!
I saw them in Santa Cruz a couple of weeks ago and didn't think much of the drums at all; not just because I'm not a fan of drums in acoustic bluegrass/newgrass music, but because they're not really drummers.
I can handle the flute better than the tippy-tap drumming.
These guys can really play though, and they know how to bring it the way we like it. It's great to see them doing well.
Makin' me wish I'd made the trip down to Mendo -- but I used the time to work on my car and now I've got a roadworthy front suspension -- new ball joints, tie rod ends, control arm bushings, and sway bar bushings -- so now I'm ready for cruising to all the spring shows ahead!!
Great-lookin' setlists. Sounds like the drumming and the flute-heavy songs are a fairly recent development, and hope they don't make a habit of it 'cause I like my Butter old-school
Looks like the next time I'll have an opportunity to see them will be this summer at the Trinity Tribal Stomp and then at DOTC...
You missed a good one GFish but Butter consistently raises the bar...so the next one will be better anyhow
The drumming is just a little boom-chk-ing for the fun of it, I don't think it'll ever become a full time addition, the first night Zac and Nat took turns at the drum...just a little something to mess around with.
I've got my next fix on the calendar for the Fillmore, April 19th! With Poor Man's Whiskey opening it's guaranteed to be a great night!