Woodland Park Zoo
June 30, 2010
Joe Ely opened solo acoustic (opened with a variation on the Lonesome Road Blues, aka Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad)
Steve Earle: solo acoustic (guitar, mandolin, mandocello)
Christmastime In Washington
Devil's Right Hand
My Old Friend The Blues>
I Can't Remember If We Said Goodbye
You Know The Rest
South Nashville Blues
Blue Light ???
Fort Worth Blues
Pancho & Lefty
Some Old Folk Song (it mentioned Pine Bluff, Ark.)
Rich Man's War
Go To Sleep Little Rock 'n' Roller
We're All Going Down To Dixie>
The Galway Girl
City Of Immigrants
This City Won't Ever Drown (Theme from HBO's Treme)
Steve was in good form last night. He seems to be in a transition between the Townes project and whatever's next, not playing too much of the Townes material, and debuting the new song from the Treme series. He argued for ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, made a quick reference to the "idiots in Arizona" before playing City of Immigrants, and spoke lovingly about his newest son, his first child with his wife Allison Moorer, and first he's had while sober. Seemed like a fairly happy camper. It was nice to see him all alone, without the beatmaker he'd had the last two times through. Steve made the weird pairing of folk music and hip-hop beats work better than I've seen others who've tried, but I think the organic nature of his music is better served by real instruments, not sampled ones.
Looks like a relatively short set for Steve. The two times I've seen him solo acoustic, once back in 96 and once last summer, they just about had to drag him offstage with one of those hooks.