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Reviews of Patty on tour

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:48 pm
by jmp31
If anyone is hesitating before getting tickets for a Patty-Buddy concert, this review of the St. Louis show might convince you to go for it. I can't wait for Boston!
Jane ... _louis.php

setlist - St. Louis 3/26

PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:52 am
by tylew
The St. Louis show was fantastic. Here was the setlist:

If I Had My Way
Wade In The Water
Little Fire
Death's Got A Warrant
Move Up
Heavenly Day
I Do Believe [Waylon Jennings cover]

[Patty sans band]
Never Grow Old

Love Throws A Line
Strange Man
Waiting For My Child To Come Home
I Smell A Rat
House of Gold
We Shall All Be Reunited
Top Of The World

Coming Home To Me
Up To The Mountain

PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:38 pm
by traveler102
Saw her in Lawrence. Longtime fans should be warned that she does mostly Downtown Church, with only a few older songs. My initial disappointment at this fact was soon banished by her AMAZING stage presence. "We Shall All Be Reunited"- a song I thought was somewhat bland on the album- became simply transcendent live. And her band was so incredible. I have to say that on songs like "Move Up" and "Love Throw a Line" she literally rocked. Patty is one hell of a live performer.
And I have to admit I had to fight back tears during "Mary." Great, great show.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:07 am
by Arlene
FYI. Here's a review by my friend Evan of the April 1st show in Seattle at Moore Theatre:

Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller played an outstanding show last night
at the Moore Theater. Patty and Buddy, and the drummer and standup
bass player from Patty's band, were onstage almost all night. the
first set was led by Buddy, the second set was led by Patty.

Here's Buddy's set list:

1. That's How I Got to Memphis (just Buddy and an acoustic guitar).
2. Worry Too Much (with Patty and the band)
3. Wide River to Cross (Buddy promised he wouldn't say anything bad
about nearby Tacoma -- where he lived for a few years -- but he
couldn't help it, after all.)
4. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go (this turned into quite a space jams,
with beautiful stream-of-conscious playing by Buddy.)
5. I Want to Be with You Always (Buddy mentioned the new album he
recently recorded with Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot, and told us that
Patty had sung this song with him on the album
. "It an old Lefty
Frizzell song," he said, "but then they are ALL old Lefty Frizzell
6. Shelter Me (the band began to show some "Downtown Church" gospel
vibe on this song, with Patty on beautiful harmonies)
7. Written in Chalk (he made mention of his wife Julie, and received
so much applause that it surprised him)
8. Gasoline & Matches
9. All My Tears

Buddy didn't perform an encore. He's such an amazing singer,
songwriter and guitarist. It was great to see what an enthusiastic
response he received from the crowd.

When Patty took the stage, she was also accompanied by a keyboard
player (I didn't catch the name) and guitarist Doug Lancio, along with
Buddy and the drums and bass.

This band works well for Patty. The band has a big spacious sound, and
they can really swing. Like a jazz band, all of the musicians listen
to each other and leave space so you can hear everything. With the big
stain glass-inspired mural hanging overhead, and the organ
accentuating almost every song, you really did feel as if you were in
church. The full harmony of the male voices set off Patty's voice to
good advantage, too.

I have to admit that I dropped my pen midway through Patty's set, and
it rolled off down the aisle. So I didn't get Patty's full set list.
But she played most of the songs from "Downtown Church." She also
played a couple of older songs ("Mary" and "Love Throw a Line" and
"Heavenly Day").

She played a poignant Waylon Jennings song "I Do Believe" which she
said she heard to late to include on "Downtown Church" but which she
recorded for a Waylon Jennings tribute album:
"I'm a believer In my
own way, right or wrong, I don't talk too much about it..."

She also played a new song which she'd also performed as part of 3
Girls and Their Buddy, which (I think) is titled "Get Ready Marie"
which Patty said was inspired by a photograph of her grandparents.

She closed with two encores, including the Fabulous Thunderbirds song
"Why Get Up" and her song "Up to the Mountain."

All in all, it was three hours of wonderful music. If you liked
"Downtown Church" you'll love this tour."

PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:53 pm
by Russell
From a review of the Berkeley show:

Heaven and Hell. Sin and redemption. The pointlessness of our earthly pursuits. Clinging desperately to faith in something good, despite the soul-crushing emptiness of life in a broken world. These were some of the themes of last night’s concert. And by Patty Griffin standards, it was a fairly lighthearted evening.

. . .

But the evening was still jam-packed with the kinds of startlingly poignant soul-folk on which she’s made her name. From “Coming Home To Me” (from Church), to her old classic “Mary,” to the closing performance of “Up To The Mountain” (rapidly becoming one of her signature songs, having been covered by the likes of Kelly Clarkson and even Susan Boyle), I felt like my heart was about to just give out at several points throughout the evening. Patty Griffin is like the living embodiment of that plastic bag from American Beauty.

LINK to the full review

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:07 am
by lily
Heaven and Hell. Sin and redemption.

MB, does this reviewer have your CD?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:36 pm
by marybeth
ha ha, Russell already pointed that out! 8)

Hey, I didn't make up the phrase!

reviews of Patty on tour

PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:18 pm
by jmp31

reviews of Patty on tour

PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:21 am
by jmp31
and at Old Settlers and ACL taping
(Reviewer calls Patty's voice a National Treasure) ... parts.html


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:54 am
by Turk
Those last two reviews are just awesome.
Thanks, Jane.

Would love to see this:

An added bonus was Emmylou, along with Shawn Colvin, Mike Farris and the McCrary Sisters all singing backup on several of the songs like "Coming Home To Me" and "Little Fire". A gratifying conclusion to an exceptional weekend of music.

Reviews of Patty on Tour

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:17 am
by jmp31
Boston House of Blues, 6/6: ... _of_blues/

I can attest that it was a wonderful performance. Patty full of energy, moving around a lot, having as good a time as her appreciative audience, and of course singing her head off. Buddy was his usual super self, and Doug Lancio threw out some great guitar work. The unexpected appearance of Shawn Colvin was a nice bonus.

Set lists for Buddy (with whom Patty appeared throughout his set after he opened with How I Got to Memphis) for Patty were pretty much as at other performances on this tour, mixing Downtown Church numbers with quite a few from earlier CDs. But she ended her encore set with Wind Me Up, which I don't believe she'd done before. Patty said it was a Thunderbirds song she'd been listening to a lot lately.

I was there with Karen - enjoyed meeting her and comparing Patty notes. I was so grateful that she did the driving through a torrential downpour to get to Boston.But I do not recommend the Boston House of Blues as a venue because you have to plead infirmity to get to sit down there.


PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:04 am
by dougzilla
I agree with Jane, this was a great show. I brought my little three legged seat for the times when there was no music. It looked like first balcony left and right had some good looks at the stage. This was my first time there. This was the most relaxed I have seen Patty. I think she was on stage for all but three songs either joing Buddy or singing herself. I left feeling satsified (that may come from age and having to stand)and the only wish I would have had would be for her to do the last hymn on the CD. For me that song at the end of Downturn Church has been a transporting moment.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:21 pm
by KarenJL
I enjoyed meeting you, too, Jane, and thank you for accompanying me to the Boston HOB show. Great show. This was the most relaxed I've seen Patty, and (I know I say this all the time) this is the best she's ever sounded. I do like the HOB as a venue, but I agree that there could be more seating.

Loved that she kept to the gospel theme for the night. She had some cute comments... made me laugh when she described her dog Bean as a 'gargoyle / pig / bat dog'. And that it was cool to be playing on Lansdowne Street in the former Mama Kin building (I had completely forgotten about that club). And that everyone was a trooper for coming out in the weather (Patty said there were tornadoes spotted in Belmont). I'm glad Patty, Shawn and Buddy made it!

Reviews of Patty on tour

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:56 pm
by jmp31
Oh, I forgot that Patty asked if anyone remembered her early incarnation as a waitress at Pizzeria Uno in Harvard Square. Didn't hear a response, but Patty apologized for being just about the worst waitress ever.

Still marveling at the power and sheer energy of her performance -- and at the end she looked as if she had plenty to spare!

Look forward to hearing about the New York shows.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:10 pm
by marybeth
Thanks for those reviews folks. That sounds like a fabulous show!