Saw Brandi Carlile and Shawn Colvin Sunday night at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA. A few random notes:
If you get a chance to listen to Brandi Carlile, do so. She fits in well with Shawn with a sultrier timbre to her voice. She stole the show from Shawn who was able, but was simply Shawn. Carlile was a revelation singing country tinged songs or sometimes even actual country songs such as Johnny Cash’s Fulsom Prison Blues. She ended the night with a stunning rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. My favorite moment though was she began singing What Can I Say – and then there’s that moment when the audience responds knowingly to the song, and then the little smile she got when she realized the audience recognized her music. Her showing was one of those concert moments that felt so good and so right – hope to see her again soon.
I hope not to see the two drunken women that sat in front of us again. The Keswick is one of those places that attracts a regular crowd of people that go to hear good music without having to seek it out. People just show up – talk through the show, and pretend to be cool, and then go home just to do it again the next week. Mostly older people with their gray ponytails, native american sweaters, and like the women in front of us over-exuberant swaying and seat dancing to the music. These women would have been groupies somewhere else – and somewhere else I might have not noticed, but this was Shawn Colvin not Guns and Roses. Pretty pathetic.
All that said – I need to hear a band. You know, drummer, bass player, guitarist and all that; I remember when bands showed up with bands – what a great time that was. Everything was just a little too acoustic last night. Shawn and her band did do a pretty cool cover of the Gnarls Barkley song Crazy – I’ve noticed that Crazy is now the musicians version of the Aristocrats joke; everyone’s doing it.
All said – go listen to Brandi Carlile.