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Wednesday, August 23, 2006
dylan details
Listening to:Another Nail Through My Heart, Squeeze
Reading:back of cereal box
Weather:a chilly 50, sunny
Finally a moment to catch up on the blog. The Dylan show Sunday evening was just lovely. The weather was perfect, all I needed was the light jacket I brought for when the sun went down. The ballpark was nice and comfortable and really small, holds about 3000 for games, more for shows since they let folks stand on the field in front of the stage. Larry and I sat next to some nice folks from Morgantown. Unfortunately they all smoked constantly, so I had a funky headache by the end of the show. Parking was easy, cost the obligatory $5, finding the place was a little weird. You can see it from 70, but there aren't signs to get in, so ya gotta know to actually drive into the Wash Crown Center Mall parking lot to get to the road into the park.

WashPA Falconi Field
August 20, 2006
1. Maggie's Farm,
2. She Belongs To Me
3. Watching The River Flow
4. Blind Willie McTell
5. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
6. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
7. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
8. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
9. Ballad Of A Thin Man
10. Highway 61 Revisited
11. Every Grain Of Sand
12. Summer Days
(encore)
13. Like A Rolling Stone
14. All Along The Watchtower
Anyhoo, Elana James and the Continental Two opened, bluegrass quartet that played beyond grass to some jazzy stuff, their sound sucked, I wasn't impressed. Next up, Junior Brown. Sound much better. Holy shit. This cat is like the Hendrix of Texas swing. He plays a broad variety, lots of american roots styles, and he totally tears up on this crazy guitar of his. Yes, it's half six string, half steel. Amazing dude, either makes ya wanna quit or practice. Next up, Jimmie Vaughan. He was adequate, not much to say about his show. By now I'm jonesing for some Dylan.

Jones satisfied! Bob in his black hat on keys and harmonica, band of Tony Garnier on bass, George Recile on drums, Stu Kimball on rhythm guitar, Denny Freeman on lead guitar, Donnie Herron on guitar, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel, fiddle. Sound was great. Bob starts croaking out "I ain't gonna work on Maggie's Farm no more." The crowd goes wild. You never expect great singing from Bob, but he was really having a hard time getting it to speak, I was worried. But by about the 3rd song, he was sounding good, still a little gravelly, but it works. He tends to reinvent every song live in such a way that you don't even recognize it for a bit, unless you know the first line. He surprisingly musical in his new interpretations. It's Alright Ma was like a totally different song, new melody, new underlying riffs. But it and most of the other tunes had a sinister kind of groove under them, very dark and interesting. The highlight for me was the man ripping out a sizzling Watchtower encore. I deeply love that song, even if some of you think Watchtower is the new Freebird, you noodleheads. It's astounding, and he wailed on it. Well worth the hour long drive home. Thank you Bobby Z, you rule!


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