written by Dorothy St.Claire
Brown Bird played a great set. It was still most of the same songs as the first two nights, but they closed with Johnny Cash's "Jackson". This got the crowd jumping more than I had seen with Brown Bird, and was the perfect choice of a cover song for these two to play together. Also, by this time I was becoming familiar with their songs and was really starting to get into them a lot more.
"Going Where They Do Not Know My Name" opened the show and set the mood for the entire evening. Everyone was bouncing and happy as Jeff sang "Steep Grade Sharp Curves", and I made my way to the side of the stage for a different view. "Same guy from last night - just as damn good. Adam Aijala on guitar!" Jeff introduced Adam, whose first song of the night was "Honestly". I was lucky enough to have been in the right spot at the right time for this one, because when the second half of the song started I felt the burst of energy from the crowd. It was a very cool thing to watch the waves ripple through the audience as everyone danced under Ted's lights.
"Kentucky Mandolin" was the first and only instrumental of the night, followed by "Loved You Enough", the first of many Dave Johnston numbers. Then Adam took us into "Damned if the Right One Didn't Go Wrong" with the best guitar riff ever. Ben sang the hell out of it, and Dave and Jeff sure didn't disappoint, either. "You can't say I didn't warn you!" Ben said after that one. "Folks, give it up for DJ Jazzy Johnston on the 5-string love box of desire. During that last song, he took me places." They were determined to get us nice and sweaty, following "Damned" with "Free To Run". But then, after a short pause to re-tune, they played "Night is Left Behind", and my heart skipped a beat as they played one of my all-time favorite songs. "Pockets" came next, followed by the best singalong you will ever see, "40 Miles From Denver". It sure is something to look out at all of our friends with their eyes closed, singing their hearts out. They played "Shake Me Up" and then threw themselves into a raging "Raleigh and Spencer", closing the first set. Jeff knows just how to get the crowd in a frenzy, and that's exactly what he did before the band left us for their break.
It was sad that we had already come to the end of this much anticipated two night run, but we still had a couple more songs to enjoy before some of us had to part ways. The encore started with "Crazy" and ended with "Troubled Mind"> "20 Eyes"> "Troubled Mind". It was a great way to end the show, but the night was still young, and I was ready to start my birthday celebration.
Written by Dorothy St.Claire
|Yonder Mountain String Band|
3/31/12 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
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